The Paradise of Death

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The Paradise of Death
Doctor Who radio play
Paradise of Death.jpg
CD release cover
Writer Barry Letts
Director Phil Clarke
Length 5 episodes, 30 mins each
Originally broadcast 27 August – 24 September 1993
← Preceded by Followed by →
- The Ghosts of N-Space

The Paradise of Death is a radio audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who, produced by the BBC and first broadcast in five episodes on BBC Radio 5 from 27 August to 24 September 1993. The original radio play was released on CD as part of the BBC Radio Collection in March 2000. A second radio play featuring the Third Doctor, The Ghosts of N-Space, was broadcast in 1996.


Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart asks the Doctor to investigate a new theme park called Space World. Together with Sarah Jane Smith and Jeremy Fitzoliver, they take in the incongruous exhibits, including virtual reality and even live alien creatures.



Cast and Crew Notes[edit]

  • Writer Barry Letts was a long time writer, director and producer for Doctor Who, particularly during Jon Pertwee's years. He returned for another radio play, Jon Pertwee's last performance as the Doctor, The Ghosts of N-Space.
  • Harold Innocent previously portrayed Gilbert M in the serial The Happiness Patrol, and died between the broadcasts of episodes 3 and 4 of this serial.*
  • Peter Miles has portrayed several roles in Doctor Who, including Nyder in Genesis of the Daleks.
  • Maurice Denham previously portrayed Azmael in the serial The Twin Dilemma.
  • Dominic Letts is the son of scriptwriter Barry Letts.
  • Trevor Martin previously portrayed a Time Lord in the serial The War Games and the Doctor himself in the stage play Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday. He later reprised this role in Big Finish Productions audio adaptation The Seven Keys to Doomsday.

In print[edit]

The Paradise of Death
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Author Barry Letts
Series Doctor Who book:
Target novelisations
Release number
Publisher Target Books
Publication date
ISBN 0-426-20413-1
Preceded by The Evil of the Daleks
Followed by none

The Paradise of Death was novelised as part of the Target Books range by Barry Letts in 1994 (ISBN 0-426-20413-1); it was the 156th and final novelisation to be published by Target, ending a series of books that began in 1964 (and under the Target label since 1973). The following serial, The Ghosts of N-Space, would be novelised under the Virgin Missing Adventures series.

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