Never given the chance to film in its entirety in 1979, what was slated to be the penultimate story of Season 17 was left in production limbo until a team of animators, producers, and cast came together to complete and broadcast Douglas Adams’ final Doctor Who script in 2017.
Season 17 had its peaks and valleys, and it’s rather unfortunate that the final story to Douglas Adams’ tenure as story editor (as well as a number of other ‘final moments’) was squarely in the middle of the plains.
With an unusual foray into an intergalactic crime drama rather than a space mystery, Season 17’s fourth story installment leaves us a little unimpressed.
With a bottle of wine, a chicken egg, a clenched fist, and a famous painting of a nonplussed Italian noblewoman, we head to Paris for what is undoubtedly our favorite classic era story. From the ‘we can’t believe it was written this quickly’ backstory, to the snappy and smart Douglas Adams dialogue, to the over-the-top but still delightful performances, we agree that the only thing we’d want to change about it is the duration. We’d want more.
With equal parts psychopathy and sarcasm, we drill into Season 17 with Terry Nation’s final story contribution to Doctor Who, and the full-time arrival of Lalla Ward as Romana.