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September 10th, 2020 31 comments

Doctor Who Marco Polo Desert Sandstorm Vinyl LP

Available to order in the UK from and

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Demon Records presents the narrated TV soundtrack of a ‘lost’ seven-part adventure set in the 13th Century, starring William Hartnell as the original Doctor pressed on 4 x 140g Desert Sandstorm Vinyl.

When the TARDIS breaks down in Central Asia, its occupants are met by the explorer Marco Polo. The year is 1289, and Marco is crossing the Gobi desert to Peking, for an audience with the emperor Kublai Khan. Marco sets his mind on offering the TARDIS as a gift to the Khan, despite the Doctor’s protests. The time travellers must endure a long journey, fraught with danger, as they join Marco’s caravan in the company of the treacherous warlord, Tegana. Can the Doctor ever win back his magical blue box?

Presented across 4 x 140g vinyl, with an etched TARDIS Side B, this 1964 TV soundtrack – no episodes of which survive as film recordings – is narrated by William Russell, who co-stars with Jacqueline Hill and Carole Ann Ford as the Doctor’s companions Ian, Barbara and Susan. Mark Eden co-stars as Marco Polo himself, with Derren Nesbitt and Zienia Merton among the supporting cast. Incidental music is composed by Tristram Cary, and the familiar strains of the Doctor Who theme are courtesy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

The coloured vinyl LPs are presented in fully illustrated sleeves which, when assembled together, form the cover image. Original episode billings, and full cast and credits, are also supplied.

Categorised under: CD, Vinyl records


  • Gareth Pugh

    September 11th, 2020 - 1:36pm

    My Marco Polo’s just rocked up – genuinely stunning item. Couple of interesting things:

    * inside the far-too-big Amazon box it shipped in is a (probably manufacturer-supplied) cardboard outer carton tightly hugging the box itself. It has a barcode sticker on the outside and the small print refers to it as ‘Marco Polo – Amazon ex.’ – which would imply an Amazon-Exclusive variant, but (unlike with some previous releases) I don’t think there IS one… unless the whole box set is now exclusive to Amazon? Anyhoo, the spec is exactly as PR’d (4 pieces, ‘sandstorm’ vinyl pattern, Tardis etching on Disc 1 side 2)

    * as with Evil of the Daleks (but not every release in the series, alas) the cast/credits card is a single sheet (not gatefold) with the usual-designed credits on one side – but a lovely ‘clean’ copy of the box cover art on the other – so you can get one of those 12″ x 12″ frames (IKEA do ’em for about £7, for example) and effectively treat it as an art print.

    • booboo

      September 11th, 2020 - 1:40pm

      zoom have it, i expect maybe it was planned as an exclusive with another standard release but they might be playing save with quantities at the moment or maybe the manufacturing capacity is an issue

    • Bryan

      September 12th, 2020 - 8:56pm

      Couldn’t Agree more Gareth Pugh. Simply beautiful art. The 4 record sleeves make a Two tiled scenes. the COVER image and the Back Cover image.

      I know set ups, will differ, but the sound on Episode one, was so much better than I remembered. Not sure if more work is done on the soundtrack, to make them Vinyl proof.

      This is an expensive range,But Demon and Oink Creatives, have done a superb job on them, so far. With The Massacre…. And Marco, and The Big Finish Commonmen Lps out end of The month. We have been very spoiled.

  • Coleman

    September 11th, 2020 - 12:20pm

    Beautiful cover,
    Don’t think I’ll be buying it though. £70 is abit too expensive for me. Although I’ve bought quite a few of these Vinyls, the artwork is great.

  • Peter Adamson

    July 18th, 2020 - 8:06pm

    Looks so good!!

  • The Evil Dalek

    July 18th, 2020 - 4:42am

    My Favourite Hartnell Story. I will jump through the roof if it is ever found

    • Anonymous

      July 18th, 2020 - 7:50pm


    • Andrew

      July 19th, 2020 - 5:39pm

      The roof of the world? lol

  • Anonymous

    July 17th, 2020 - 2:34pm

    Although I could think of a thousand things I would rather spend £70 on (esp these days), I have to say that it is a thing of beauty.

    I shall definitely put it on my “Things to buy after a lotto win” list. Right after the Aston Martin DBS but before all the Rubbertoe stuff 🙂

  • MJS

    July 17th, 2020 - 12:58pm

    Ooooh pics. It’s beautiful

    • bryan

      July 17th, 2020 - 2:28pm

      ooh. Knew they wouldnt let us down. Superb.

  • Anonymous

    July 16th, 2020 - 3:38pm

    Great for those who want this but I did listen to it last year and boy is it dull! Nothing happens and Marco is so gullible that tegana seems to able to be an obvious villain and still get away with it. The one thing fans and cast always say is how good the costumes and sets were. That’s not a great recommendation for a story if that’s the best thing about it. However, I’m sure people will treasure this item and frankly if it was returned tomorrow and released on DVD I’d happily buy it!

    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2020 - 4:23pm

      It’s really not dull in the slightest!

    • bryan

      July 16th, 2020 - 4:31pm

      Its not that Dull that Disney wanted the script rights
      2nd paragraph.

      Its such a lyrical, story, non of the wam bam Hits of Monsters/aliens. The journey (NPI) is the story.
      not the getting there.

      one of my all time favorite Stories From the whole of DW.

    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2020 - 6:48pm

      Sorry but I just find it dull too

    • booboo

      July 16th, 2020 - 7:02pm

      i tend to think vinyl collectors are more bothered about the nature of the item rather than the story

    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2020 - 10:10pm

      I quite agree boo boo. This will be cherished I’m sure

    • Chatterton

      July 17th, 2020 - 3:46am

      It’s not dull, it’s incredible! Reign of Terror and The Massacre are dull. Marco Polo, Crusade, Aztecs, Romans, Myth Makers are all brilliant historicals.

    • MJS

      July 18th, 2020 - 4:07pm

      At 7 episodes I can see why some find it boring if “binged”. But listened to as regular episodes it’s really quite enjoyable. My commute to work was just over 25 mins so I listened to episodes on each leg. Really enjoyed it

    • Anonymous

      July 19th, 2020 - 6:58pm

      I find this story a bit like say, the sensorites. Watched or listened to with breaks and in sensorites case, alcohol(!) Its an ok story. Sorry if people disagree but there it is. I too find Marco polo a bit dull

  • bryan

    July 16th, 2020 - 3:24pm

    Yay . Indeed. Oh What a joy. Might have been nice to have had the ]ap of the Travels(CD release) or German DVD style release for the War Games map.

    But Who cares. This is Brilliant news , Cant wait to see the Cover . I wonder with this saying Deluxe edition, if
    Amazon/Demon are doing a LTD Edition. What would be Etched Differently? Or what other Colour could it be

    • booboo

      July 16th, 2020 - 3:46pm

      I wonder if they have dropped the exclusive one they didn’t do one for the last release.

    • Bryan

      July 16th, 2020 - 4:37pm

      The last Box set, Was Paradise /Ghosts . which had two version. Underwater Menace, was gate fold 2 disc, and non of them Got LTD edtion versions. (usually all RSD releases)

      But I do wonder , if its lucky we have one version.

      Ordered this one, can shift order if they do come up with Alt.

    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2020 - 4:42pm

      They might have done boo boo, guess it’s down to economics really. Costs versus sales.

    • booboo

      July 16th, 2020 - 4:48pm

      can’t see anything to say there will be an Amazon exclusive this time, it usually comes up under “see all formats and editions” thought we might have had the press release by now with the cover

    • MJS

      July 16th, 2020 - 5:23pm

      They usually announce them together if there’s two versions; but Underwater Menace only had the 1 release

    • MJS

      July 16th, 2020 - 6:11pm

      It’s also noticeable that they’re on 140g again rather than 189g so I do think cost is coming into play quite a bit. I’m still happy they’re releasing them

  • Anonymous

    July 16th, 2020 - 2:42pm


  • The Fishmonger

    July 16th, 2020 - 2:20pm

    Can I afford £70 at the moment? Not really.
    Am i going to get it anyway? Absolutely.
    The artwork on these releases has been amazing and I’m expecting the same here

    • The Fishmonger

      July 17th, 2020 - 6:30pm

      Wow, they haven’t disappointed. The artwork is lovely

  • Mrs Croot

    July 16th, 2020 - 2:19pm

    “Here’s Marco Polo on record, Doctor Who fans’ wallets!
    Come and get it!”


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