Doctor Who: Paradise Towers (1987)

UK, 5 October 1987-26 October 1987
4 episodes, average 25m
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: Time and the Rani (1987)
Next Serial: Delta and the Bannermen (1987)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 24, episode 5-8

A British television science fiction serial directed by Nicholas Mallett from scripts by Stephen Wyatt.

Premise

The Doctor and Mel arrive at the huge leisure facility of Paradise Towers hoping to enjoy the fabulous pool that is said to be found there. But they find the Towers are run-down, the corridors are run by warring girl-gangs (the Kangs) and the elderly residents (the rezzies) have turned to cannibalism. What little order there is is maintained by the Chief Caretaker on behalf of the Great Architect Kroagnon who is trying to kill everyone in the Towers to restore his project’s ‘purity’.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Director: Nicholas Mallett [parts 1-4]
© BBC MCMLXXXVII [1987] [parts 1-4]
Producer: John Nathan-Turner [parts 1-4]
Production Manager: Ian Fraser [parts 1-4]
[Written] By: Stephen Wyatt [parts 1-4]
Script Editor: Andrew Cartmel [parts 1-4]
Lighting Director: Henry Barber [parts 1-4]
Camera Supervisor: Alec Wheal [parts 1-4]
OB Lighting: Ian Dow [part 4]
OB Cameramen: Alastair Mitchell [part 4], David Hunter [part 4]
Technical Co-Ordinator: Richard Wilson [parts 1-4]
Vision Mixer: Shirley Coward [parts 1-4]
Videotape Editor: Hugh Parson [parts 1-4]
Theme Music Composed by: Ron Grainer [parts 1-4]
Theme Arrangement/Incidental Music: Keff McCulloch [parts 1-4]
Sound: Brian Clark [parts 1-4]
OB Sound: Doug Whittaker [part 4]
Special Sound: Dick Mills [parts 1-4]
Costume Designer: Janet Tharby [parts 1-4]
Make-Up Designer: Shaunna Harrison [parts 1-4]
Visual Effects Designer: Simon Taylor [parts 1-4]
Video Effects: Dave Chapman [parts 1-4]
Titles: Gareth Edwards, CAL Video *
Designer: Martin Collins [parts 1-4]
Graphic Designer: Oliver Elmes [parts 1-4]
Production Associate: Ann Faggetter [parts 1-4]
Production Assistant: Frances Graham [parts 1-4]
Assistant Floor Manager: Val McCrimmon [parts 1-4]
Stunt Arranger: Roy Scammel *

Cast
Part One
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor)
Bonnie Langford (Mel Bush)
Richard Briers (chief caretaker)
Clive Merrison (deputy chief caretaker)
Brenda Bruce (Tilda)
Elizabeth Spriggs (Tabby)
Julie Brennon (Fire Escape)
Annabel Yuresha (Bin Liner)
Howard Cooke (Pex)
Catherine Cusack (Blue Kang leader)
Joseph Young (young Caretaker)
Astra Sheridan (yellow Kang)

Part Two
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor)
Bonnie Langford (Mel Bush)
Richard Briers (chief caretaker)
Clive Merrison (deputy chief caretaker)
Brenda Bruce (Tilda)
Elizabeth Spriggs (Tabby)
Judy Cornwell (Maddy)
Howard Cooke (Pex)
Julie Brennon (Fire Escape)
Annabel Yuresha (Bin Liner)
Catherine Cusack (Blue Kang leader)

Part Three
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor)
Bonnie Langford (Mel Bush)
Richard Briers (chief caretaker)
Clive Merrison (deputy chief caretaker)
Brenda Bruce (Tilda)
Elizabeth Spriggs (Tabby)
Judy Cornwell (Maddy)
Howard Cooke (Pex)
Julie Brennon (Fire Escape)
Annabel Yuresha (Bin Liner)
Catherine Cusack (Blue Kang leader)
Simon Coady (video commentator)

Part Four
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor)
Bonnie Langford (Mel Bush)
Richard Briers (chief caretaker)
Clive Merrison (deputy chief caretaker)
Judy Cornwell (Maddy)
Howard Cooke (Pex)
Julie Brennon (Fire Escape)
Annabel Yuresha (Bin Liner)
Catherine Cusack (Blue Kang leader)

Uncredited
Richard Briers [voice of the Great Architect]
Christine Clark, Louise Clifford, Helen Fung, Elizabeth Gardner, Nisha Nayar, Julietta Norde, Jennie Slade, Martha Stylianou, Roberta Wells, Lottie Winter [red Kangs]
Suzanna Crdash, Iona Dean, Tanya Davidson-Jones Harriet Eedle, Leigh Funnell, Heather Mair Thomas, Liz Wood [blue Kangs]
Nancy Adams, Kathleen Bidmead, Shelana Marshal, Muriel Wellesley [rezzies]
Rupert Clive Barrimore, Andrew J Bush, James Carrington, William Perrie, Don Weinstein [caretakers]
Ellie Bertram [double for Mel]

Alternative Titles

Der Fluch des Kroagnon – Germany

Links

See also
High-Rise (2015)
The Parasite Murders (1975)