Doctor Who: Season 24, Episode 6

Paradise Towers: Part Two (12 Oct. 1987)

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The Doctor reunites with the Red Kangs to question why no one questions the steady number of deaths at Paradise Towers. Elsewhere, Mel meets the Blue Kangs who reveal that Pex, the lone ... See full summary »

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The Doctor reunites with the Red Kangs to question why no one questions the steady number of deaths at Paradise Towers. Elsewhere, Mel meets the Blue Kangs who reveal that Pex, the lone young male in the complex (who talks a good game while flanking Mel), is not nearly the heroic and capable fighter he continually boasts of being. Written by statmanjeff

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Silly Doctor Who story.

Doctor Who: Paradise Towers: Part 2 starts as the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) has a stay of execution as the head caretaker (Richard Briers) is called away, in turn he manages to escape from his caretaker guards & sets about finding Mel (Bonnie Langford) & getting to the bottom of the sinister events taking place in paradise towers...

This Doctor Who adventure was episode 6 from season 24 that aired here in the UK during late 1987, directed by Nicholas Mallett I don't think that much of Paradise Towers. The script by Stephen Wyatt is far from the best, it's still a little silly & the annoying Kang's are still there with their irritating dialogue. This reveals the presence of something in a room which the head caretaker seems to feed human bodies to & describes himself as it's 'daddy' in yet another ridiculously silly scene that you can't take seriously & there's another scene when the Doctor tricks two guards into walking away & putting their hands on their heads so he can walk out the door because apparently it says so in a rule book which is hard to not laugh at. The whole balance & tone of this story is wrong, it has no conviction & feels like high camp comedy rather than sci-fi with an edge.

I must admit I quite like the look of the Megapodic Z7 robotic cleaners who go around killing anyone they meet to feed the thing in the basement, even though they are rather angular, chunky & ungainly I think they have a certain menace about them with their waving central robotic arm with claw & their huge drill & round saw like blades on each arm either side of their chunky bodies. Apparently this stories incidental music by Keff McCulloch was composed at short notice after the original score by David Snell was deemed inappropriate & scrapped.

Paradise Towers isn't a great Doctor Who story, it's sort of fun in a campy sort of way & I quite like the deadly robotic cleaners but there are better Doctor Who stories out there.


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