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June 26th, 2019 23 comments

Doctor Who Wave of Destruction LP Sainsbury’s Exclusive

Following the sell-out success of Big Finish Productions limited edition Doctor Who stories on vinyl, the audio company is delighted to announce another exclusive release.

Sainsbury’s will launch Doctor Who: Wave of Destruction starring Tom Baker, Lalla Ward and John Leeson on Friday 2nd August 2019 (revised date). It will be released as a Limited Edition run of 1500 copies on ocean swirl vinyl – only available in the UK, in Sainsbury’s stores.

In this full-cast audio drama from 2016, the Vardans return to take on Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor. The Doctor had previously encountered the Vardans on Gallifrey, the Doctor’s home planet, in the 1978 television story, The Invasion of Time.

A modulated frequency wave cancellation signal isn’t something that the Doctor and Romana expect to detect in 1960s London. But then they don’t expect to find Professor Lanchester, the man who invented it, lying unconscious. Or MI5 investigating. With the help of MI5 Agent Miller; Lanchester’s daughter Jill; and his nephew – a pirate radio DJ called Mark; the Doctor, Romana and K-9 investigate. They soon discover that there is more at risk than they imagined, and an alien invasion is about to begin. Can the Doctor identify and defeat the aliens in time? Will Romana manage to find a recombinant transducer before it’s too late? And how will K-9 cope with his new job?

Tom Baker portrayed the Doctor on screen from 1974 until 1981 returning to star alongside Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt as the curator in the 50th anniversary TV special, The Day of the Doctor, in 2013.

John Leeson was first brought in as the voice of K-9 – the Fourth Doctor’s robot dog – for the 1977 TV story, The Invisible Enemy. After a short break John returned for season 18 of Doctor Who in 1980. He also reprised his role as K-9 in the pilot TV episode for K-9 and Company (1981 – a spin-off from Doctor Who) and voiced K-9 for the 20th anniversary TV episode of Doctor Who, The Five Doctors and the 2006 Doctor Who TV episode, School Reunion.

Lalla Ward made her debut as Romana in December 1979, and after almost three series she made her last appearance alongside John Leeson in January 1981.

Of this special vinyl release, Lalla Ward said: “Recording Wave of Destruction was an absolute delight and I’m very pleased that we’ve made it onto a record. Romana is used to running circles around the Doctor so she’ll be right at home on the turntable.”

Wave of Destruction, written by Justin Richards, is the first story of the fifth series of The Fourth Doctor Adventures, produced by Big Finish Productions.

Big Finish Productions is a production company and publisher who produce audio CDs, downloads and books. Best known for its range of Doctor Who plays (with its many spin-offs), Big Finish also produces a wide range of audio drama and audiobooks featuring the characters from Blake’s 7, Dark Shadows, Captain Scarlet, Callan, The Avengers, The Prisoner, Survivors and The Omega Factor, as well as classics such as HG Wells, Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes, The Phantom of the Opera and Dorian Gray. They also produce original creations such as Graceless, Charlotte Pollard and The Adventures of Bernice Summerfield, plus the Big Finish Originals range featuring seven great new series including ATA Girl, Cicero, Jeremiah Bourne in Time, Shilling & Sixpence Investigate and Blind Terror.

CDs and downloads are available from the Big Finish website

Wave of Destruction succeeds with flying colours, offering laughs, thrills and in-jokes in equal succession. Justin Richards’ script sparkles throughout, and the cast is on top form, particularly Baker and Ward, who are once again at the height of their power. Starburst

Highly reminiscent of the Douglas Adams era of the show… a humorous, and often laugh out loud funny, uplifting ‘tribute’ to the sixties… Tom Baker and Lalla Ward are, as you’d expect, superb, falling into character with consummate ease… It’s a groovy tale that’s got the lot, adventure, excitement, monstrous moustache-twirling villains, a fast, ferociously paced, involving plot… Tim Mass Movement

Categorised under: CD, Vinyl records


  • Sadnerd

    July 17th, 2019 - 1:59pm

    Does anyone know if Sainsburys put vinyl stock out at a particular time of day? I can walk to one before work on the release date, but its a bit of a hike…

    • Daniel Bretherton

      July 17th, 2019 - 4:10pm

      With limited edition ones you have to ask the staff members and they will go and get it for you. They keep them locked away as they are limited edition. This is what happened when I went to get Energy of the Daleks and the Zygon Hunt

    • booboo

      July 17th, 2019 - 4:21pm

      not heard this before?

    • Sadnerd

      July 17th, 2019 - 8:34pm

      When I got Zygons there were two copies on the normal record shelf, during an early evening ‘big shop’. Which was fortunate, but I assumed the stock was put out, like everything else, after 9pm? Thanks for any info All.

  • Kevin225

    July 14th, 2019 - 6:26am

    Is this definitely NOT out on Friday 19th July?

    • booboo

      July 14th, 2019 - 8:17am

      Big finish said not

    • prototype dalek

      July 14th, 2019 - 10:12am

      And Sainsbury’s also said not till then either. Letter’s were sent to the store informing them that there would be a delay and they won’t be out till 2nd August.

  • The 14th doctor

    July 9th, 2019 - 9:49pm

    I think I may get this as my dad has a record player and he may let me use it.
    Also the packaging looks beautiful!

  • Anonymous

    July 9th, 2019 - 6:44pm

    I believe this has been moved to a release date of 2nd August 2019 rather than 19th July.

    • booboo

      July 9th, 2019 - 6:50pm

      well Sainsbury’s or BF need to tell us that and update their official press release if the date has altered, we have not heard from either and we are mot mind readers to be honest, where have you seen this?

    • what!?

      July 9th, 2019 - 7:38pm

      It’s mentioned here

    • booboo

      July 9th, 2019 - 7:45pm

      that’s not in the latest update email we got from them, they send it at the end of the week not the beginning to us.

  • Steven taylor

    July 4th, 2019 - 10:31am

    How much will it be

    • booboo

      July 4th, 2019 - 10:35am

      £15-20 1 would think last one was £16

  • Anonymous

    June 26th, 2019 - 11:25pm

    The image of the random bloke between Tom and Lla
    Spoils the whole late 70s throwback feel

    • Anonymous

      June 26th, 2019 - 11:26pm

      Lalla, even.

  • Kieran

    June 26th, 2019 - 8:04pm

    Looking at the picture, it looks like there is going to be a gatefold. Now, I can’t see it including another LP considering the story is only 60 minutes long, so I am very curious on what else is going to be in the gatefold, that’s if it is a gatefold. Will it be blank or will it feature something else like a poster for example. I am looking forward to finding out.

  • Anonymous

    June 26th, 2019 - 3:51pm

    So how much do you think it will roughly cost?

    • The Flying Shark

      June 26th, 2019 - 4:57pm

      Zygon Hunt was £16 so I’ll say 15-20 again.

  • prototype dalek

    June 26th, 2019 - 10:26am

    Certainly an unexpected choice and an unexpected announcement. Looking forward to getting this, thankfully I am not far from a few Sainsbury’s that sell vinyl

    • The Flying Shark

      June 26th, 2019 - 11:50am

      Same, was expecting Return to Telos to be the next Fourth Doctor vinyl as I don’t think we’ve had a Cyberman story next, and it’s only really Fourth and Tenth Doctor stories that seem to be released on vinyl. Looking forward to hearing this though.

    • prototype dalek

      June 26th, 2019 - 12:46pm

      Am a bit surprised there is no cyberman big finish yes, especially we have had ice warriors, zygon’s and dalek’s. I assume it’s mainly 4th and 10th doctor stories due to the larger popularity of these 2 incarnations of the doctor and Big Finish know this and know they will be more popular then others and so will sell well.

    • Kieran

      June 28th, 2019 - 4:14am

      It doesn’t look like there will be a change any time soon because Death and the Queen was announced at Big Finish Day to be the next story to get the vinyl treatment which I am very happy that a strong tenth doctor story will be getting the vinyl treatment. I really hope that Big Finish Productions can expand and produce some vinyl releases for spin-offs. I would love to see some Torchwood stories get the vinyl treatment.

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