The Doctor and Mel visit Paradise Towers, a apartment complex in the 21st century, only to find it rat-infested and ruined. Paradise Towers is inhabited by Rezzies (elderly women, at least ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Edit

Cast

Episode cast overview:
...
Bonnie Langford ...
...
Clive Merrison ...
Deputy Chief
Brenda Bruce ...
...
Julie Brennon ...
Annabel Yuresha ...
Howard Cooke ...
Pex
Catherine Cusack ...
Joseph Young ...
Young Caretaker
Astra Sheridan ...
Yellow Kang
Edit

Storyline

The Doctor and Mel visit Paradise Towers, a apartment complex in the 21st century, only to find it rat-infested and ruined. Paradise Towers is inhabited by Rezzies (elderly women, at least some of whom are cannibals), Kangs (roving gangs of teenage girls), Pex (a cowardly young warrior who proclaims himself the local hero) and Caretakers led by a Chief whose job is to keep the apartment complex in order. But the Doctor and Mel find that robotic cleaners are killing off everyone in Paradise Towers, one-by-one. The culprit is Kroagnon, the building's award-winning architect, who plots to rid Paradise Towers of all those who live within it. Written by Daniel Williamson

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 October 1987 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Judy Cornwell was the third choice for the role of Maddy. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: Nothing's just "rubbish" if you have an inquiring mind.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Watchable but rather camp.
19 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This story is a parable of high-rise tower blocks which, in the '80s, were controversial, were subject to decay and social breakdown. If it had been played seriously, I've no doubt 'Paradise Towers' could have been an Orwell-like vision of a grim future. But this was 1987, when Dr Who was seen as a bit of light-hearted kids' entertainment rather than serious sci-fi. The main problem I have with this story is the villain. I know Richard Briars is not just a comedy actor, as I've seen him in serious roles as villains. But here he seems to be doing panto, camping up a Hitler-like character as though goose-stepping figures of fun are going out of fashion. The monsters are not much better. The 'cleaners' are slow and clunky, and the 'pool cleaner' only catches Mel because she somehow fails to notice this huge bright-yellow metal crab floating in clear water about six feet away. The music, though nice to listen to, is completely at odds with the goings-on.

It's not all bad, however. There are good scenes, such as the Doctor outwitting the Caretakers by use of their own 'red tape' mentality. The Kangs, with their inventive slang, are interesting, and Pex is a likable character. All in all, this story, though certainly not a classic, is at least entertaining and is thankfully free of the constant in-jokes and continuity references which bogged down so many Dr Who stories in the eighties.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lesbian subtext in Survival lawrenceconwayvulcan
Goodbye Dear Friends michaellevenson1
Female Cybermen? Dr Wily
Doctor Who Disgrace michaellevenson1
Like- minded Who fans michaellevenson1
The Best of Each Doctor, Part 2 LiquidDrainerFilms
Discuss Paradise Towers: Part One (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?