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Terror of the Zygons
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Synopsis


A Zygon
A Zygon
 Arriving in Scotland at the request of the Brigadier, The Doctor discovers that the mysterious force which has destroyed three oil rigs has left giant teeth marks on the wreckage.

 The mystery deepens leading them to the shores of Loch Ness where they find that the legendary monster really does exist. Part-Cyborg, part-organic, the terrible creature is the murderous tool of the Zygons, aliens intent on overpowering the planet.

 The Doctor and his companions must find a way to defeat the deadly Loch Ness Monster and its controllers, but the Zygons have the terrifying power to change shape and The Doctor is in grave danger when he finds that his friends and allies are not always what they seem...

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General Information

Season: Thirteen
Production Code: 4F
Story Number: 80
Episode Numbers:402 - 405
Number of Episodes: 4
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Alternative Titles:"The Loch Ness Monster"
Working Titles:"Secret of Loch Ness", "The Secret of the Loch", "Loch Ness", "The Loch", The "Loch Ness Terror", "The Loch Ness Monster" and "The Zygons"
Production Dates: March - April 1975
Broadcast Started: 30 August 1975
Broadcast Finished: 20 September 1975
Colour Status: Colour
Studio: BBC Television Centre (TC3 and TC4)
Location: West Sussex: Climping Beach (Littlehampton) Ambersham Common (South Ambersham), Hall Aggregates Quarry (Storrington), Fox Inn and a barn (Charlton), Furnace Pond (Mill Lane, Crabtree).
London: Millbank Tower and Westminster Bridge.
Writer:Robert Banks Stewart
Director:Douglas Camfield
Producer:Philip Hinchcliffe
Script Editor:Robert Holmes
Editor:Ian McKendrick
Production Assistant:Edwina Craze
Production Unit Manager:George Gallacio
Assistant Floor Manager:Rosemary Webb
Designer:Nigel Curzon
Costume Designer:James Acheson
Make-Up Designer:Sylvia James
Cameraman:Peter Hall
Incidental Music:Geoffrey Burgon
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Dick Mills
Studio Sounds:Michael McCarthy
Lighting:John Dixon
Visual Effects:John Friedlander and John Horton
Title Sequence:Bernard Lodge
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Delia Derbyshire
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: Tom Baker (The Fourth Doctor)
Number of Companions: 4The Companions: Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier) (Departs), John Levene (Sergeant Benton), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) and Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan) Guest Cast: John Woodnutt (Duke of Forgill / Broton), Angus Lennie (Angus) Additional Cast: Lillias Walker (Sister Lamont), Robert Russell (The Caber), Tony Sibbald (Huckle), Hugh Martin (Munro), Bruce Wightman (Radio Operator), Bernard G. High (Corporal), Peter Symonds (Soldier), Keith Ashley (Zygon), Ronald Gough (Zygon)Setting: Earth; Tulloch Moor (near Loch Ness, Scotland) and Brentford, Westminster (1970s) Villain: Zygons

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
402Part 130 August 197521'41"8.4PAL 2" colour videotape
403Part 206 September 197525'08"6.1PAL 2" colour videotape
404Part 313 September 197524'09"8.2PAL 2" colour videotape
405Part 420 September 197525'22"7.2PAL 2" colour videotape

Total Duration 1 Hour 36 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 7.5
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (1998)78.89%  (Position = 25 out of 159)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2003)612 Points (Position = 23 out of 159)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)83.79% Higher (Position = 17 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)86.59% Higher (Position = 14 out of 241)


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 All four episodes exist as PAL 2" colour videotapes.



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Notes


"Terror of the Zygons" was originally planned as the final story of Season Twelve and was recorded at the end of the twelfth recording block. Its broadcast was postponed so that it would start Season Thirteen which began at the end of August 1975. This shift in the broadcast schedule, from a January start (as had been the case since 1970) to September, was done to offset the challenge of ITV's new show Space: 1999.

This story was originally due to be a six-part story but it was reduced to four when it was decided this story would start Season Thirteen.

Douglas Camfield returned to the program for the first time since he directed the 1970 Third Doctor story "Inferno". "Terror of the Zygons" was the eighth Doctor Who story he directed.

This was the final story to feature Harry Sullivan as a regular cast member, although Ian Marter, who played Harry Sullivan, would later return briefly, as an android duplicate of Harry Sullivan, in "The Android Invasion". The character of Harry Sullivan would return to assist the Fourth Doctor in the BBC Books Past Doctor Adventures novels "System Shock" and "Millennium Shock" by Justin Richards. He was also mentioned in the 1983 Fifth Doctor story "Mawdryn Undead" in which Harry is said to be working for NATO.

This was the first UNIT story since "Robot". It was also the final story in which The Brigadier and Sergeant Benton would appear as regulars. Sergeant Benton would make one final appearance in "The Android Invasion" while Nicholas Courtney would not return to the show for almost eight years. The Brigadier returned to the show, as a retired civilian, in the 1983 Fifth Doctor story "Mawdryn Undead", the 1983 Twentieth Anniversary Special "The Five Doctors" and in the 1989 Seventh Doctor story "Battlefield". The Brigadier also returned for the Thirtieth-Anniversary Children In Need special "Dimensions in Time", in 1993, two radio plays starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor ("The Paradise of Death" and "The Ghosts of N-Space"), and "Death Comes to Time", the first original Doctor Who webcast. Nicholas Courtney also can be heard in a number of the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio stories. Including "The Spectre of Lanyon Moor", "Minuet in Hell", "Zagreus", "Sympathy for the Devil", and instalments of the UNIT series. Away from Doctor Who, Nicholas Courtney continued to work prolifically. His television appearances have included shows like All Creatures Great and Small, Yes, Prime Minister and The Bill.

John Woodnutt makes a guest appearance playing the part of the Duke of Forgill. He also played the part of Broton, one of the Zygons, in all four episodes. The Radio Times credits John Woodnutt as Duke of Forgill for Part One, Broton for Parts Two and Three, and Duke of Forgill/Broton for Part Four. All the on-screen credits read Duke of Forgill. Previously John Woodnutt appeared in the show in two Third Doctor stories. In the 1970 story "Spearhead From Space" (playing the part of Hibbert) and as the Draconian Emperor in the 1973 story "Frontier in Space". He would return to the show to play Consul Seron in the 1981 story "The Keeper of Traken".

Angus Lennie, who played landlord Angus McRanald, had previously appeared as Storr in the 1967 Second Doctor story "The Ice Warriors". He is better known for his role as Shughie McFee in the soap opera Crossroads.

It is revealed that the Zygons arrived on Earth 'centuries ago' in a crashed spaceship. Having sent out for a rescue mission, they then heard that their home planet had been destroyed in a stellar explosion. Broton decided that Earth would make a perfect new home. A large Zygon fleet left before the disaster and is presently making its way to Earth but it will be 'centuries before they arrive'.

This story establishes the Loch Ness Monster as being a cyborg weapon of the Zygons. It is revealed that the Loch Ness Monster (or Skarasen to give it its correct name) is grown from an embryo. It is the Zygon's life source, providing them with the lactic fluid they need to survive. The 1985 Sixth Doctor story "Timelash" later presents the Borad who is thrown back in time and becomes the legendary creature.

The design of the Zygons was based partly on a human embryo and originally they were designed to glow internally by the provision of a series of lights inside the rib cage and the head, all powered from a concealed battery pack. However, this idea was not used much during recording.

The Skarasen was achieved by using two puppets, a small stop-motion one and a larger one for the Thames emergence sequence. Unfortunately, this material proved to be of inferior quality, and so Douglas Camfield decided to use as little of it as possible.

In the scene where The Doctor mesmerises Sarah to prevent her from suffocating when they are locked in the decompression chamber he is heard to state that this is: 'A trick I picked up from a Tibetan monk'. This may refer to a visit to the Det sen monastery in (the 1967 Second Doctor story "The Abominable Snowmen") or even to K'Anpo (the 1974 Third Doctor story "Planet of the Spiders").

The Brigadier is heard to mention that UNIT was formed before he joined it.

The Brigadier is heard speaking to the Prime Minister and referring to her as ‘madam’. This seems at first to be a prescient piece of writing. However, although Margaret Thatcher was already the leader of the Conservative Party when this story was made, she would not become Britain's first female Prime Minister until 1979.

In the DVD commentary for "Frontier in Space", Terrance Dicks is heard to say that the reference to the Prime Minister as being a woman was an ad-lib by Nicholas Courtney. It has though also been revealed that Douglas Camfield intended this to be a reference to Shirley Williams, a prominent member of the Labour Party, which, led by Harold Wilson, formed the government at the time. Shirley Williams is the Prime Minister in the Virgin Books New Adventures novel "No Future" by Paul Cornell, set in 1976.

A scene of the TARDIS arriving invisibly at the start of part one was dropped after filming because of technical difficulties discovered. The Target novelisation of this story features this ‘lost’ scene as well as turning the Prime Minister into a male.

The Doctor states that he has been dragged '270 million miles' by The Brigadier. However, they left Nova Beacon orbiting Jupiter and the distance from Jupiter's furthermost satellite to Earth is closer to 370 million miles.

The story is one of the times when a gravel pit is used to portray a gravel pit rather than as a stand-in for an alien world.

This story concludes a continuous series of adventures for the TARDIS crew, beginning from "Robot" and ending in this story, although the BBC Books Past Doctor Adventures novel "Wolfsbane" is set between "Revenge of the Cybermen" and "Terror of the Zygons".

This story is referred to in two later stories: in the 1988 Seventh Doctor story "Remembrance of the Daleks", The Doctor refers to ‘the Zygon gambit with the Loch Ness Monster"; and in the 2006 Tenth Doctor story "School Reunion", during Sarah Jane Smith's comparison of travels with Rose she mentions the Loch Ness Monster.

The Eighth Doctor Adventures novel "The Bodysnatchers", by Mark Morris, also features the Zygons and the Skarasen, in this case another ship that crashed to Earth in the 16th century and implemented a plan to conquer the planet in 1894. The Eighth Doctor also meets them in the 1980s in the audio story "The Zygon Who Fell to Earth". Zygons and Skarasens also feature in the 2007 BBC Books Tenth Doctor Stories novelisation "Sting of the Zygons" written by Stephen Cole.

The 1988 compilation video release was previously only available in Australia – having been released their first in April 1987.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first story of Season Thirteen.

 The first (and only) appearance of the Zygons.

 The first Doctor Who story to be written by Robert Banks Stewart.


The Lasts (Subject to Future Stories):

 Nicholas Courtney's last story as semi-regular character The Brigadier until 1983.

 The last story to feature Harry Sullivan (played by Ian Marter) as a regular cast member.


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The Plot

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The Doctor
The Doctor

In response to The Brigadier's summons The Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan return to Earth. On arriving, in the TARDIS, they discover that UNIT are investigating a series of mysterious attacks on North Sea oil rigs off the Scottish coast and has set up a temporary HQ in the Scottish village of Tullock.

The Doctor, who is somewhat dismissive of the urgency, reluctantly agrees to help The Brigadier. In the meantime, Harry finds a body washed up on the beach, but when he tries to help he is shot by the Caber, a highland gamekeeper employed by the Duke of Forgill.

Harry is taken to the sick bay, of the Hibernian Oil Company, to recover from a head wound he sustained when he was shot. However, when Sarah telephones The Doctor from the infirmary, to notify him of Harry’s health, their conversation is interrupted when Sarah is attacked by a hideous orange humanoid monster and knocked unconscious. When she comes to she finds herself locked in a de-compression chamber used by deep-sea divers.

Sarah Jane Smith
Sarah Jane Smith

Rescue comes from The Doctor, who has rushed over to the infirmary. However, as The Doctor tends to Sarah they both become trapped in the de-compression chamber and to Sarah’s alarm the air pressure in the chamber starts to decrease as the air is pumped out and Sarah starts to suffocate. The Doctor though is able to save her by putting her in a trance so that she no longer requires too breathe until they are eventually discovered.

To investigate things further The Doctor decides to go out on to the moor. However he is unaware that a homing device has been slipped into one of his pockets. This homing device attracts the attention of a huge cyborg creature called the Skarasen. As The Doctor races across the moors to try to escape from the pursuing Skarasen he eventually trips and falls to the ground. These events though are being watched by an alien creature who gives the order for the Skarasen to kill him. The Doctor, desperate to find something to defend himself from the Skarasen that is bearing down on him, luckily discovers the homing device which the Skarasen follows when The Doctor throws it away from himself.

Being Watched
Being Watched

This attack makes The Doctor realise that the oil rigs, that were destroyed by what the crews have described as something huge and monstrous, must have been attacked by the same creature that attacked him - the Skarasen. He also deduces that the attacks are being controlled from Loch Ness.

However, while all this has been happening Harry has been abducted and duplicated by one of the orange humanoid creatures. The Doctor realises that the Duke of Forgill himself is involved, and in Forgill Castle Sarah discovers an entrance to an underwater spacecraft.

This spacecraft, which is lying at the bottom of Loch Ness, belongs to the Zygons, who centuries ago arrived on Earth, and with their ship crippled, awaited rescue. On becoming aware that their home planet has since been destroyed, by solar flares, the Zygons plan to take over the Earth as a substitute for their own planet. They are therefore using their shape-shifting abilities to take on the identities of locals whose inert bodies are held aboard their ship.

A Zygon
A Zygon

The Doctor manages to infiltrate the Zygon’s spacecraft and release all the prisoners. He also causes the spacecraft, which has now emerged from the Loch, to self-destruct. However, the Zygon’s leader, Broton, survives. He has taken on the form of the Duke of Forgill to infiltrate a World Energy Conference in London which he plans to destroy.

On realising what Broton is intending to do The Doctor, with Sarah and The Brigadier, races to London. As they arrive Broton places another homing device in the basement of Stanbridge House, where the conference is being held, so as to attract the Skarasen which is now approaching up the Thames.

On discovering Broton in the basement he is shot by UNIT troops. They then desperately search for the homing device. On its eventual discovery The Doctor throws it to the Skarasen, which devours the device. The Skarasen, now without any controlling influence, makes its way back to the only home it knows, Loch Ness, there to be occasionally mistaken for the fabled Loch Ness Monster.

With the crisis over, and on returning to Scotland, The Doctor and Sarah decide to travel back to London in the TARDIS, but Harry, feeling that his time with The Doctor has all got a little too much for him, elects for the safer and more reliable method - by taking the train.

 
Harry is Shot
Harry is Shot
Sarah with Sister Lamont
Sarah with Sister Lamont
The Doctor on the Phone
The Doctor on the Phone
Sarah Suffocates
Sarah Suffocates
 
Harry or a Zygon?
Harry or a Zygon?
Duke of Forgill
Duke of Forgill
A Zygon
A Zygon
The Skarasen
The Skarasen




Quote of the Story


 'You can't rule the world in hiding. You've got to come out on to the balcony sometimes and wave a tentacle.'

The Doctor (to Broton)



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Audio
LP
Science-Fiction Sound Effects No. 191978REC 316Sound Effects
Audio
Tape
Science-Fiction Sound Effects No. 191978Sound Effects
Video
VHS
Terror of the ZygonsNovember 1988BBCV 4186Photo-montageOmnibus format
Video
VHS
The Tom Baker YearsSeptember 1992BBCV 4839PhotoClip only Introduced and commented on by Tom Baker Double cassette release
Video
Laser Disc
Terror of the Zygons1997EE1203Episodic format
Video
VHS
Terror of the ZygonsAugust 1999BBCV 6773Photo-montageEpisodic format
Audio
CD
Terror of the Zygons2000Music score arranged by Geoffrey Burgon
Video
DVD
Terror of the ZygonsJuly 2013Part of the "The 4th Doctor Time Capsule" - A Special Limited Edition Box Set
Video
DVD
Terror of the ZygonsSeptember 2013BBCDVD 3482Photo-montage
Audio
CD
The 50th Anniversary CollectionDecember 2013Photo-montageOriginal Television Soundtracks


In Print

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)PublisherAuthorCover ArtRemarks
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who and the Loch Ness MonsterJanuary 1976Target No. 40Terrance DicksChris AchilleosISBN: 0-426-11041-2
(1st Edition Target Blue Logo Cover)
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster1978Target No. 40Terrance DicksChris AchilleosISBN: 0-426-11041-2
(Green Logo Cover)
Novel
Novel
Terror of the ZygonsMarch 1993Target No. 40Terrance DicksAlister PearsonVirgin new cover reprint.
ISBN: 0-426-20391-7
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who and the Loch Ness MonsterMay 2012Target No. 40Terrance DicksChris AchilleosBBC reprint with introduction by Michael Moorcock. ISBN: 978-1-849904-75-9
Doctor Who CMS Magazine (In Vision)Issue 7 (Released: August 1988)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArchiveIssue 93 (Released: October 1984)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArchiveIssue 210 (Released: March 1994)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 345 (Released: July 2004)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 347 (Released: September 2004)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 151 (Released: October 2014)

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Doctor Who Magazine - Archive: Issue 210

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Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 345
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 345

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Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 347
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 347

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Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 151
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