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The Doctor: "Androzani Major was becoming quite developed last time I passed this way."

Peri: "When was that?"

The Doctor: "...I don't remember. I'm pretty sure it wasn't the future."
The Fifth Doctor, reminiscing on how hard it is to try and keep his travels straight.
The Doctor: "Change, my dear. And it seems not a moment too soon."
—One of The Sixth Doctor's first lines ever spoken, right before taking a nice big bite of ham.

Landing on the planet of Androzani Minor, the Doctor and new companion Peri go out of the TARDIS to wander around a very, very exotic alien planet and quickly (more or less in this order) find themselves under attack from random people, contract a nasty rash, get captured, jailed, and then shot.[1] Luckily, as it turns out, the Doctor and Peri that were shot were actually android duplicates rather than the real thing. The real Doctor and Peri, on the other hand, now find themselves "guests" of the mysterious Sharaz Jek, who hangs out in the lower caverns wearing a black-and-white jumpsuit and a Phantom of the Opera-style mask.

Peri and the Doctor compare their rashes; a more senior "guest" of Jek's sees this, and smugly tells them that they are now suffering a slow and painful death at the hands of 'spectrox toxaemia' - said to be incredibly lethal. Before a cure can be found, the Doctor and Peri are separated - with the Doctor being kidnapped by Stotz and his gang (for interrogation at Androzani Major) until he goes MacGyver on his captors, steals their ship and nearly crashes it on the way back to save Peri.

While all of this insanity with the Doctor and Peri is happening, there's also subplots featuring arms smugglers, political intrigue and backstabbing of the highest order. And death. Lots and lots of death.

Finally, the Doctor returns to Jek's place and goes off into deep, nearly airless caves to retrieve the cure for his and Peri's condition and barely carries her out in time for redeemed-villain Jek to die a Heroic Sacrifice. The Doctor carries Peri along the alien landscape until he trips just before reaching the TARDIS - dropping Peri and one of the two doses of antidote. D'oh. Starting up the TARDIS, the Doctor gives Peri the remaining antidote - actually worried that he might die from the poisoning rather than regenerate. As we all know, though, this is not the case.

Tropes

  • Anti-Villain: Sharaz Jek.
  • Aside Comment
  • Bastard Understudy: Morgus is overthrown by his secretary! Particularly ironic because Morgus suspects everyone but her of plotting against him, even when they're not.
  • BBC Quarry
  • Beneath the Earth
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Morgus addresses the camera directly on occasion. This was a result of the actor misinterpreting the stage directions, but it recalls the Jacobean theatrical tradition of the Aside Comment, and so gives the character an air of Shakespearean villainy.
  • Cliff Hanger: The endings of Part One and Part Three are considered among the best in the show's history.
  • The Chew Toy: Surprisingly, the Doctor. He gets poisoned, almost shot in the head by an android, nearly gets his arms pulled off, slapped by Sharaz Jek among other things, and then dies.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Morgus, and HOW!
  • Cow Tools: Sharaz Jek has lots of them, one of which he uses to kill Morgus.
  • Crapsack World
  • Deadly Gas: Stotz is providing Sharaz Jek with gas weapons, among other things, which prove to be a major advantage over the army.
  • Death by Materialism: Stotz and his gang follow Jek through the caves while he's apparently fetching spectrox for them, hoping to find where the spectrox is stored and raid it. However, Jek expected this and led them to where the monster was. Two soldiers were killed.

 Krelper: You tricked us into that!

Jek: No, you were led by your own cupidity. Greed, heedless of caution, lures many a man to his death.

  • The Determinator: The Doctor breaks free of metal restraints, steals a spaceship, outruns armed and angry mercenaries, climbs deep into caves with no oxygen and back, and carries Peri to the TARDIS while in the paralysis stage of his disease.
    • Also Sharaz Jek during the final confrontation.

 "Morgus! You think bullets could stop me now?!" (They don't)

 The Sixth Doctor: Three I’s in one breath? Makes you sound a rather egotistical young lady.

  • Even Evil Has Standards: The corrupt President is becoming disenchanted with Morgus and makes little effort to hide it, leaving Morgus to believe (incorrectly) that the President is moving against him.
  • Evil Versus Evil: The only relatively sane and decent character is Chellak, and even he's willing to send a guy to certain death just to cover up an embarrassment.
  • Fan Service: The Doctor's moving death scene is somewhat undermined by the excellent view the audience get of Peri's trembling cleavage. Davison has joked about this turn of events at times.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: According to actor Peter Davison, death would be preferable to turning into Colin Baker. We assume he's joking, given the two actors are friends.
  • Find the Cure
  • Floating Advice Reminder: As the Doctor lies dying, his companions' heads float around encouraging him to regenerate... and then the Master's head shows up and tells him to give up and die:

 Tegan: "What was it you always told me Doctor? "Brave heart?" You'll survive, Doctor."

Turlough: "You must survive. Too many of your enemies would delight in your death, Doctor."

Kamelion: "Turlough speaks the truth, Doctor."

Nyssa: "You're needed. You mustn't die, Doctor."

Adric: "You know that, Doctor!"

The Doctor: "Adric?"

The Master: "No my dear Doctor, you must die! Die Doctor! DIE DOCTOR!"

 Sharaz Jek: You think I'm mad?

Peri: N-n-no.

Sharaz Jek: I am mad.

Notes

  1. In retrospect, the Doctor also seems to be taking the leaving of Turlough and the loss of Kamelion from the last episode rather well.
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