A robot parrot, condensed planets and another piece of The Key To Time… ish. By the left frontal lobe of the sky demon, what a totally bananas serial this is!
In Douglas Adams’ first Doctor Who serial, The Fourth Doctor and Romana I continue their quest to find all the pieces of the Key to Time and head to the planet Calufrax. When they materialise, however, it seems they are in the right place at the right time but on the wrong planet. Rather than a desolate and cold surface they find the pleasant homestead of a people predisposed to the proffering of precious pebbles.
Capitalist kook and cyborg corsair, The Captain, rules with a literal iron fist and a robot parrot on his shoulder, materialising his hollow planet shell around unsuspecting worlds to mine them for minerals, gemstones and a precious life force. Polly wants a crackpot scheme? You got it, Polly. If only there were a band of marauding telepath monks, and some poorly educated diamond-obsessed yokels to add more bananas to this fresh, cold smoothie of an episode.
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