Doctor Who: The Leisure Hive (UK Shop)

Starring Tom Baker and Lalla Ward

Directed by: Lovett Bickford
Produced by: John Nathan-Turner
Written by: David Fisher


The Doctor (Tom Baker) and Romana (Lalla Ward) visit the Leisure Hive on the planet Argolis, the surface of which is uninhabitable following a twenty minute nuclear war between the Argolins and their enemies, the Foamsi. The Argolins themselves are now sterile. Pangol, the youngest, was created by the Tachyon Recreation Generator, a machine that runs games in the Hive.

He now secretly plans to use the Generator, modified by an Earth scientist named Hardin, to recreate himself many times over, forming an army of duplicates to destroy the Foamsi. Pangol’s mother Mena, the controller of the Hive, is meanwhile coming under pressure from a supposedly human finanacier, Brock, to sell it to the Foamasi. Foamasi agents from their planet’s government arrive and expose Brock and his assistant Klout as members of a renegade Foamasi group called the West Lodge. The Doctor then reconfigures the Generator equipment using components from the randomiser device previously linked to the TARDIS’s navigation circuits, and Pangol’s plan is foiled as he rejuvenates into a babe in arms. Starring Tom Baker as the Doctor.


  • Audio commentary by actor Lalla Ward, director Lovett Bickford and script editor Christopher H. Bidmead
  • A New Beginning – A look at the radical changes made to Doctor Who by incoming producer John Nathan-Turner
  • From Avalon to Argolis – David Fisher and Christopher H. Bidmead recall the writing of this story
  • Synthesizing Starfields – Graphic designer Sid Sutton and composer Peter Howell recall the creation of the new title sequence and theme music
  • Leisure Wear Costume designer June Hudson talks about her work
  • Blue Peter – A look around the Longleat Doctor Who exhibition with John Nathan-Turner
  • Music-only Option
  • Optional Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Mix
  • Photo Gallery
  • Production Note Option
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality

Product Information

Release date: 05/07/2004
Format: DVD Pal
BBC product reference number: bbcdvd1351
Contains: 1 disc
Duration: 1 hour 27 minutes
Region: 2 (Europe, Japan, South Africa, Middle East (including Egypt)
Subtitles: English