Tom Baker stars in this, one of the most visually splendid Doctor Who stories, now due for release on DVD in July. The Leisure Hive re-launched Doctor Who in the Eighties with new music, a new title sequence and high production values and features a memorable opening panoramic shot of a cold, wet and windy Brighton Beach.
The Doctor has mis-set the TARDIS co-ordinates once again and instead of a promised visit to the opening of Brighton’s Grand Pavilion, he and his companions Romana (Lalla Ward) and K9 (the voice of John Leeson) have arrived off-season and opt instead to visit one of the burgeoning selection of leisure planets.
They decide on Argolis, a planet blasted decades ago by nuclear war and rebuilt as an unlikely holiday resort where The Leisure Hive attracts visitors from all over the galaxy. However, instead of rest and relaxation, murder and intrigue follow the time travellers as they become embroiled in a lunatic’s plan to restore the Argolin’s proud warrior past.
Written by David Fisher, directed by Lovett Bickford and featuring guest appearances by Laurence Payne, Martin Fisk and David Allister, The Leisure Hive represents Doctor Who at its glossy best and was the first story produced by John Nathan-Turner, who went on to stay with the show for the next ten years.
Audio Commentary by Lalla Ward, director Lovett Bickford and script editor Christopher H. Bidmead.
A New Beginning – documentary on John Nathan - Turner's production style
From Avalon to Argolis – writing The Leisure Hive
Costume Designer June Hudson's Leisure Wear
Synthesizing Starfields - feature on the new opening title sequence and theme music
Blue Peter feature from Doctor Who Longleat exhibition
Newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack
Release date: 5th July 2004
Cat. number: BBCDVD1351