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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.

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. They quickly (and more or less in this order) find themselves under attack from random people, contract a nasty rash by stepping into a cobweb, get captured, jailed, and then shot. [[note]]In retrospect, the Doctor also seems to be taking the leaving of Turlough and the loss of Kamelion from the last episode rather well.[[/note]]

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 the eternal "guests" of the mysterious Sharaz Jek, who hangs out in the lower caverns wearing a black-and-white jumpsuit and a trippy ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''-style mask. Jek has rather... [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty unsavory intentions]] for Peri. Also, there's a dragon-like thing roaming about, but that's neither here nor there.

Peri and the Doctor compare their rashes and increasing dizziness; 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". It's said to be incredibly lethal. Before a cure can be found, the Doctor and Peri are separated -- with the Doctor being shot at (and getting a head wound) and kidnapped by Stotz and his gang (for interrogation at Androzani Major). He's blindfolded and handcuffed to a wall, but manages to escape by burning his handcuffs off (and burning himself a bit, too), takes over the space ship and tries to manually crash land it while snarking at his captors. He's also still dying. The gang literally lasers a hole through the cockpit door, and the Doctor scrambles out of the ship, barely able to stand anymore but running with all his might.

Meanwhile, the story takes an unexpected nose dive into PsychologicalHorror and political intrigue. Jek falls madly in love with an increasingly unconscious Peri, but she's terrified when she sees his burned face underneath the mask, and he goes into a VillainousBSOD. The local president, who's 85 but looks 50 thanks to [[SpiceOfLife the local spice]], is caught up in an arms race conflict full of corruption. He's deposed by his lackey by creative use of an elevator shaft, and the lackey is quickly deposed by his smug secretary lady using the regular legal system. It all results in death. [[KillEmAll Lots and lots of death]].

The Doctor returns to Jek's place and (using his [[BizarreAlienBiology respiratory bypass system]]) goes off into deep, nearly airless caves to retrieve the cure for his and Peri's cobweb-related condition: space bat milk. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome Sadly]], we don't get to see Peter Davison milking a bat. Luckily, he manages to carry her out in time for redeemed-villain Jek to die a HeroicSacrifice. The Doctor carries an unconscious Peri along the alien landscape until he trips just before reaching the TARDIS -- dropping Peri and one of the two doses of antidote. He crawls in, locks the door, drags himself to the console and gets the TARDIS to vworp away half a second before the ground underneath her explodes.

The Doctor gives Peri the remaining antidote -- actually worried that he might die from the poisoning rather than regenerate. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E7TheTwinDilemma As we all know]], though, [[TheNthDoctor this is not the case]], and as visions of his companions and the Master surround him, he turns into the [[Creator/ColinBaker Sixth Doctor]]. This new chap, with curly blond hair atop his head, gives his sardonic wit a whirl and insults Peri with a condescending remark. Six believes this regeneration is for the better and gives the camera a big, confident, full of himself smile.
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!!Tropes
* AndAnotherThing: Used for a KickTheDog moment; after pushing the President into an empty elevator shaft, Morgus announces that he's flying to Androzani Minor on a peace mission to end this horrible carnage. Oh, and he wants the lift maintenance engineer shot.
* AntiVillain: Sharaz Jek.
* AsideComment: 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 AsideComment, and so gives the character an air of Shakespearean villainy.
** Also the Sixth Doctor for his "Change my dear, and it seems not a moment too soon."
* BadassBandolier: The gunrunners wear bandoliers of gas grenades.
* BadassBoast: "I'm not going to let you stop me now!" Doubly badass, as the scene subtly implies the Doctor is saying it to both Stotz (who's trying to retake control of the shuttle from him) and ''himself'', as his regeneration process seemingly begins.
* BadBoss: Stotz is awful to his gunrunner underlings, holding a knife to one's throat and almost force-feeds him a suicide pill.
* BastardUnderstudy: Morgus is overthrown by his secretary! Particularly ironic because Morgus suspects everyone ''but'' her of plotting against him, even when they're not.
* BBCQuarry: The surface of Androzani Minor.
* BeneathTheEarth
* BetweenMyLegs: One of the gunrunners stands menacingly over a resting Stotz to intimidate him. He's not impressed, and quickly turns the tables on him physically and psychologically.
* BlatantLies: The Doctor looks through the bars of their detention cell and sees the firing squad assembling outside.
-->'''Peri:''' Anything interesting?
-->'''Doctor:''' No. [[GallowsHumor Looks like a graveyard]].
** Played for HypocriticalHumor with Morgus, who uses PatrioticFervor slogans while plotting treason and preaching high-minded virtue while [[KickTheDog Kicking The Dog]]. Not to mention bringing up the mass unemployment, which he's causing.
* BondVillainStupidity: Justified -- Sharez desires the Doctor's intellectual stimulation as well as Peri's beauty, but makes it clear that he will kill the Doctor if he can't bend him to his will.
* BridalCarry: A dying Peri is carryed by first Jek (in a VillainousBreakdown) and then the Doctor (back to the TARDIS).
* ChairReveal: We don't see Morgus until he turns to break the fourth wall.
-->'''Morgus:''' The spineless cretins!
* TheChewToy: Surprisingly, the Doctor. He gets poisoned, almost shot in the head by an android, nearly gets his arms pulled off, handcuffed, blindfolded, singed a bit, slapped by Sharaz Jek among other things, and then ''dies''.
* CliffHanger: The endings of Part One and Part Three are considered among the best in the show's history.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Averted; Jek's terrible injuries were caused by his taking shelter from a mud burst in a baking chamber. Stotz cuts a hole in the cockpit door to stop the Doctor, but the edges of the hole are too hot for him to reach through and open it.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Morgus is shown deliberately manipulating the supply of product to increase profits, and won't stop at sabotage or even murder to get his way. And that's just in the ordinary course of business, before getting to what he's up to on Androzani Minor.
-->'''Secretary:''' The world will be forever in your debt, Trau Morgus!
-->'''Morgus:''' Yes....quite so.
** What he's getting up to involves shutting down factories on one side of Androzani Major, arresting the people made jobless and homeless by this and having them moved to labor camps on the other that he just happens to own.
* CorruptPolitician: The President of the (equally corrupt) Presidium.
* ComingInHot
-->'''Doctor:''' Stotz, we'll be touching down in a couple of minutes, or more likely crashing down. ''(buckling up)'' You see I'm a bit out of practise with manual landings so if I were you, I'd find something firm to hang on to!
* ConvenientlyPlacedSharpThing: The Doctor is chained to the wall in the spaceship control cabin. He's able to break free of the wall, and finds a vertical glowing energy thingy he can use to cut the chain, through trying to do so while standing with your back to it is rather painful.
* CowTools: Sharaz Jek has lots of them, one of which he uses to kill Morgus.
* CrapsackWorld
* CyberCyclops / MechaMooks: Sharaz Jek's androids.
* DeadlyGas: Stotz is providing Sharaz Jek with gas weapons, among other things, which prove to be a major advantage over the army. Androids aren't affected by gas and the army's gas-suits are inefficient.
* DeathByMaterialism: 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 [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow 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.
** This proves Morgus final downfall, when he tries to steal Jek's entire supply of spetrox (admittedly Morgus hadn't got much choice by that point, having lost all his power and money). He fails to realise that Jek hates him so much he'd give his own life to kill Morgus.
* DecapitationPresentation: Sharez Jek wants only one thing to call off his war, the head of Morgus brought to him.
* TheDeterminator:
** 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''. And all of this while (apparently) holding back the regeneration process.
** Also Sharaz Jek during the final confrontation.
-->"Morgus! You think bullets could stop me now?!" (They don't)
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Sharaz Jek dies in the arms of one of his androids; The Doctor dies in Peri's arms.
* DistressedDude: Like his Third and Fourth incarnations, the Fifth Doctor gets kidnapped in this story, and chained and blindfolded.
* DownerEnding: The Fifth Doctor and most of the cast ends up dead, but to cap it all of as he dies the last image to go through the Doctor's head is The Master looming over him, cackling triumphantly.
** An AlternateCharacterInterpretation raised by the novelisation is that the Doctor actually is on the verge of final, irreversible death until he sees the Master, which is what inspires him to regenerate and live -- the refusal to let the Master (and by extension his enemies / the evil he opposes in general) have the last laugh.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: The Doctor snarks every powerful, gun-toting and/or homicidal character he comes across, but Sharez Jek makes it clear he doesn't appreciate this.
-->"Your sense of humor will be the death of you, Doctor. [[ImpliedDeathThreat Probably quite soon]]."
* DramaticUnmask: Sharaz Jek unmasks himself during the final confrontation with Morgus, to show Morgus (and the audience) the extent of his injuries.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Just how did Sharaz Jek furnish his place, anyway?
* ElevatorFailure: Morgus shoves the President down the empty elevator shaft of his private lift.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
-->'''The Sixth Doctor:''' Three Iís in one breath? Makes you sound a rather egotistical young lady.
* EvenEvilHasStandards
** 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.
** Jek acts rather guilty when Peri asks where the Doctor has got to, having let Stotz take him away. He quickly reverts to [[NeverMyFault blaming it all on Morgus though]].
* EvilIsHammy: Sharaz Jek and Morgus are almost Shakespearean in their furious ranting and scheming asides, respectively.
* EvilLaugh: Sharez Jek and the Master naturally, but the imprisoned Salateen gives a disturbing laugh when informing the Doctor and Peri that they're dying of spetrox poisoning.
-->'''Salateen:''' Oh I'm sorry, you probably can't see the funny side of it.
* EvilVersusEvil: 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.
* FamousLastWords: The firing squad
-->'''General Chellak:''' Do you have any last declaration?
-->'''Doctor:''' Nothing special. We're innocent, we've had no trial, we've had no opportunity to defend ourselves; in short, this is a mockery of justice.
-->'''General Chellak:''' Do you have any last declaration?
-->'''Peri:''' [[GetItOverWith Just get on with it]].
* FateWorseThanDeath:
** Sharaz Jek plans to keep Peri with him forever. The Doctor assumes this means it will seem like forever, but Jek means it literally, thanks to his control of the only source of spectrox.
** According to actor Creator/PeterDavison, death would be preferable to turning into Colin Baker. We assume he's joking, given the two actors are friends.
* FindTheCure: The Doctor's half of the plot, from the point when he discovers that he and Peri are dying of spectrox poisoning. Fortunately, there is a cure, it's just very hard to get at.
* FiringInTheAirALot: The soldiers who hear their colleague scream as the monster kills him run back shooting their guns in the air. Given that it's difficult to kill, they may have been hoping to scare it off.
* FloatingAdviceReminder: 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!"''
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Shortly before that, the Doctor notes that it "feels different this time." Perhaps a warning of a regeneration about to go awry and foist upon us the horrors of Six's characterization?
* FutureImperfect
-->'''Morgus:''' As they used to say on Earth, every cloud has a strontium lining.
* GadgeteerGenius: For once, the Doctor's not the only one - Sharaz Jek has his android creations.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Averted; all the soldiers wear mining helmets.
* HeroicSacrifice: The Doctor stumbles and spills half of the antidote as he's about to enter the TARDIS, so he gives it to Peri.
* {{Homage}}: The whole story is one to ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' (apart from that Jek, who's got an obvious [[Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Phantom of the Opera]] thing going on). Androzani is an export platform for a life-extending mineral, currently being feuded over by the head of the mining conglomerate (read: Baron Harkkonen) and President (i.e. Duke Leto).
** On a related note, the color-coded Army uniforms seem to be inspired by ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
* HolographicTerminal: The communicator in Morgus' office, in a creative variation on the usual VideoPhone.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: Jek gives a long rant on the subject, and after Morgus loses all his power and assets Stotz makes a point of reminding him that he's just a man with a gun now.
* HumanShield: Salateen uses Peri as one while shooting at an android; because she's wearing one of the belt buckles that send a signal cancelling the android's kill command.
* HumiliationConga: Morgus loses all his wealth and power during the final episode, in quick succession.
* HypercompetentSidekick: [[spoiler:Subverted with General Chellak's aide Salateen -- the reason he's so efficient and cold-blooded is because he's one of Sharaz Jek's androids.]]
* HypocriticalHumor: The Doctor complains of Jek being a raving egotist, because he claimed the Doctor's mind was almost equal to his own.
* IconicItem: We finally get an explanation for why the Doctor wears a stick of celery.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Sharaz Jek's intentions towards Peri are... not benign. And, although [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar it's not explicitly stated]], this does not go unnoticed by either Peri or the Doctor; in every scene the three characters are in together, [[IWillProtectHer the Doctor makes a point of putting himself between Peri and Jek]].
* IllKillYou: The Doctor isn't impressed -- as he points out to Stotz, he's dying anyway.
* ImmuneToBullets: The Magma Creature isn't fazed by bullets when it attacks the soldiers and the gunrunners (even it can't survive a torrent of superheated mud, however.)
** It wasn't killed by the mud, it lives in the magma.
** Except that the Doctor comes across its body.
* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: [[CoolGun Ingrams]] InSpace!
* InfraredXrayCamera: Salateen hides Peri in the general's private quarters while the general talks to his android replicant. Unfortunately the android can see through walls.
* InstantDeathBullet: Mostly played straight but averted by Sharaz Jek, who survives on determination long enough to settle Morgus before succumbing to his injures.
* InTheHood: The Doctor and Peri have their faces covered by the Red Cloth before execution. [[spoiler:As a result, only one man realises they've just shot two android replicants, and he's quickly reassigned to a dangerous mission by the General to cover for this cock-up.]]
* ItsTheOnlyWay: The Doctor has an idea that Jek's android guards won't kill anything that's not human. He tests this theory by ''opening the door and waiting to see if they shoot him''.
* IWasQuiteTheLooker: PlayedForDrama with Jek, who goes into various HowTheMightyHaveFallen rants.
* IWillProtectHer: This is essentially the Doctor's key motivation for the bulk of the story -- he's not interested in the civil war or the smuggling or whatever, he just wants to get Peri cured, [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty out of Sharaz Jek's hands]] and off the planet ASAP.
* InstantSedation: Used by Sharaz Jek when he abducts Peri from Chellak's quarters.
* KangarooCourt: The Doctor and Peri don't even get that. Once Morgus confirms the 'captured gunrunners' are not Stotz and his gang, he orders them shot. When General Chellak protests that they could provide valuable information, Morgus overrules him.
* KillEmAll: Literally, only two characters survive this story - Peri and a single secondary character. The android copy of Salateen may have survived as well, although it's debatable whether it counts. At least the Doctor [[TheNthDoctor could get better]].
** There's also the man Morgus sends out to sabotage something, who's never seen again, though knowing Morgus he was probably killed to tie up loose ends. The [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations novelisation]] does indeed make a point of having Morgus make an order to have that guy taken care of.
** Even the random monster is dead by the end.
* LuredIntoATrap: Jek isn't bothered when Salateen escapes with the device that tells the androids not to fire on him, as he simply programs his remaining devices to work on a different frequency. Unfortunately Salateen also knows the location of his base, and the army overwhelms his androids by sheer force of numbers.
* TheMadHatter:
-->'''Sharaz Jek:''' You think I'm mad?\\
'''Peri:''' N-n-no.\\
'''Sharaz Jek:''' I ''am'' mad.
* MadScientist: Jek -- even his enemies acknowledge the brilliance of his androids.
* MagicAntidote: Peri goes from death's door to practically back to normal within seconds of being given the antidote.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: ''Everyone shown onscreen'' in the serial dies ([[TheNthDoctor The Doctor]], [[GoodThingYouCanHeal of course, gets better]]) with the exception of Peri and Morgus' secretary. They are, not coincidentally, the two only female characters in the serial.
* PeopleInRubberSuits: The ridiculously fake monster, which as usual is [[SpecialEffectsFailure overlit instead of being kept in shadow]].
* MaleGaze: The Doctor's moving death scene is [[DistractedByTheSexy somewhat undermined by the excellent view the audience have]] of Peri's cleavage.
* MiscarriageOfJustice: The Doctor and Peri are found standing among a stash of weaponry being smuggled to Sharaz Jek, so are hastily sentenced to death by firing squad. Chellak acknowledges they may be innocent, but has to carry out his orders.
* MistakenForSpies: The Doctor's unexplained presence on Androzani Minor leads Morgus to assume he's a spy for the President, leading to several fatal mistakes on Morgus' part.
* NobleDemon: Sharaz Jek treats his prisoners like guests and doesn't do harm to people who haven't wronged him first.
* NoBloodForPhlebotinum: The conflict over spectrox, "the most valuable substance in the universe".
* NoSeatBelts: Averted with the Doctor's crashlanding, enabling him to recover and flee before Stotz and his men can get to their feet.
* NotQuiteDead
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Averted. Sharaz used to be a doctor, before everything that happened to him.
* NothingIsScarier: YMMV, but Sharaz Jek's scarred face is significantly more horrifying when we only see people's reaction to it. Unfortunately we do get a direct look in the end.
* OurGraphicsWillSuckInTheFuture: The graphics for Sharaz Jek's computer are generated by a BBC Micro.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Sharaz Jek starts showing a better side to his nature when Peri enters the final stage of her illness, nursing her and offering the Doctor as much help as he can to obtain the cure. He's dead by the end of the episode.
* RedShirt: The army troopers. Their uniforms are even coloured like Star Trek -- Yellow for the General, blue for his aide, red for the enlisted men.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Jek's robotic doubles are amazingly articulate when it comes to expressing emotions. The only real give away is that they don't blink as much as a human would
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Sharaz Jek has started the whole war simply to get revenge on Morgus.
* SecretUndergroundPassage: Jek has secret passages to the cells where Chellak is holding Peri and the Doctor. Justified as he used to own the place (it's a former spectrox refinery which the army took on their first assault; presumably Jek installed the hidden cameras and tunnels in advance so he'd know everything the army was up to).
* SecurityCling: Peri throws herself into the Doctor's arms with a terrified squeal in response to Jek SuddenlyShouting.
* SightedGunsAreLowTech / KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Lots of shooting modified Ingrams and Sten guns from the hip.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The Doctor's role in the story is limited to attempting to get him and Peri out alive. His mere presence, however, inadvertently causes the entire messed-up Androzani society to implode. The Doctor brings down a corrupt government and ends a bloody civil war ''by accident''.
* SherlockScan: The Doctor analyses the markings on the planet's surface and concludes that an interplanetary spacecraft landed to unload some cargo.
* ShotAtDawn: Death under the Red Cloth (not that they bother waiting til dawn, being underground).
* SinisterSurveillance: Jek first spies Peri via the cameras he's got hidden in General Chellak's headquarters.
* SpiceOfLife: Spectrox
* StalkerWithACrush: Sharaz Jek, sorta, without the Stalking bit, technically.
** However he plans on keeping Peri there and sends androids to bring her back.
* UriahGambit: Ensign Cas is sent on a deep penetration mission [[spoiler:as the only witness to Chellak cocking up the execution of the Doctor and Peri. "Very few return."]]
* WarForFunAndProfit: The war keeps the price of spectrox up, and Morgus can access the only source by secretly selling guns to Sharez Jek, who is unaware of his participation.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Doctor and Sharaz Jek both qualify.
* TheXOfY
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Morgus tried to kill Sharez Jek by sabotaging his mud burst detectors rather than share the profits with him. He plans to steal the spectrox supply with the help of Stotz, who says his mooks will also expect a cut. Morgus acknowledges that the mooks can carry more out, leaving more to be split "between us". Stotz adds, "You mean...us."
* ZergRush: Even though he leads the army into a trap, Sharaz Jek is overwhelmed by sheer weight of numbers.
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