back to Earth by the Brigadier, the Doctor investigates a series of mysterious
attacks on North Sea oil rigs. Centre of the attacks is the village of
Tullock, very close to Loch Ness. The Doctor discovers that the cause
of these attacks is the Loch Ness Monster, in reality a Skarasen, a creature
half animal, half machine, created by the Zygons,
an alien race whose crippled spaceship has rested on the bottom of the
Loch for centuries. Unable to return home (their planet was destroyed),
the Zygons plan to take over Earth and turn it into a new home planet
for their race. Able to change form and take on the physical appearance
of Humans, the Zygons have infiltrated the village. The Doctor exposes
the Zygons and flees their captives, including the local Duke. The Brigadier
blows up the Zygon ship but Broton, leader of the Zygons, now in London,
threatens to destroy a World Energy Conference. He is stopped by the Doctor.
The Skarasen survives to swim happily back to Loch Ness.
The Doctor: Tom
Sarah Jane Smith:
Harry Sullivan: Ian
Sergent Benton: John
of Forgill/Broton: John Woodnutt
Munro: Hugh Martin
Huckle: Tony Sibbald
Angus McRanald: Angus Lennie
The Caber: Robert Russell
Radio Operator: Bruce Wightman
Sister Lamont: Lillias Walker
Corporal: Bernard G. High
Soldier: Peter Symonds
Zygons: Keith Ashley, Ronald Gough
Writer: Robert Banks Stewart
Director: Douglas Camfield
Designer: Nigel Curzon
Costume: James Acheson
Make up: Sylvia James
Visual Effects: John Horton, John
Music: Geoffrey Burgon
as "Doctor Who Terror of the
Zygons" by Terrance Dicks (0 426 11041 2) first published by
Tandem as "Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster" in 1976
with cover by Chris Achilleos. New edition by Virgin Publishing Ltd in
1993 with cover by Alister Pearson. Target library number 40.
The American Pinnacle edition was number 6 in the series and was released
in June 1979. By January 1989, inor alterations to the cover. Cover
art by David Mann.
as "Terror of the Zygons" (BBCV 4186) first released
1988 and in US (CBS/FOX catalogue # 5422)
photomontage cover.Re-released in episodic format
in 1999, PAL (BBC Video catalogue# 6774) and NTSC (Warner catalogue #E1410)
with new photomontage cover.
heard in the story were played by Angus Lennie, who played 'McRannald'.
Ian Marter leaves at the end of the story, but returns for a guest appearance
in "The Android Invasion".
Douglas Camfield returned to Doctor Who. Camfield had not worked on the
program since 1970, when he experienced heart trouble while making "Inferno".
This is the last story to feature the Brigadier until "Mawdryn
episodes exist in color on videotape.
recording in Stage TC3. (7-8
recording in Stage TC4. (22-23
Climping Beach, Climping, West Sussex. (17
Ambersham Common, South Ambersham, West Sussex. (17-19
Hall Aggregates Quarry, Storrington, West Sussex. (18
Charlton, West Sussex. (20
Furnace Pond, Mill Lane, Crabtree, West Sussex.
Millbank Tower, Millbank, London, SW1. (Date
1 - When the Brigadier summons the Doctor
back from Jupiter, he complains that he's just been dragged 270 million
miles. (It's actually more like 370 million miles.)
When the Doctor and the Brigadier are examining
the soldier who was crushed to death by the Skarasen, you can see one
of his (the soldier's) fingers move slightly. Pretty hard to do if you're
When the duplicate Harry steals the transmitter from Sarah, the wound
on his forehead is very light in colour (as if it had almost healed).
When he runs out the door it is suddenly very dark red.