- Ham and Cheese: Patrick Troughton spends a lot of the rather convoluted story in which he has virtually nothing to do hamming it up as much as he can get away with. This involves a lot of Took the Bad Film Seriously, as he plays his scene where he nearly kills everyone perfectly and terrifyingly straight, but also involves him extending his vowels as far as he can while trying to look clever in front of Zoe.
- Narm: Milo Clancey and his cheesy American accent.
- Padding: It's pretty obvious that this wasn't supposed to be a six-parter.
- Took the Bad Film Seriously: In a story voted the least popular Patrick Troughton story in the 2014 DWM poll, a story rushed out during a period of Troubled Production when the show was almost cancelled, and a story where the Doctor is mostly playing Pinball Protagonist and has very little screentime while various more dynamic guest characters carry the plot - Troughton's performance of the scene where he realises he's made a mistake and has trapped himself and his companions on board a fragment of space debris with rapidly depleting oxygen and hundreds of miles of open space between it and the TARDIS is absolutely heartwrenching, and a rare example of the Second Doctor ever being completely serious.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: The serial boasts some impressive model work.
- The Woobie: Madeleine Issigri, and her father Dom as well. Caven, the pirate leader, has long since coerced her into becoming an accomplice by the time of the story. Then it is revealed that he's had Dom imprisoned in his own mine since she was a little girl.
YMMV / Doctor Who S6 E6 "The Space Pirates"