After landing on the planet Androzani Minor, the Doctor and Peri develop lethal spectrox toxaemia poisoning. As the two search for a cure before it is too late, they become enmeshed in a decades-old feud between the disfigured roboticist Sharaz Jek and businessman Morgus. Jek falls in love with Peri, but the situation only degenerates when the girl refuses his affections. Between threats from mire beasts and gun runners, it quickly becomes apparent that the Doctor will never find a cure in time to save both himself and his companion.
Did You Know?
According to Eric Saward
, producer John Nathan-Turner
wasn't keen on commissioning a story from veteran Doctor Who writer Robert Holmes
. However, Nathan-Turner would later name this as one of his favourite stories from his tenure as producer. See more
In the early exterior shots of Androzani Minor, matte effects are used to enhance the location with painted mountainous terrain. The camera that is filming the live action location is noticeably unsteady, while the matte terrain remains completely still, making the division between the sections obvious. See more
[the Doctor and Peri are waiting in a prison cell to be executed
I'm sorry I got you in to this Peri.
It's alright. It's not your fault. I mean it's as much my fault as it is yours.
Yes. Should never have followed those tracks. Curiosity's always been my downfall.
For the DVD release, the opening sequence of the first episode (with the mountains in the background) was adjusted to improve the matte in the background (which in the original broadcast version jiggled noticeably). Although the difference is minute, DVD viewers have the option of watching the original version or the new, improved version. See more
Referenced in Revelation Exhumed