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Paradise Towers: Part One 

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 »

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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

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5 October 1987 (UK)  »

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The Blue Kang Leader was unnamed on-screen, but was given the name Drinking Fountain in Stephen Wyatt's novelisation. See more »

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Pex: Are these old ladies annoying you?
Melanie 'Mel' Bush: No.
Pex: Are you annoying these old ladies?
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Silly Doctor Who story.

Doctor Who: Paradise Towers: Part 1 starts as the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) & his companion Mel (Bonnie Langford) in the TARDIS heading towards a holiday complex known as Paradise Towers with Mel particularly looking forward to relaxing in it's swimming pool. However once they get there & step outside the TARDIS they find Paradise Towers in a terrible state, graffiti covering the walls, rubbish lying everywhere & the whole place in a state of decay. They meet up with a gang called the 'Red Kangs' who explain that there is another gang called the 'Blue Kangs' & a bunch of caretakers who try to catch them & repair the damage that they cause, they are then ambushed by the caretakers who managed to capture the Doctor & take him to their leader (Riuchard Briers) who orders his death...

This Doctor Who adventure was episode 5 from season 24 that aired here in the UK during late 1987 & was Sylvester McCoy's second story as the Doctor, directed by Nicholas Mallett I struggling to think of anything positive to say about Paradise Towers. The script by Stephen Wyatt is obviously basing it's premise around the breakdown of society & close knit inner city living, I suppose as a serious piece of work this could have been pretty effective unfortunately as a Doctor Who story it's all rather silly, the character's are moronic especially the caretakers who when they salute their leader they put their outstretched hands under their noses & do their best to impersonate Hitler which when you consider their leader is a Hitler lookalike complete with slug like moustache this comes across as utterly ridiculous, bordering on the offensive & I deify anyone to take it seriously. Mel is annoying as ever in this one, the Kang's speak in a very strange way in a sort of mixed up broken English with annoying words like 'unalive' instead of dead & 'carrydor' instead of corridor thrown in their dialogue. Paradise Towers has a certain campy fun to it but it's maybe a bit too silly & the production values aren't great & hurt the overall story.

The tight BBC budget really show's here, the sets are basic & feel very flimsy while a supposedly futuristic apartment ends up looking like something from from the 80's, in fact the whole episode looks very camp & dated. Doctor Who as a series must have some sort of fascination with Hitler & the Nazi's because every time it needs a repressive & evil organisation or group it seems to base them on them.

Paradise Towers is probably trying to say something about social breakdown but I just don't think it works that well & as a Doctor Who story so far it's been no great shakes.


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