Exciting novelisation of a classic 1980 Doctor Who serial The Leisure Hive, featuring the Fourth Doctor – Tom Baker.
The Doctor and Romana 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 …
Read by Lalla Ward, who played Romana in the original TV series.
David Fisher wrote the scripts for four serials of Doctor Who. He first contributed The Stones of Blood and The Androids of Tara during that show’s sixteenth season, and The Creature from the Pit for the seventeenth season. He was also working on a story called “A Gamble with Time,” also for the seventeenth season, but was unable to finish the scripts due to his divorce proceedings from his first wife. That story was reworked and completed by then script editor Douglas Adams and then producer Graham Williams, and was recorded and broadcast as City of Death under the pseudonym of David Agnew. The Leisure Hive was his final Doctor Who story.