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The Space Pirates
Doctor Who, episode 49 (6.6)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:29:42
The final frontier is plagued by ruthless space pirates.
The TARDIS materialises in Earth's future on a space beacon just before it is attacked by pirates. The travellers find themselves trapped in a sealed section of the beacon as it is blown apart and flown to where the pirates will plunder it of the precious mineral argonite. They then witness a conflict between the pirates and the Interstella Space Corps, led by General Hermack and Major Warne.
The ISC are convinced that the pirates' mastermind is an innocent yet eccentric space mining pioneer named Milo Clancey, while their true leader is a man named Caven. Caven has a secret base on the planet Ta and is assisted by Madeleine Issigri, daughter of his ex-partner Dom, who - unknown to her - is now his captive.
When Madeleine discovers Caven's full treachery she helps to bring him to justice. The time travellers are given a lift back to the TARDIS by Clancey in his rickety old ship, the LIZ 79.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:48:48
The Space Pirates sees Doctor Who striking out into new territory. Constrained by the lack of any budgetary provision for new monsters, writer Robert Holmes turned instead to the idea of space exploration and came up with the first 'space opera' that the series had ever attempted. In this he was no doubt inspired to a certain degree by Stanley Kubrick's film of Arthur C Clarke's 2001:: A Space Odyssey, which had been released in 1968, and perhaps more particularly by NASA's then current Apollo...
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