Summary: The Doctor and Leela arrive on a mining colony on a sandstorm-riddled planet. The colony’s mining is done by robots. Because of this, the humans have become complacent, almost lethargic. The robots are grouped into three classes: “Dum” (unable to speak), “Voc” (who can speak and interact with humans), and Super Voc, (the overseers). However, one of the Dum robots, D84, actually can speak! Murders are being discovered. Can the Doctor and Leela discover the killers?
Summary: The Doctor arrives on a planet of seemingly primitive humans known as the Sevateem, and meets Leela, who has been banished for opposing their god Xoannon. He discovers that the Sevateem are actually descendants of a Survey Team that was colonizing the planet, and their god is in reality a computer programmed with his voice and his image.
Jon Pertwee stepped down, having lost his family. Phillip Hinchcliffe became the new producer and hired Tom Baker, who would go on to have the longest run as the Doctor yet.
About Tom Baker
Tom Baker was born in Scotland Road, Liverpool. He left school at age 15 to become a Catholic monk, but left after six years because he had lost his faith. In 1955, he began two years service in the Royal Army Medial Corps He was acting first as a hobby, but eventually became part of Laurence Olivier’s Theatre Company. Despite the occasional movie role, he found it difficult to make end meet until he became the Doctor.
During his tenure, Doctor Who also began acting in Australia and the US making him the most popular Doctor at the time. After his tenure ended, Baker played Sherlock Holmes in a BBC adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. He also played Puddleglum in the BBC adaptation of The Silver Chair.
“Of course I’m being childish! There’s no point in being grown-up if you can’t be childish sometimes!”–“Robot”
In a Nutshell
Catch Phrase: “Would you like a jelly baby?”
Tom Baker had three producers during his era. Phillip Hinchcliffe often included gothic horror themes, which caused controversy because it was deemed too frightening. Graham Williams went for a more light-hearted feel. John Nathn Turner began his run as the longest-employed (and final) producer by giving the show a new theme song and logo.
First appearance of Davros: “Genesis of the Daleks”
First appearance of the Zygons: “Terror of the Zygons”
First appearance of the “Crispy Master” (Peter Pratt version): “The Deadly Assassin”
First story set on Gallifrey: “The Deadly Assassin”
First appearance of Jago and Litefoot: “Talons of Weng-Chiang”
First appearance of the Black Guardian: “The Armageddon Factor”
First story arc: “The Key to Time”
First appearance of Geoffrey Beevers as the Master: “The Keeper of Traken”
First appearance of Anthony Ainley as the Master: “The Keeper of Traken”
Summary: Leela and the Doctor arrive on alien planet and find a strange merchant: a merchant who literally sells death and life.
Review: I didn’t care for this one. While the concept of actually selling life and death as a commodity was an interesting one, it was far too short. In fact, this is the shortest story in the entire collection.
Summary: The Doctor takes Leela to ancient Norfolk to learn about her ancestors. Leela meets the tribe of Iceni and is enthralled by its leader, the legendary Boudica. Will she be swayed to join the rebellion against the Roman Empire?
Summary: The Doctor wants to educate Leela by taking her to the greatest collection of Earth artificats in the universe, the Morovarain Museum on Morovarian Minor. But instead, the TARDIS takes them to an English village. There, they meet Harcourt, a mysterious collector. The Doctor suspects something sinister is going on. Something, or someone, is stealing knowledge from people.
Running Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes (note: includes interviews with cast and crew)
Companion: Leela (Louise Jameson)
Summary: This story continues right from where the classic serial “Talons of Weng-Chiang” left off. After saying their good-byes to Jago and Litefoot, the Doctor and Leela return to the TARDIS and find a distress call from Nerva, the space station the Doctor, Sarah Jane, and Harry Sullivan travelled to twice in the show, in The Ark in Space and “Revenge of the Cybermen”. What they discover is an alien who could destroy the project before it even begins.