The Song of Megaptera

The Song of Megaptera
The Song of Megaptera

Regular Cast

Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri), John Benfield (Captain Greeg), Neville Watchurst (Stennar/Manus), John Banks (The Caller/Ship’s Computer), Susan Brown (Chief Engineer/Chanel), Toby Longworth (Stafel/1st Security Guard), Alex Lowe (Axel/2nd Security Guard)


Deep space in the distant future, and Captain Greeg and his crew are hunting mile-long Space Whales on a vast harvesting ship. By pure accident, they also capture the TARDIS.

The Doctor and Peri must use all their wits to survive. But what is the creature running loose in the ship’s bowels? And can The Doctor save Megaptera before its song is extinguished forever?

Written by: Pat Mills

Directed by: John Ainsworth


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  • The Song of the Megaptera is the seventh Lost Story of Season 23 to be developed into an audio play
  • In her delirium, Peri accuses The Doctor of being an imposter. The Doctor reminds her that he has regenerated since they first met. (Planet of Fire, The Caves of Androzani)
  • Peri mentions Daleks. (Revelation of the Daleks)
  • A space whale would appear later in The Beast Below.
  • This story was written for television under the name of Song of the Space Whale for Season 22.
  • It was also written for a Fourth Doctor story then was reworked as a Fifth Doctor story, starring Tegan Jovanka and to introduce Vislor Turlough, written by Pat Mills and John Wagner. It was replaced by Mawdryn Undead. The introduction of Turlough was added at a late stage and he was to have been one of the travellers within the space whale. A Brief History of Time (Travel): Mawdryn Undead
  • This audio drama was recorded on 23 and 24 September 2009.

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