The Pescatons
 

No. 1 of 181 in the BBC classic series audios series
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Starring: Tom Baker & Elisabeth Sladen
By:Victor Pemberton
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Editions:  UK (LP) | UK (1st cassette) | Australia (LP) | UK (2nd cassette) | US (cassette) | UK (1st CD) | UK (3rd cassette) | UK (4th cassette) | UK (2nd CD)
Note:As many fans will know, The Pescatons was the first Doctor Who adventure written specially for the audio medium (and the only one until Slipback nearly a decade later). Also available as a novelisation and was later re-released on CD as part of The BBC Radio Episodes box set.

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Edition: UK (LP)
When:  August 1976
Publisher:  Argo
ISBN:None
Format: 1 x LP
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Note:  Catalogue number: ZSW 564

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A lonely stretch of beach at night, a slithering sound approaching from the sand-dunes nearby, and a roar to chill the hearts of even the most hardened followers of B.B.C. T.V.'s timeless space hero DOCTOR WHO, begins a Science Fiction adventure to thrill young and old alike.

The Doctor and his companion SARAH JANE battle against some of the most heinous foes to emerge from the outer Universe: The PESCATONS. The Doctor finds himself in the capital city of London, where the population is bewildered and trembling beneath the violent onslaught of a merciless invader.

Who or what is the mighty ZOR, whose green slanting luminous eyes glare out from the dark of night like giant emeralds? What is the powerful alien force that is bringing Earth's civilization to a standstill, threatening to annihilate everything in its path?

This is the story of a dying Planet, of a Deadly Weed, and of the merciless Creatures themselves. It is a Challenge to the Doctor — a frightening race against time......

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Edition: UK (1st cassette)
When:  August 1976
Publisher:  Argo
ISBN:Unknown
Format: 1 x cassette
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Note:  Catalogue number: KZSWC 564

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Edition: Australia (LP)
When:  January 1979
Publisher:  World Records Club
ISBN:Unknown
Format: 1 x LP
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Note:  Re-release by Australian mail-order outfit World Records Club.

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Edition: UK (2nd cassette)
When:  April 1985
Publisher:  London Records
ISBN:Unknown
Format: 1 x cassette
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Note:  Catalogue number: 414 459-4

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Edition: US (cassette)
When:  January 1986
Publisher:  Newman
ISBN:0-88690-249-5
Format: 1 x cassette
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Edition: UK (1st CD)
When:  December 1991
Publisher:  Silva Screen
ISBN:None
Format: 1 x CD
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A lonely stretch of beach at night, a slithering sound approaching from the sand-dunes nearby, and a roar to chill the hearts of even the most hardened followers of BBC TV's timeless space hero, DOCTOR WHO, begins a Science Fiction adventure to thrill young and old alike.

The Doctor and his companion SARAH JANE battle against some of the most heinous foes to emerge from the outer Universe: The PESCATONS. The Doctor finds himself in the capital city of London, where the population is bewildered and trembling beneath the violent onslaught of a merciless invader.

Who or what is the mighty ZOR, whose green slanting luminous eyes glare out from the dark of night like giant emeralds? What is the powerful alien force that is bringing Earth's civilisation to a standstill, threatening to annihilate everything in its path?

This is the story of a dying Planet, of a Deadly Weed, and of the merciless Creatures themselves. It is a challenge to the Doctor — a frightening race against time...

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Edition: UK (3rd cassette)
When:  December 1991
Publisher:  Silva Screen
ISBN:Unknown
Format: 1 x cassette
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Note:  Catalogue number: FILMC 707. Was withdrawn from sale soon after release, seemingly due to rights issues — Silva Screen originally believed they had the rights to release this story on both CD and cassette, but apparently it transpired that they had rights for a CD release only.

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Edition: UK (4th cassette)
When:  October 1993
Publisher:  Polygram
ISBN:1-85489-630-6
Format: 1 x cassette
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Note:  Catalogue number: 844 364-4

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Edition: UK (2nd CD)
When:  January 2005
Publisher:  BBC
ISBN:0-563-52764-1
Format: 2 x CD
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Note:  Also includes a newly-recorded interview with Elisabeth Sladen.

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Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen star as the fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane in this classic audio adventure, remastered for CD and now featuring an exclusive 45 minute bonus interview

'We have been waiting for you, Doctor. We knew you would come.'

The TARDIS's arrival, on a lonely stretch of beach at night, is closely followed by a slithering sound and a chilling roar — marking the beginning of a terrifying adventure on present day Earth for the Doctor and his assistant Sarah Jane Smith.

The deadly Pescatons have arrived! Refugees from their own dying planet, these towering amphibian monsters are led by the mighty Zor — whom the Doctor has encountered before. Soon the creatures have invaded London, wreaking death and destruction upon the city and all who stand in their way. In their efforts to help save the planet's population from this violent onslaught, the Doctor and Sarah must draw upon all their reserves of courage and ingenuity.

In an exclusive and highly entertaining bonus interview, recorded especially for this release, Elisabeth Sladen talks about her memories of Doctor Who and the Pescatons, her portrayal of the ever-popular Sarah Jane Smith, and what it was like to be part of the Doctor Who team in the 1970s.



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