The Space Pirates: Doctor Who: Season 6







The Space Pirates SYNOPSIS:

Space Lane Beacons are being destroyed and the argonite debris stolen by a gang of space pirates lead by Caven. The Tardis lands on beacon Alpha 4 just before the pirates reach it and this is also destroyed but fortunately separates into sealed fragments. The travellers are trapped in one beyond the reach of the Tardis.

They are saved from suffocation by eccentric Milo Clancey. The plundering of the beacons has been noticed by the Earth Space Corps whose commanding officer, General Hermack believes Clancey to be the space pirate ringleader. Clancey and the Tardis crew arrive on Ta, the nearest inhabited world, dominated by the Issigri mining corporation. They manage to track down the space pirates headquarters there.

Caven has planted space beacon evidence on Clancey's current base on a frontier planet to divert the space corps there. On Ta the Doctor and the others find Madelaine Issigri head of the mining corporation and General Hermack's friend is actually in league with the pirates and blames Clancey for her father's murder.

Clancey, the Doctor and his companions are imprisoned by Caven and meet fellow prisoner Dom Issigri, the supposedly dead father of Madelaine. She decides to break off the alliance while the Doctor and the others escape. The general has deduced he has been tricked and heads to ta but may not be in time to prevent Caven from destroying the planet with strategically placed bombs.

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The Space Pirates DETAILS:

Episode Broadcast Run Time Viewership (In Millions)
Part One 8-March-69 24:11 5.8
Part Two 15-March-69 25:02 6.8
Part Three 22-March-69 23:50 6.4
Part Four 29-March-69 22:25 5.8
Part Five 5-Apr-69 24:44 5.5
Part Six 12-Apr-69 24:26 5.3

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The Space Pirates CAST & CREW

The Doctor:
Patrick Troughton(Second Doctor)

Fraser Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)
Wendy Padbury (Zoe Herriot)

Guest Stars:
Gordon Gostelow — Milo Clancey
Lisa Daniely — Madeleine Issigri
Esmond Knight — Dom Issigri
Jack May — General Hermack
Donald Gee — Major Ian Warne
George Layton — Technician Penn
Nick Zaran — Lt Sorba
Anthony Donovan — Space Guard
Dudley Foster — Caven
Brian Peck — Dervish
Steve Peters — Pirate Guard

Production Staff for Serial YY:
Writer - Robert Holmes
Director - Michael Hart
Script editor - Derrick Sherwin
Producer - Peter Bryant

Missing Episodes, 1,3,4,5,6

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What the f*#k was Robert Holmes thinking? How did he even get another gig on Dr. Who after this? (Glad he did) If Enemy Of The World was padding then this single episode was not even that! At least the Enemy Of The World padding had a point, this whole episode rambles on about a stupid old git with a laughable moustache and silly cowboy costume going about his daily routine. Sitting in his cockpit, reading and boiling eggs. This is reality TV 30 years ahead of it's time in deep space!!!

This guy takes video calls from some amateur theatre acting nut job who loves saying the name "Milo Clancy" and prancing around in a silver suit giving orders to a woman wearing a metal wig and his over zealous number 2 whose American accent gives me the number 2's. (Donald Gee again Grob?) This truly is a waste of 30 minutes, there's no Space Pirates and even precious little of the regulars, Maybe two scenes with the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe and they're shockingly short! Just like Zoe's, skimpy tight shorts that she wears with her thigh high boots. Why couldn't we have see more of her in this state??? By the end of episode 2 the Tardis crew have yet to meet any other characters!!!! Plus there's endless shots of bad space ship models that would make Gerry Anderson blush! .05/10. If it was the whole episode of Zoe in the shorts it would get a 9.



There are two really good things you can say about this story. One; its a damn good thing that only one episode exists cos its sooooooooo freaking long and tedious that it makes that shit house amateur theatre radio show "Curtain Up" or "applause Applause or "Give Us The Clap" or whatever its called with that cockhead host sound like a real godsend. This story is all about space travel and - boy - do they show it. In mind numbing detail. All of it. Preparations, blast offs, dockings, and all that slow moving, tedious floating about in-between. In fact, thats what most of the story is all about; floating through space. Christ its dull. And just when you think you've had enough of bobbing about in between planets and stars and intergalactic prospectors you get to experience even MORE floating through space! Its like having an unguided tour through Jill Watson's empty skull. However, it does have that actor in it called Donald Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Yep, that name again; Donald Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. And he's bloody boring too which makes you wonder why he keeps popping up in other Who stories. Geeeeeeeeeeeeeee. So; if having only one surviving episode is one episode surviving is one good thing you can say about this story, what is the other good thing you can say about it?

This :-

That was what Zoe was wearing for the whole story. Check out those thighs. Wouldn't you like to work your way up those and lose yourself in her own planet of Uranus? Enough said.

Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.My score; 10/10 - 5 from the moderator 5/10

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Screen Shots:

The Space Pirates Titles

The Space Pirates the Doctor

The Space Pirates Pirate spaceship

The Space Pirates Zoe and Jamie

The Space Pirates beacon intact

The Space Pirates Madelaine Issigri

The Space Pirates space beacon in pieces

The Space Pirates Milo Clancy

The Space Pirates fixing beacon

The Space Pirates Zoe and Jamie in trouble

The Space Pirates generals command ship

The Space Pirates Major Warne and General

The Space Pirates Zoe and The Doctor

The Space Pirates Major Warne General and Milo Clancy

The Space Pirates no more oxygen

The Space Pirates Major Warne

The Space Pirates Zoe Herriot