The Doctor - Tom Baker
Romana II - Lalla Ward
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
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
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...
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
[Source: TARDIS Wikia]
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
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
In episode two the top of the sonic screwdriver is nearly bent
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.
The Leisure Hive
Manufactured by: BBC DVD / 2|Entertain
Format: DVD -
Region 2 & 4 - PAL UK Episodic
5th July 2004
■ 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
■ 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
■ Blue Peter - A look at the exhibition at Longleat.
■ Photo Gallery
■ Production Subtitles
■ Easter Egg
■ 5.1 Mix
■ Music-only Option
Doctor Who At The Radiophonic Workshop:
Volume 3 - The Leisure Hive
Manufactured by: BBC Audio
Doctor Who And The Leisure Hive
Manufactured by: Target
No.39 in the Target Doctor Who Library.
The Leisure Hive
Manufactured by: Target
21st October 1993
No.39 in the Target Doctor Who Library.