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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 »


Pennant Roberts


Robert Holmes (by)

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Episode cast overview:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who
Louise Jameson ... Leela
Richard Leech ... Gatherer Hade
Jonina Scott Jonina Scott ... Marn
Roy Macready Roy Macready ... Cordo
William Simons ... Mandrel
Michael Keating Michael Keating ... Goudry
Adrienne Burgess Adrienne Burgess ... Veet
Carole Hopkin Carole Hopkin ... Nurse
John Leeson ... K9 (voice)


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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Release Date:

26 November 1977 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the DVD commentary, Pennant Roberts says that the positions in the chess match between the Doctor and K9 were based on the endgame of a match between Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. However, Kasparov never played Fischer. It is probable that the set-up was based on another match, perhaps the 1972 World Chess Championship between Fischer and Boris Spassky. It is ironic if the match in this story was indeed based on a Fischer endgame, since Fischer left the United States after a dispute over back taxes See more »


The Doctor: [told to go steal] Suppose I refuse to go?
Mandrel: You die.
The Doctor: It was just a passing thought.
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Referenced in Running from the Taxman (2011) See more »

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Death and Taxes
13 January 2015 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee 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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