26 November 1977
Richard Leech (Hade), Jonina Scott (Marn), Roy Macready (Cordo), William Simons (Manrel), Michael Keating (Goudry), Adrienne Burgess (Veet), Carole Hopkin (Nurse) , Henry Woolf (Collector) [2-4], David Rowlands (Bisham) [2-4], Derek Crewe (Synge) [3-4], Colin McCormack (Commander) [3-4], Tom Kelly (Guard) .
|Written by||Robert Holmes|
|Directed by||Pennant Roberts|
|Produced by||Graham Williams|
The TARDIS lands on Pluto in the far future, where The Doctor is astonished to find the planet inhabited by humans and heated by a number of miniature suns. He, Leela and K9 discover that the human race has been moved off Earth to do the bidding of the Company, a ruthless intergalactic conglomerate.
It is up to The Doctor to uncover the secret of the Company’s head, the Collector, while Leela is sentenced to death by steaming.
- Michael Keating (here playing Goudry) would later be cast as Vila in Blake’s 7 based partially on this performance.
- Most of the corridors were named after UK tax forms, as the story was intended as a satire of contemporary British taxes.
- This story marks the last appearance of Leela’s darker outfit. For the next two serials – her last – she would continue to wear the lighter (and more revealing) one.
- Some textures of the walls are enlarged photographs of a die of an AMD microprocessor. The trademark of AMD is large visible.
- Gatherer Pile works in Megropolis Three.
- One of Hade’s predecessors was called Morton. Hade names a tactical manoeuvre Morton’s fork, in honour of him.
- When Leela is prodded, she grabs Veet, threatening to”fillet” her.
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