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The Sun Makers: Part One 

The Tardis lands on Pluto in the far future. Instead of being a lifeless rock, there's scented air, massive buildings, six suns, a human population subjugated by crippling taxes from a ... See full summary »

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Jonina Scott ...
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Roy Macready ...
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The Tardis lands on Pluto in the far future. Instead of being a lifeless rock, there's scented air, massive buildings, six suns, a human population subjugated by crippling taxes from a government called "The Company," and a man about to commit suicide. Written by statmanjeff

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26 November 1977 (UK)  »

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Fans voted this number 90 in a countdown of the 163 Doctor Who (1963) stories in Outpost Gallifrey's 40th anniversary poll in 2003. See more »

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Leela: He is trying to open the tardis.
The Doctor: Pity k-9 can't bark.
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Featured in Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (2013) See more »

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Political satire masquerading as children's adventure
4 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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THE SUN MAKERS is an odd and satirical little comedy from the Tom Baker era of the show. The storyline involves the Doctor and his companions Leela and K9 ending up on a bureaucratic planet (Pluto, bizarrely enough) where life is warmed by no less than six artificial suns and society is strictly regimented.

Although superficially this story is similar to plenty of other DR WHO adventures, with the Doctor and his companions frequently being put into peril by the attacks of various henchmen and warring factions, this seems to have been devised as a political satire for the most part. It's telling that an army of bureaucrats are the true villains here, including a dodgy little guy with a squeaky voice who's like Davros without the horror suit. Still, Baker is having a ball, and K9 gets to do a lot, so it's fairly entertaining if no classic.


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