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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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Richard Leech ...
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Jonina Scott ...
Marn
Roy Macready ...
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Mandrel
Michael Keating ...
Goudry
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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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Veet's lines originally went to a character named Rashif, who was dropped from the script. See more »

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Mandrel: There's no life on the other planets.
The Doctor: Really? How many other planets have you been to?
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Featured in Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (2013) See more »

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Death and Taxes
13 January 2015 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 4 episodes:

This story is a light-hearted adventure which is a political satire of tax, greedy capitalism and bureaucracy. A few may think the heavier taxation from left-wing government is being attacked. I on the other hand agree with the majority who see it as an attack on greedy capitalist right-wing politics. This is shown in the clear capitalism of the villainous wealthy overlords with oppressed workers paying taxes to fund the sheer greed of the elite until the downtrodden workers unite against them. It works very well indeed both as sheer fun entertainment and as an amusing satire.

The Doctor, Leela and K-9 arrive in a future Pluto colony controlled by wicked tax collectors who control and oppress the hard working population, exploiting them completely and secretly sending the profits to their unknown alien masters. The Doctor shakes things up.

There are numerous clever tax linked jokes such as names of corridors being tax form titles and the silliness and cruelty of aspects of the system are successfully made fun of. There is much enjoyment to be had in this adventure and there are some serious points made too. The first two parts are stronger than the final two parts but it is all good fun. An example of when the more light, humorous stories can work very well. I cannot say the same for the adventure which followed next!


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