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September 12th, 2020 48 comments

RSD 2020 Doctor Who The Massacre Vinyl LP

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Please keep in mind Amazon have sometimes have these RSD releases at normal retail at a later date.

A newly adapted version of Record Store Day will return on Saturday 29th August in what will be the first of three “Drops” that celebrates independent record stores.

Superstar artists from the likes of Pink Floyd, The Cure and The Kinks to Christine and the Queens, J Hus and The Big Moon are scheduled to take part with limited-edition releases. The Weeknd and Working Men’s Club have also come on board in a bid to support the UK’s record retailers.

The annual celebration known for its in-store parties, live performances and very limited vinyl releases was originally scheduled to take place on 18th April. However, like many music events, organisers were forced to call off the party in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, Record Store Day has since gone back to the drawing board and created a series of “RSD Drops” to accommodate the new social distancing guidelines.

Whilst the live music and in-store parties will remain off the cards, the list of limited-edition releases will be made available from participating shops on one of the 3 Drop Dates: 29th August, 26th September and 24th October.

For Record Store Day 2020, Demon Records presents a narrated full-cast TV soundtrack of the legendary historical adventure, The Massacre of Bartholomew’s Eve. Limited to: 2000 copies.

The Massacre is the lost fourth serial of the third season of Doctor Who, which starred William Hartnell as the First Doctor in BBC series Doctor Who. In this 4-part serial, first shown on BBC TV in February 1966, the TARDIS materialises in Paris in 1572, a time of great danger and religious strife. The Catholic Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici, is hatching a plot to kill all French Protestants, and the Doctor and Steven are quickly caught up in events. While Steven is befriended by a group of Protestants, the Doctor has a perfect double in the shape of the hated dignitary, the Abbot of Amboise. One of them is about to lose his life!

Presented across 2 x heavyweight 180g pieces of vinyl, in a striking ‘Parisian Blaze’ splatter, this narrated TV soundtrack evokes a classic Doctor Who adventure in all its aural magnificence. The vivid sounds of 16th Century Paris in turmoil, and the encroaching terror of the massacre, are all accompanied by the eerie sonics of composer’s Ron Grainer & Delia Derbyshire’s theme tune.

Written by John Lucarotti, this dramatic story now survives only as a sound recording. Linking narration is provided by Peter Purves (Steven) and the cast includes Eric Thompson as Gaston, André Morell as Tavannes, Leonard Sachs as de Coligny and Annette Robinson as Anne.

The coloured vinyl LPs are presented in a gatefold sleeve with illustrated inner bags and full episode billings, cast and credits.

Categorised under: CD, Vinyl records


  • MJS

    September 3rd, 2020 - 6:40pm

    The LP series is an expensive set to collect but they are gorgeous. I managed to get a copy of this for not much more than store price incl postage. Very happy

  • Coleman

    September 2nd, 2020 - 6:42pm

    Just received mine today from Assai records, quick delivery and well packed.
    Records are mainly clear with just a few splashes of orange, totally different from promotion pictures.
    Wonder if they vary greatly from set to set?

  • Coleman

    August 31st, 2020 - 5:19pm

    I’ve noticed someone on eBay selling these as extremely rare with only 500 made.
    Yet above it says 2000 copies.
    Somebody must be right.

  • Edmund Zebrowski

    August 31st, 2020 - 4:04pm

    Please feel free to move this comment but has anyone else noticed Underwater Menace is going away ..even from the Demon Website the press release looks to be gone unless I missed something

  • Bryan

    August 31st, 2020 - 12:08am

    All my friends, got The Massacre LP and few other things, by pre-booking slots,with the stores,or ordering online at respectable prices.

    It’s so odd, as each year RSD generates so much chatter usually. Does everyone think it’s a success this way. Or much better the Queue up and rummage way.
    I even got Christine and the queens Double 7” for the store price online. It just feels odd with so little chatter

    • Coleman

      August 31st, 2020 - 11:52am

      The usual way will be much better for stores to generate interest. But due to covid there’s no option now.

    • Anonymous

      August 31st, 2020 - 2:47pm

      There’s some on EBay quite cheap as well

  • Cymon

    August 30th, 2020 - 1:58pm have this for £27.99 plus postage online, 1 copy per order if you need it

    • Edmund Zebrowski

      August 30th, 2020 - 4:34pm

      Totally snagged one for £37 including state side shipping. Not too bad.

    • Anonymous

      August 30th, 2020 - 9:23pm

      Thanks Cyman, nabbed me one too

    • Coleman

      August 31st, 2020 - 11:48am

      When you mentioned Assai had them for £27.99 (which is probably normal price), i snapped one up.

  • The Fishmonger

    August 30th, 2020 - 10:26am

    Managed to get mine online for £35 including p&p. Happy with that. Not sure what the in store price was.

  • jvm2701

    August 29th, 2020 - 8:03pm

    This is available from Townsend Records online as of 20.00 on Saturday 29th August.

    • Ian R

      August 30th, 2020 - 1:03pm

      Thanks for this. It’s now showing as sold out, but hopefully I managed to grab one last night.

  • bryan

    August 28th, 2020 - 10:07pm

    Well, heres a surprise. I put my name down with three record stores, who may or may not be getting this release.

    1 on thursday(after three weeks) said now stores were open again, There would be no online sales.

    1, said we will let you know on Monday if we have any left.

    and 1, contacted me Thursday 10pm, and sold me a copy, in the post, to arrive Saturday.

    I certainly did not see that coming. Fabulous news. Chesk out your local Stores online/Phone. Everyone is aware that Covid is A viable thing, so exceptions can be made.

    • Anonymous

      August 29th, 2020 - 12:11pm

      Apparently Record Store Day stock online at 6 tonight

    • Anonymous

      August 29th, 2020 - 9:08pm

      Shops can be thrown off the RSD list for selling stuff early, so probably best to keep that quiet.

  • Anonymous

    May 14th, 2020 - 2:47pm

    will this be postponed further or will they make it available online for order instead (ik this defeats the point of RSD but ya know…)

    • JL

      May 30th, 2020 - 3:58pm

      will this be made available online after RSD?

    • The Fishmonger

      May 30th, 2020 - 4:51pm

      They have postponed it and staggered the releases. So there are 3 Record Store Days now…late August, late September and late October (to avoid excessive queuing). They also say that some stores will be selling stock online from 6pm on each day. Amazon also normally gets some stock about a month after.

    • MJS

      May 30th, 2020 - 4:56pm

      You can generally.pick them up on Amazon after RSD, but there’s a couple of weeks until they are available

    • MJS

      May 30th, 2020 - 4:57pm

      Most likely postponed again. Non essential shops will be, but social distancing will have to be adhered to.and have you SEEN the queues at RSD!??? Lol

  • Anonymous

    March 13th, 2020 - 8:33pm

    Stunning cover might have to get this!!

    • MJS

      May 30th, 2020 - 4:56pm

      You can generally.pick them up on Amazon after RSD, but there’s a couple of weeks until they are available

  • Dalek z

    March 13th, 2020 - 4:35pm

    Far more should be postponed, a sensible action.

    • Anonymous

      March 13th, 2020 - 5:06pm

      A lot more will be postponed and people will just have to be sensible.

  • The Monitor

    March 13th, 2020 - 2:57pm

    I think June is a better time of year anyway. Much as nearly all recent Dr Who records are lovely, standing in the cold for 1-2 hours is no fun.

    • J45ON96

      March 13th, 2020 - 5:28pm

      Record Store Day has always been at this time of year, it’s nothing to do with the other recent Doctor Who records.

  • Adam Smith

    March 13th, 2020 - 2:27pm


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      March 13th, 2020 - 2:32pm


    • Anonymous

      March 13th, 2020 - 3:00pm

      Perfectly understandable and perfectly reasonable

  • TheQuestion

    March 6th, 2020 - 8:49am

    And the price is?

    • booboo

      March 6th, 2020 - 9:53am

      they don’t give the prices until the actual day i don’t think

    • booboo

      March 6th, 2020 - 9:57am

      they don’t give the prices until the actaul day i don’t think

    • Rob W

      March 6th, 2020 - 10:08am

      A few of the last 2 years releases (City Of Death, Tomb Of The Cybermen) are still available on Amazon with prices from £26.

    • Anonymous

      March 13th, 2020 - 3:03pm

      The shop can sell them for whatever they want. If you are queuing for 2 hours, price is hardly an issue. Also, it is a huge burden on small record shops to buy over 100 titles some of which no one will ever buy. The popular ones are gone by the first 20 people in the queue. The really popular ones by the first 5 people some who have queued from 4pm the day before.

    • Joe 90

      August 28th, 2020 - 7:42pm

      My local Record Store has it listed for £28.99 for tomorrow

  • Anonymous

    March 6th, 2020 - 8:37am

    How much will these be does anyone know?

    • John T

      March 6th, 2020 - 3:08pm

      I think last year for RSD both Destiny of The Daleks and Galaxy 4 were £39.99 each so would expect a similar price for another 2 LP set . RSD is I believe 18th April.

  • Anonymous

    March 6th, 2020 - 1:20am

    I don’t buy these but if you haven’t heard this one it’s good. Being an historical story and a 60’s story there’s a lot of talking and that translates well to the pure audio format that is all we have left of the massacre.

  • Gallifrey Falls No More

    March 6th, 2020 - 12:06am

    Not long got a record player so yes please!!!

  • Anonymous

    March 5th, 2020 - 9:56pm

    My wallet doesn’t want me to get this but it’s too beautiful

  • Anonymous

    March 5th, 2020 - 9:19pm

    It’s still gonna sound terrible. I mean the recording of this episode is really poor. But I love that artwork, but I have no money so I won’t be buying.

  • John T

    March 5th, 2020 - 8:08pm

    Great to have another 1st Doctor RSD release following on from last years Galaxy 4. Stunning artwork and colours. I hope there’s more Hartnell releases on the horizon- maybe Myth Makers or Marco Polo.

  • bryan

    March 5th, 2020 - 7:49pm

    The Demon Music Group, seem to have captured the Cover and Art design on these, so well. Even dare I say it, up there with Some of the Target Covers.

    Beautifully Made , Vinyl records with such brilliant colours and designs too.

  • Mrs Croot

    March 5th, 2020 - 7:37pm

    The thing with growing up watching new who is that you know certain characters like the doctor can’t die or such things like that. When I watched the ending of episode 1, via recons, even I was shocked at “the Doctor turning evil”.

    Such a great cliffhanger, for new who and classic who fans alike. Really shocked me and goes down as one of my favourite cliffhangers of all Doctor Who! 😀

  • Dean Wells

    March 5th, 2020 - 7:19pm

    I love collecting these. I love the cool names they give to the splatter vinyls.

  • Anonymous

    March 5th, 2020 - 7:17pm

    Stunning cover imo


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