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"Doctor Who" Paradise Towers: Part One (1987)

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Silly Doctor Who story.

Author: Paul Andrews ( from UK
6 April 2007

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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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