The TARDIS materialize aboard a sandminer, a mining ship on a desert planet run by a robot labor force headed by a fairly small but sniping human crew. As one crewman is discovered strangled to death, the Doctor and Leela arrive just in time to become the prime suspects. Written by
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acknowledged his sources by littering the script with namechecks to well-known science-fiction authors: Uvanov was a corruption of "Asimov", Poul was a reference to Poul Anderson, and Taren Capel was an homage to Karel Capek (who first coined the term "robot" in his play RUR (Rossum's Universal Robots) in 1921). See more
At the time this episode was set, Louise Jameson wore brown contact lenses as Leela. During the scene in the lounge, the right lens slipped out of place, showing her real blue eye. See more
To the rational mind nothing is inexplicable, only unexplained.
None But the Weary Heart
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged by Dudley Simpson See more