Episode Number: Episode Title: Transmission Date: Duration: Ratings in Millions:
1 Episode One 30/8/1980 23:33 mins 5.9
2 Episode Two 6/9/1980 20:45 mins 5.0
3 Episode Three 13/9/1980 21:21 mins 5.0
4 Episode Four 20/9/1980 21:19 mins 4.5
Season: Doctor: Producer: Writer: Script Editor: Director:
Eighteen The 4th Doctor John Nathan-Turner David Fisher Christopher H. Bidmead Lovett Bickford

The Doctor - Tom Baker
Romana II - Lalla Ward
Mena - Adrienne Corri
Morix - Laurence Payne
Brock - John Collin
Pangol - David Haig
Hardin - Nigel Lambert
Vargos - Martin Fisk
Guide - Roy Montague
Klout - Ian Talbot
Voice of Tannoy - Harriet Reynolds
Stimson - David Allister
Voice of Generator - Clifford Norgate
Foamasi - Andrew Lane
Assistant Floor Manager - Val McCrimmon
Costumes - June Hudson
Designer - Tom Yardley-Jones
Executive Producer - Barry Letts
Film Cameraman - Keith Barton
Film Editor - Chris Wimble
Incidental Music - Peter Howell
Make-Up - Dorka Nieradzik
Producer - John Nathan-Turner
Production Assistant - Romey Allison
Production Unit Manager - Angela Smith
Script Editor - Christopher H. Bidmead
Special Sounds - Dick Mills
Studio Lighting - Duncan Brown
Studio Sound - John Howell
Theme Arrangement - Peter Howell
Title Music - Ron Grainer
Visual Effects - Andrew Lazell
The Argolin-Foamisi War lasted for just 20 minutes, during which time the planet of Argolis was turned into a blasted cinder - a radioactive wasteland deadly to almost all.

The few surviving members of the now ageing and sterile Argolin race made a remarkable decision: the story of their people and the husk of their world would stand as a lesson to the galaxy about the horrors of war. The planet would become the most unlikely of holiday resorts.

To the Doctor and Romana, Argolis seems like a restful and fascinating place to relax after their recent adventures. They can take in the beauty of the multi-coloured shifting sands from the safety of the towering Leisure Hive, and catch up with Argolin advances in the obscure science of tachyonics.

Typically enough, however, murder and intrigue follow the time travellers wherever they go; and a lunatic's plan to restore Argolis' proud warrior past could, quite literally, tear the Doctor and his friend apart...
Episode One

The Fourth Doctor, having yet again failed to pilot the TARDIS to Brighton Pavilion, snores loudly on a deck chair as Romana and K9 discuss alternate holiday options. Frustrated, Romana tosses her beach ball into the sea and K9 goes to fetch it, badly damaging him.

Romana convinces the Doctor to go to Argolis, home of the famed Leisure Hive. Argolis had been nearly annihilated by a brief but devastating war with the Foamasi, but the surviving Argolins have built the domed holiday palace, offering anti-gravity racquetball among other delights.

However, the Hive has run into financial dire straits. The chief executive, Morix, ageing and near death, is pondering a buy-out offer from Earth businessmen Brock and Klout, who represent the Foamasi, but his hotheaded son Pangol will hear nothing of it. Morix dies and is succeeded by Mena, who herself is getting old. Meanwhile, an alien presence has infiltrated the Hive.

The Doctor and Romana arrive and watch a demonstration of the Hive's newest offering, the Tachyon Recreation Generator, but the demonstration goes horribly awry when a volunteer from the crowd is torn apart inside the machine.

The Doctor and Romana realise the recordings of the experiments have been faked. The Doctor explores the Tachyon Recreation Generator, and when an alien turns the machine on, the Doctor appears to be torn limb from limb.

Episode Two

The image onscreen is merely an illusion - the Doctor escaped the generator from the back. He and Romana are taken to Mena by security guards. Meanwhile, staff scientist Hardin has arrived, and when Mena learns of the newcomers' experience with time technology, she asks Romana to assist him with tachyonics experiments. They are trying to use the questionable science to reverse the flow of time. The Argolin race is sterile after the war with the Foamasi. Rejuvenating themselves is the only way to survive.

Mena begins to age quickly, a result of the radioactivity on the planet. Meanwhile, Hardin and his partner, Stimson, discuss their experiments, which have been faked by them. Hardin wants to confess. Stimson plans to get off Argolis. Romana and Hardin appear to have some success, but when they go to tell Mena, the equipment explodes.

Guards find Stimson, who has been murdered, and arrest the Doctor. He stands trial in the boardroom and claims his innocence. Romana and Hardin announce their success, but before it can be used on Mena, Pangol wants to test it on the Doctor. As the experiment proceeds, Romana realises something is wrong, but she is too late to stop the experiment. The Doctor emerges from the machine, aged several hundred years.

Episode Three

The Doctor and Romana are imprisoned and try to figure out what went wrong with the experiment. Pangol discovers that Hardin’s experiments were faked, which Hardin admits to but says he is near to a breakthrough, and wants Romana’s help. Mena refuses.

Pangol prevents Mena from signing contracts with the Foamasi. He wants to rebuild Argolis. He is the first Argolin created in the recreation generator and has big plans for the machine.

Hardin frees the Doctor and Romana, and they decide to put Romana in the machine. She works on the machine but is confronted by an alien. Pangol sees the Doctor on a monitor and goes to stop him. He programs the machine to age the Doctor, who he thinks is in the machine, another two thousand years.

The alien, a Foamasi, helps Romana escape. The Foamasi doesn’t speak with words but the Doctor can understand him. They go to the boardroom where Pangol reveals his grand plans to Brock - he will raise an Argolin army from the generator. The Foamasi approaches Brock and pulls at his face - revealing that it is a mask and he is a Foamasi.

Episode Four

The first Foamasi takes Brock’s voice synthesiser and reveals that Brock and Klout (the murderer) are disguised Foamasi, members of a dissident group called the West Lodge. They do not act in the interest of the Foamasi at large, however. The two planets are now at peace. Pangol is suspicious of the Doctor and the Foamasi, and refuses to let them leave. When the Foamasi ship takes off, it is destroyed by Pangol.

Pangol plans to start creating his clone army. The Doctor and Romana try to stop him by using the randomiser from the TARDIS. Pangol enters the machine, wearing the Helmet of Theron, and duplicates himself into an army. However, because the Doctor was in the machine at the time, the clones are images of the Doctor, who has been restored to his original age. The clones do not last long, disappearing one by one.

Hardin takes a near-dead Mena to the machine to regenerate her, but Pangol pushes past him. Both Mena and Pangol get into the machine, and both are restored, Mena to a young adult age and Pangol to a baby. The Doctor shuts the generator.

The Foamasi who rescued Romana appears, not having been in the Foamasi ship when it was destroyed. He and Mena begin negotiations for peace. The Doctor and Romana, with the randomiser removed from the TARDIS, leave to continue their travels.

[Source: TARDIS Wikia]
Working Title(s):
■  The Argolins
■  Avalon

Things to look out for:
■  This story is the debut of the new opening and closing title sequences, complete with "neon tube" logo, designed by the BBC's Sid Sutton, accompanied by a new Peter Howell-arranged version of Ron Grainer's theme music. The arrangement is notable for being performed in F# minor, whereas all previous arrangements were in the original key of E minor.
■  The Doctor's new outfit (burgundy colour) also debuts in this story.
■  Beginning with this story and continuing for the next several seasons until The Five Doctors, each serial will be linked in some way, either through some reference, or directly linked.

■  All 4 episodes exist in the BBC Archives.

■  The wires pulling K9 along the beach are particularly visible in part one.
■  In episode two the top of the sonic screwdriver is nearly bent off.
■  The shiny silver belts of the zero gravity squash players were a poor choice of costume accessory for the CSO effect. Because they reflect the colour of the special effects backdrop, they have a tendency to become completely invisible.
■  The number of nodules on Morix's horn changes between shots during his death scene.

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Special Features:

■  Commentary - Lalla Ward, Lovett Bickford, and Christopher H. Bidmead
■  A New Beginning Documentary - A look at the radical changes made to Doctor Who by incoming Producer John Nathan-Turner.
■  From Avalon to Argolis - David Fisher and Christopher H. Bidmead recall the writing of the story.
■  Leisure Wear - June Hudson talks about the costumes for the story.
■  Synthesising Starfields - Peter Howell and Sid Sutton recall the creation of the new title sequence and theme arrangement.
■  Blue Peter - A look at the exhibition at Longleat.
■  Photo Gallery
■  Production Subtitles
■  Easter Egg
■  5.1 Mix
■  Music-only Option

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Doctor Who And The Leisure Hive

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Written by: David Fisher

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Published: 22nd July 1982


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