Team TARDIS and James Bond Jr go full Running Man, battling militarised mobility scooters and diaper zombies
On the former prison planet of Varos, the Varosians have two major exports: Zeiton-7, a precious metal used to fuel space and time ships, and reality TV. Toiling under the sadistic military rule of the governor, the Varosians record every aspect of their horrifying prison world and broadcast it all as televised entertainment. And interestingly, this is a brutal democracy where even the governor can be voted to death on live TV. To add a further layer of political complexity, the government is also somehow at the mercy of a mining corporation imposing unfair trade tariffs for their export of Zeiton-7, and Sil, mentor and local mining rep, has his sights on becoming governor himself.
Meanwhile somewhere and sometime else, the Sixth Doctor and Peri are suffering some technical difficulties with the TARDIS and head to Varos for replacement Zeiton-7. Pretty soon, they’re thrust into a violent uprising against the governor led by a woman with low self-esteem and a man with no acting talent. When they’re not firing lasers or drowning guards in acid, they’re forced to endure hellish torment at the hands of the government or to impose a peaceful and egalitarian society in the last minute of the serial. Needless to say, it’s amazeballs.