Riding air cars across a hollowed-out planet with a monumental secret, we find that despite being named by Douglas Adams, the place isn’t called Magrathea. (Shame.)
With rocks in our pockets, and a fool-proof plan to slip out undetected, we set down to enjoy the arrival of Romanadvoratrelundar in the Season 16 opening story.
Pitting our heroes against not one but two formidable adversaries, we look at the six-part coup d’êtat story that ends not only the 15th classic season, but a very important relationship as well. We discuss the unexpected nature of this “Agnew”-penned season closer, the ever-changing nature of the conflict that helps maintain interest through a six-part story, and the unusual performances of Baker and Jameson, given the timing of the production.
With a slow and steady float down a tunnel of diminishing quality, we reach the core of the penultimate Season 15 story, “Underworld”.
We all conclude that this Season 15 satire by story editor Robert Holmes is one of the gems of the Fourth Doctor era, as humorous as it is scathing.