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Trivia / Doctor Who S18 E1 "The Leisure Hive"

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  • Creator's Pest: John Nathan-Turner hated K9, so Part One opens with him being short-circuited after going in the sea and playing no part in the rest of the story. He'd be gone by the end of the season.
  • Dueling Shows: The serial suffered in the ratings against ITV's import Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
  • Real-Life Relative: The baby Pangol was played by Alys Dyer, whose mother was production unit manager Angela Smith.
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  • Troubled Production: Production of the serial was extremely challenging. Tom Baker and Lalla Ward's tumultuous off-screen relationship was at a nadir, causing the mood on set to be distinctly chilly. Director Lovett Bickford's management of the shoot caused it to go so badly over budget that John Nathan-Turner was severely reprimanded by his superiors. Bickford would never work on the series again.
  • Working Title: The Argolins and Avalon.
  • You Look Familiar: Laurence Payne had previously played Johnny Ringo.

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