Doctor Who – The Sun Makers

Right, it’s back to the Doctor Who DVDs. This one stars Tom Baker as the Doctor and Louise Jameson as Leela. Its first showing was in November and December 1977.

The TARDIS materialises in the moderately far future, where the human race now lives on Pluto, which is made habitable by six suns, provided by “The Company”. This company runs a rather nasty bureaucratic dictatorship, where people are worked to death and taxed to oblivion. All very satirical, and not at all inspired by writer Robert Holmes’s recent run-in with the taxman. It’s alleged by some that the real target of Holmes’s mockery was the management of the BBC…

Anyway, the Doctor and Leela get involved with the usual rough band of rebels, and sort things out with the usual level of corridor running and general fun and games. It’s quite silly in parts, and none the worse for that. Good fun, worth seeing if you haven’t already done so, and worth watching again if you haven’t seen it for a while.

There’s a small selection of extras on this one. The commentary features Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, director Pennant Roberts and guest actor Michael Keating, better known for playing Vila in Blakes 7. Then there’s the usual production subtitles, pictures, a trailer and so on, and:

  • Running from the Tax Man A slight variation on the usual look back, as it also features astronomer Marek Kukula talking about Pluto
  • The Doctor’s Composer – Part Two Dudley Simpson has even more fun talking about the music he created for the show in the 70s.
  • Outakes How many takes does it take to get a prop gun to fire? Lots.

 And that’s your lot.