Doctor Who: Season 24, Episode 8

Paradise Towers: Part Four (26 Oct. 1987)

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Meeting up at the pool, the Doctor leads the surviving Rezzies, Kangs and Caretakers as they draw the line together on the 245th floor against the systematic cleansing of all life by Kroagnon and his robotic Cleaners.

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Meeting up at the pool, the Doctor leads the surviving Rezzies, Kangs and Caretakers as they draw the line together on the 245th floor against the systematic cleansing of all life by Kroagnon and his robotic Cleaners.

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This episode was watched by 5 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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When Mel is attacked by the robot cleaners in the pool, she is clearly dragged under the water several times. However, after she escapes and emerges from the pool, the hair on top of her head is dry. See more »

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Fire Escape: Did Mel make the creature un-alive for you?
Blue Kang Leader: And stop you being taken to the cleaners?
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Fire Escape: Then Mel IS a Kang after all.
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Silly Doctor Who story.

Doctor Who: Paradise Towers: Part 4 starts as the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) witnesses Kroagnon the Great Architect transfer his mind into the body of the Chief Caretaker (Richard Briers) & sets about cleaning up his Paraidse Towers of all the 'human garbage'. The Doctor manages to convince the Kang's, the Resies & the caretakers to join forces with him & Melanie (Bonnie Langford) to defeat Kroagnon & liberate Paradise Towers...

This Doctor Who adventure was episode 8 from season 24 that aired here in the UK during late 1987, directed by Nicholas Mallett this didn't do that much for me. The script by Stephen Wyatt has a pretty serious basic premise but in execution it's absolutely ridiculous, the ever annoying Kang's are still here & if I hear the catchphrase 'ice-cold' again I think I'll pull my hair out, the dialogue is silly & the scenes where the Kang's, the Resies & the Caretakers kiss & make up within the space of two minutes after years of fighting is impossible to take seriously & had me laughing. Then there's the fact Melanie couldn't even see a big yellow killer robot in a standard sized swimming pool let alone the fact it managed to 'sneak' up on her, Paradise Towers has been more comedy & camp than sci-fi & while it can be fun on occasions there's no edge to it whatsoever.

Technically Paradise Towers has been alright although cheap looking. the acting has been pretty poor & Richard Briers during this episode having been taken over by Kroagnon mumbles his words & walks around like a zombie, it's an absolutely terrible performance & frankly embarrassing to watch. There's no scares, monsters, aliens or decent action during Paradise Towers either.

Paradise Towers is yet another sign Doctor Who was steadily going down hill towards the end of Sylvester McCoy's era, one for the fans really.


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