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[[caption-width-right:350:The TARDIS crew taking a nap in the midst of the action.]]
-> ''You'll have tae eat more porridge.''
-->-- '''Jamie''' to Zoe, as she fails to open a door

The one with a space hick.

The TARDIS lands on a space beacon just before it is attacked by the titular Space Pirates. They blow off a chunk of the beacon with the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe (but not the TARDIS) aboard, and tow it off to be salvaged.

There is a fight between the pirates and the Interstellar Space Corps, who believe the pirates' leader is an eccentric explorer called Milo Clancey, while in fact it is a man called Caven. Caven is assisted by Madeleine Issigri, daughter of his partner Dom, who he has double-crossed and keeps prisoner. When Madeleine discovers this, she shops Caven to the ISC and the exonerated Clancy gives them a lift back to the TARDIS.

With the exception of episode 2, this entire story is missing from the BBC archives. Thankfully, these are the last missing episodes. Everything beyond this point exists, though not always in the originally recorded format.

* AsYouKnow: Early in the first episode, the SpaceNavy officer announces his theory that the pirates are after "Argonite," which wouldn't be quite so {{egregious}}, until he adds, "the most valuable mineral known to man."
%%* ClearMyName
* DeadpanSnarker: The Doctor, when Jamie is revealed to still be alive.
--> '''Jamie:''' Anything's possible in the TARDIS, especially when he's at the controls.
--> '''The Doctor:''' [[UnwantedAssistance Jamie.]] [[FlatJoy You're better.]]
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: A potentially MoodWhiplash-inducing one, given that the Doctor was desperately defusing a bomb less than two minutes earlier.
--> '''Doctor:''' Well, [the TARDIS is] no problem. It's orbiting Lobos, Milo's home planet, in one of the beacon sections.\\
'''Zoe:''' Oh, no problem, eh? Well, how are we going to get to it?\\
'''Doctor:''' Milo's very kindly offered to give us a lift in [[TheAllegedCar the LIZ]]!\\
'''Jamie:''' Oh, no. Not the LIZ again. Frankly, I'd rather walk.\\
'''Doctor:''' Walk? You never know. You might have to.\\
'''Everyone:''' ''[Uproarious laughter]''
* GenreRefugee: Milo Clancey is a Gold Rush {{prospector}} [[SpaceWestern in a hard sci-fi story]]. This was done mostly for TwilightOfTheOldWest symbolism.
* MacGuffin: The Argonite that everyone's after. It's stated early on the be "the most valuable mineral known to man", which is about the end of its meaningful role in the plot.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: The name would suggest that it's just [[SpacePirates Pirates]] InSpace The introduction of Clancey quickly turns it into a strange blend of SpacePirates in a SpaceWestern.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Doctor's attempt to link segments up backfires spectacularly.
%%* NotWhatItLooksLike
* OfficerAndAGentleman: General Hermack. Unfortunately, he also spends most of the story being a complete idiot.
* OneWomanWail: Used throughout the soundtrack to evoke the vastness of space.
* {{Prospector}}: Milo might live on another planet in the distant future, but he doesn't let that stop him from living this trope to the fullest.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Averted. Creator/RobertHolmes goes to great pains to establish that travel through space takes a good deal of time.
* SeriesContinuityError: Zoe [[LostCommonKnowledge doesn't know what candles are]], though she recognised them in "The Mind Robber".
* SleepCute: The Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe do a [[OneTrueThreesome three-way]] version of this. [[HoYay Jamie and Two are getting particularly cozy with each other]]. They're not asleep, though, they're almost passing out from oxygen deprivation. It's still cute. (See the page image).
%%* SpaceIsAnOcean
%%* SpaceNavy: The Interstellar Space Corps
%%* SpacePirates ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Obviously]])
* SpaceWestern: If you think of the titular pirates as actually being a gang of outlaws, suddenly the fact one of the main characters is a grizzled old prospector makes a lot more sense. And if his plaid shirt and over-the-top facial hair didn't make it clear enough, the SpaceNavy officer and his XO have a conversation in the second episode that seals the deal, about similar "old-timers" who ran wild in the early years of space travel, and now resent the advent of law in space.
* UsedFuture: Milo's rickety old ship, LIZ-79. The other ships are new and shiny, though.
%%* WhoWearsShortShorts: Zoe.