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
Did You Know?
Although this serial has gone on to become one of the most popular Doctor Who
(1963) serials ever made, director Michael E. Briant
revealed on the Special Edition DVD commentary that neither he nor star Tom Baker
liked the script by Chris Boucher
very much. Briant claimed he believed it owed too much to Agatha Christie
and was fairly average. Briant added that he thought the story's greatest attribute was its design work. 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
There was a Voc therapist in Kaldor City. Specially programmed, equipped with vibro-digits, subcutaneous stimulators, the lot. You know what happened, Borg? Its first client wanted treatment for a stiff elbow. The Voc therapist felt carefully all round the joint, and then suddenly just twisted his arm off at the shoulder. Shoompf. All over in two seconds.
Referenced in The Sandmine Murders
Préludes, Book 1 no 8: La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl With the Flaxen Hair)
Composed by Claude Debussy
Arranged by Dudley Simpson See more