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The Happiness Patrol
Doctor Who, episode 153 (25.2)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:43:22
On a planet where happiness is compulsory, the Kandyman makes sweets that kill.
The TARDIS arrives on the planet Terra Alpha where the Doctor and Ace discover a society in which sadness is against the law - a law enforced with considerable zeal by the brightly uniformed Happiness Patrol. The planet is ruled over by Helen A with the aid of her companion Joseph C and her carnivorous pet Stigorax named Fifi.
The penalty for those found guilty of unhappiness is death in a stream of molten candy prepared by Helen A's executioner, the robotic Kandyman, and his associate Gilbert M. The time travellers help to foment rebellion amongst the downtrodden population and the subterranean Pipe People - the planet's original inhabitants - and Helen A is overthrown.
Joseph C and Gilbert M escape in a shuttle, while the Kandyman is destroyed and Fifi killed. Helen A finally realises that happiness is nothing without the contrast of sadness.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:53:08
The Happiness Patrol is, on the face of it, a colourful fantasy with a simple moral. As the Doctor puts it in Part Three:: 'Happiness is nothing unless it exists side by side with sadness.' The scenario is in some ways similar to that of season four's The Macra Terror; both stories involve a human colony where the inhabitants are expected to be contented and cheery at all times - or else. However, whereas in The Macra Terror the penalty for dissent was brainwashing, or possibly being sent to...
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