Production Code: 5N
Season 18, Story Number 110
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Each episode is identified with date of transmission, duration, ratings in millions, and (for 1963-1974 only) archive status.
30 August 1980 | 23'33" | 5.9
06 September 1980 | 20'45" | 5
13 September 1980 | 21'21" | 5
20 September 1980 | 21'19" | 4.5
Archive Status: All four episodes exist as PAL 2” colour videotape, always held by the BBC’s Film and Videotape Library.
(Doctor Who), Lalla Ward
(Romana), John Leeson
(K9), Adrienne Corri
(Mena), David Haig
(Pangol), Laurence Payne
(Morix), John Collin
(Brock), Nigel Lambert
(Hardin), Martin Fisk
(Vargos), Roy Montague
(Guide), Ian Talbot
(Klout), David Allister
(Stimson), Harriet Reynolds
(Voice), Clifford Norgate
(Generator Voice), Andrew Lane
After an abortive holiday in Brighton, Romana persuades the Doctor to take another on the planet Argolis which in the year 2290 is the location of a giant pleasure dome, the leisure hive.
The Argolins are dying. The radiation on their planet's surface, the result of a war with their enemies the Foamasi, has rendered them sterile. Pangol, the youngest Argolin alive, was actually created by the Tachyon Recreation Generator, a machine used to generate games in the hive. He now secretly plans to re-create himself many times over, forming an army of duplicates to destroy the Foamasi for good.
The Hive's leader, Mena (Pangol's mother), is being persuaded by her Earth agent Brock to sell the Hive to the Foamasi who have made a good offer, but Pangol vehemently opposes this plan. As Mena grows weaker, Pangol takes command and attempts to create his army. However, the Doctor has tampered with the equipment and an army of Doctors emerges instead. The duplicates are also unstable and quickly vanish.
The hive turns out to have been infiltrated by some Foamasi agents from their planet's government, who expose Brock and his assistant, Klout, as being renegade Foamasi members of the West Lodge. Mena and Pangol enter the TRG following the Doctor's tampering and are rejuvenated - Mena into a young woman and Pangol a mere babe in arms.
Synopsis from Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Handbook by David J. Howe, Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker, reprinted with permission; further reproduction is not permitted.
(Assistant Floor Manager), June Hudson
(Costumes), Tom Yardley-Jones
(Designer), Barry Letts
(Executive Producer), Keith Barton
(Film Cameraman), Chris Wimble
(Film Editor), Peter Howell
(Incidental Music), Dorka Nieradzik
(Make-Up), John Nathan-Turner
(Producer), Romey Allison
(Production Assistant), Angela Smith
(Production Unit Manager), Christopher H. Bidmead
(Script Editor), Dick Mills
(Special Sounds), Duncan Brown
(Studio Lighting), John Howell
(Studio Sound), Peter Howell
(Theme Arrangement), Ron Grainer
(Title Music), Andrew Lazell
A new producer, John Nathan-Turner, joined the team for the final Tom Baker season, season 18, which was kicked off by "The Leisure Hive". Barry Letts, the long-time Doctor Who producer during the 1970's, stepped in as "executive producer" as Nathan-Turner's inexperience caused a bit of concern with BBC executives. The story featured an opening sequence filmed at Brighton Beach, where K-9 is incapacitated, after a brand-new title sequence designed by the BBC's Sid Sutton, accompanied by a new Peter Howell-arranged version of Ron Grainer's theme music. John Leeson returned as the voice of K-9, though K-9 appears only at the start of the first episode. Klout, unusually, is credited on screen even though he is a non-speaking character. This story saw the debut of a new TARDIS exterior prop, this time made of fibreglass rather than of wood and, with its stacked roof arrangement, somewhat truer to the design of a genuine police box than the previous version (first seen in The Masque of Mandragora) This story made extensive use of the new Quantel image manipulation process; among the effects created by the use of this system was a moving shot of the TARDIS materialising on Argolis (whereas the ‘roll back and mix' technique by which the materialisation was achieved normally necessitated a completely static shot). The working title of the story was "The Argolins." In the scene where the Doctor is apparently dismembered in the TRG, the various parts of his body were played by David Rolfe, Roy Seeley and Derek Chafer as well as by Tom Baker. This was the final contribution to the series by David Fisher. The story's ratings were bad as it was shown opposite the ITV debut of "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century."
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Released in the UK [July 2004] and Australia/New Zealand [October 2004] (BBC DVD catalog #1351), US/Canada [June 2005] (WHV catalog #E2217); episodic format, photomontage cover (UK version by Clayton Hickman). Includes commentary by Lalla Ward, writer Christopher H. Bidmead and director Lovett Bickford; "A New Beginning," an examination of John Nathan-Turner's relaunch of the series; "From Avalon to Argolis," a featurette focusing on the writing and script-editing of this story; "Synthesizing Starfields," an in-depth look at the creation of the new title sequence; "Leisure Wear," a featurette on costume designer June Hudson; an excerpt from a 1980 "Blue Peter" looking at the revamped Longleat exhibition; isolated music soundtrack, production notes and photo gallery. US/Canada version will also include Who's Who option. Easter egg: BBC continuity announcements from start and finish of each episode.
Released as “The Leisure Hive” in the UK [January 1997] and Australia/New Zealand [May 1997] (BBC catalog #5821), US/Canada [September 1997] (WHV catalog #E1135); episodic format, cover illustration by Andrew Skilleter. US/Canada version used the older diamond-shaped logo, whereas US release used new "TV movie logo" to be used on subsequent releases.
A music suite from the story was released on "Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 3: The Leisure Hive" arranged by Mark Ayres, released by BBC Music (2002, catalog #WMSF6052-2). A small selection of music from the story was released on LP and cassette on "Doctor Who: The Music" arranged by Dick Mills and John Walley, released by BBC Records (1983); it was rereleased on "Doctor Who - Earthshock - Classic Music From The BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume 1" released by Silva Screen (1992) and "The Best Of Doctor Who Volume 1 - The Five Doctors" released by Silva Screen (1994).
Novelised as “Doctor Who and the Leisure Hive” by David Fisher (Target #39), first released in 1982 with cover art by Andrew Skilleter. Re-released in 1993 as “Doctor Who – The Leisure Hive” with cover illustration by Alister Pearson. Original version included as part of the “Second Doctor Who Gift Set” released in 1982.
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