[[caption-width-right:350:Oh look, [[CompletelyMissingThePoint a marriage proposal]]!]]

-> ''There's nothing "only" about being a girl.''
-->-- '''Sarah Jane Smith'''

The one with evil ComicBook/JudgeDredd.

The Doctor returns to Peladon, some fifty years after [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E2TheCurseOfPeladon his first visit]]. King Peladon's daughter, Queen Thalira, is now in charge, advised by the inevitable EvilChancellor, who promptly arrests the Doctor and Sarah Jane. Alpha Centauri, the squeaky-voiced octopoid from the last story, is now the Federation ambassador to Peladon, and clears the Doctor's name.

A spectral image of Aggeddor (the titular Monster, a god of Peladon) has been blamed for a number of deaths among the Trisilicate miners. The Doctor discovers that the spectral image is the work of a human engineer, Eckersley, who is working in cahoots with some renegade Ice Warriors to seize the Trisilicate deposits for a rival power bloc.

The Ice Warrior leader, Azaxyr, leads an attack on the throne room, but is killed along with his comrades when the Doctor turns Eckersley's heat ray on them. Eckersley takes the queen hostage, but the Doctor and the real Aggeddor hunt him down. Eckersley is killed, but so is Aggeddor.

The rival power bloc surrenders to the Federation and the Queen offers the Doctor the chancellorship, but the Doctor suggests Gebek, the miners' leader.

"Glorious Goodwood", one of the earliest recorded audio stories of ''Doctor Who'', takes place between this serial and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders Planet of the Spiders]]". It was actually filmed during Jon Pertwee's soon-to-conclude tenure right before he left the role of the Doctor. However, it never made it to air and was reallocated the shelves of the BBC Archives as an unfinished production. It was rediscovered in 2005, after Pertwee had passed, and included on '' Doctor Who at the BBC: Volume 3'', a CD containing stories narrated by Elisabeth Sladen, who was still alive at the time of release.


* AgonyBeam[=/=]MindRape: The refinery's security system.
* AuthorTract: The "women's lib" section seems rather shoehorned into the story. It amounts to one scene, is superfluous to the plot, and is only raised briefly again at the end.
** Indeed, Ortron's {{Stay In The Kitchen}} vibe comes off more as an {{Informed Attribute}}. While Ortron is obviously dismissive of his Queen, it is hard to imagine him being more amenable to a young king. Also, when the chips are down, and Azaxyr threatens to rule Paledon, he is the first to proclaim that only the Queen has that right.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Eckersley and Azaxyr.
** BigBadEnsemble: Eckersley/Azaxyr and Ettis.
** GreaterScopeVillain: Galaxy 5.
* LesCollaborateurs: Eckersley conspires with the Ice Warriors for a stake in the trisilicate trade.
* ContinuityCavalcade: There are numerous mentions to the previous Peladon story.
* ConvenientComa: The Doctor can put himself into a coma, to avoid being killed by the refinery's alarm.
* DisappearedDad: King Peladon is now dead of old age and his daughter has taken over the throne. [[MissingMom We didn't even get to hear about the missus.]]
* TheDragon: Sskel.
* EnemyMine: Ortron and Gebeck's striking miners after the Ice Warriors show up.
* EvilChancellor: Although Orton's less "evil" and more of a KnightTemplar.
* FlatEarthAtheist: Vega Noxos (who belong to the Satyr alien race known as the vegan) He viewed the native Peladonian miners as "superstitious primitives" for their fear of Aggedor. Ironically he was killed by the fake ghost of Aggedor.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Sarah Jane mentions the Doctor's saying, "Where there's life, there's hope," trailing off before the final word. Later, thinking him dead, she cries over his body. The Doctor, upon waking states, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E5PlanetOfTheSpiders "Tears, Sarah?"]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Chancellor Ortron
* {{Hermaphrodite}}: Alpha Centauri makes a second appearance, and is once again said to be hermaphroditic, voiced by a woman, and referred to as "he".
* HistoryRepeats: After all the effort the Doctor put into making Peladon and the Federation a better place, it has only managed to get ''worse''. Peladon has regressed from trust back to as it was during its medieval, crusader mentality-dominated days. Another crackpot advisor oversees its ruler and is even more execution slap-happy than his late predecessor, while the Ice Warriors are no longer friendly to the Doctor, but hostile. Oh, and another unintelligible mute man is the ruler's champion.
* HostageSituation: The Martians gather a group of Peladonians, plus the Doctor and Sarah Jane, and threaten to kill them if the miners refuse to work.
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: The Martian commander drops the trope name. He doesn't actually get to be the third one.
* KnightTemplar: Orton is hostile to the Doctor and Sarah, tyrannical to the miners, and looks down on his own queen because [[StayInTheKitchen she's a woman.]] He's also a genuinely loyal patriot of Peladon who [[EnemyMine quickly unites with the miners against the Ice Warriors]] and [[RedemptionEqualsDeath dies protecting his queen.]]
* TheMole: Eckersley.
* MulticoloredHair[=/=]SkunkStripe: The miners' hair, which has alternating bands of white and brown.
** Presumably a genetic trait of the natives of Peladon, given that it's the same or similar with everyone else who's from the planet.
** HumanAliens
* MusicSoothesTheSavageBeast: Aggedor is still enthralled by Venusian lullabies.
* ObviousStuntDouble: There's a fight scene where you get a good, clear look at the face of the Doctor's longtime stunt double, Terry Walsh.
* PublicSecretMessage: Gebek tells his miners to "cooperate with Commander Azaxyr like we've cooperated with Ortron". The catch being that they never liked Ortron and planned to overthrow him.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Orton.
* RedHerring: For those who remember the last Peladon episode where the Ice Warriors turned out to be on the Doctor's side. Here they are back to being villains again.
* RenegadeSplinterFaction: Azaxyr and his crew are said to be members of an extremist Ice Warrior political group who are upset about their culture becoming good galactic citizens.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Both averted and played straight; Gebeck's worker's rights movement is depicted sympathetically, but the attempts of Ettis to start an ''actual'' revolution are universally condemned.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: This story was inspired by the 1972 miners' strike.
* ScoobyDooHoax
* SequelEpisode: To "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E2TheCurseOfPeladon The Curse of Peladon]]".
* StayInTheKitchen: Queen Thalira is not treated with much respect due to this. Sarah Jane evokes "Women's Lib" (using those words) to get her to stand up for herself.
* StronglyWordedLetter: Alpha Centauri threatens to make their displeasure known by sending an official communication to the Galatic Federation. This is during the middle of an armed uprising against the government.
* {{Unobtainium}}: Trisilicate
* [[WhatsUpKingDude What's Up, Queen Girl?]]: It seems anyone, including miners, can walk into the throne room and talk to the queen whenever they want.
* TheXOfY
* [[GreenRocks Yellow Rocks]]: Trisilicate
* [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness You Will Outlive Your Usefulness]]: The Ice Warriors kindly inform the Doctor that they intend to kill him as soon as he's no longer useful to them.