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The Paradise of Death is a radio drama based on 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. Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen and Nicholas Courtney all return to play their Doctor Who characters.
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Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart asks the Doctor to investigate a mysterious murder near a new theme park called Space World. Together with Sarah Jane Smith and her photographer Jeremy Fitzoliver, the Doctor investigates the mysterious Parakon Corporation, which is not quite of this world.


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  • A Head at Each End: The Venusian Klakluk, according to one of the Doctor's anecdotes.
  • Amusement Park: Spaceworld
  • Continuity Nod: The Doctor tries to sooth the Gargan with the Venusian Lullaby, just like he did with Aggedor. He mentions his old teacher as well.
    • While being interviewed by Sarah, The Doctor relates some of the events of The Time Monster. When Sarah reacts with incredulity, The Doctor reminds her of her own meeting with Irongron a few days (and a few hundred years) earlier.
  • Large Ham: Chairman Freeth, who makes a meal of every line he utters.
  • Multipurpose Monocultured Crop: Rapine, a plant that's the source of everything from food to furniture to metal-substitute.
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  • Simpleton Voice: Jeremy, who is a rather facetious nincompoop.
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