|'The Leisure Hive'
Story Code '5N'
by David Fisher
Following an unsuccessful holiday in Brighton, the Doctor and Romana decide to visit the Leisure Hive, a galactic entertainment centre on the planet Argolis. The planet surface is an uninhabitable wasteland, following a twenty-minute nuclear war between the Argolins and their enemies, the Foamasi; as a result of the radiation, the Argolins are a sterile, dying race. After mysterious accidents occur with the Hive's main attraction, the Tachyon Recreation Generator, Mena, the Argolin leader, is put under pressure by her Earth agent, Brock, to sell the Hive to the Foamasi - an offer that is opposed vehemently by her son Pangol. Mena believes that she can be rejuvenated through the Tachyon experiments conducted by Hardin, an Earth scientist, but the Doctor and Romana arrive during one of the experiments, and realise that it has been faked. Hardin's assistant discovers that some Foamasi have broken into the Hive, but when he is found strangled with the Doctor's scarf, the two Time Lords are arrested under suspicion of the murder. The Doctor and Roman are allowed to work under arrest with Hardin, but when the experiment goes wrong, the Doctor is aged considerably. As Mena starts to die, Pangol, now revealed to be a creation of the Tachyon Generator, takes over the Hive and attempts to use the generator to duplicate himself into an army that will fight the Foamasi. But the Doctor has hidden in the machine beforehand - he is rejuvenated and an army of Doctors is created instead. The Foamasi invaders reveal themselves to be government agents, and unmask Brock and his assistant, Klout, who are in fact renegade members of a Foamasi group known as the West Lodge, who are attempting to secure the Hive for their own ends. After the army of Doctors disappears, the Time Lord uses the Randomiser from the TARDIS to reconfigure the Generator, restoring Mena's youth and causing Pangol to become a baby.
Tom Baker (Doctor Who), Romana (Lalla Ward), Voice of K-9 (John Leeson), Adrienne Corri (Mena), Laurence Payne (Morix), John Collins (Brock), David Haig (Pangol), Nigel Lambert (Hardin), Martin Fisk (Vargos), Roy Montague (Guide), Ian Talbot (Klout), Harriet Reynolds (Tannoy Voice), David Allister (Stimson), Clifford Norgate (Generator Voice), Andrew Lane (Foamasi)
Produced by John Nathan-Turner
Directed by Lovett Bickford
Part 1 - 30th August, 1980 @ 6.15pm - 6.40pm
Part 2 - 6th September, 1980 @ 6.20pm - 6.45pm
Part 3 - 13th September, 1980 @ 5.55pm - 6.20pm
Part 4 - 20th September, 1980 @ 6.15pm - 6.40pm
*Featuring the Fourth Doctor, the Second Romana, and K-9 MKII
*Working titles: 'Avalon' and 'The Argolins'
*This story introduces a new opening title sequence and closing credits background, which is designed by Sid Sutton, and accompanied by a new version of Ron Grainer's theme music as arranged by Peter Howell; also debuting is a new, 'neon-tube' logo