Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) penned this episode in which the Doctor and Romana seek the second segment of the Key to Time on a parasitic planet.
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy scribe Douglas Adams made his scriptwriting debut for Doctor Who with this 16th-season episode, the second in the "Key to Time" story arc, and a delight for fans of the series and Adams's work. Tom Baker's Doctor and companion Romana (Mary Tamm), in pursuit of the second segment of the Key to Time, accidentally land on the planet Zanak, which has been cored out and converted into a ship with which to plunder the mineral resources of other neighboring planets. The Doctor and Romana must outwit the Captain, the planet's half-human, half-metal ruler, in order to retrieve the segment, which is concealed in the shriveled husk of a conquered planet. Adams's wry humor (well delivered by Baker and Tamm) and imaginative flourishes help buoy this episode, though Who aficionados that dislike the series' humorous efforts may not appreciate the serial's overall light tone. Fans of the Hitchhiker series will note several references to elements from that series (Adams was writing a radio adaptation of Hitchhiker's Guide at the same time he wrote this episode) woven throughout the script. --Paul GaitaSee all Product Description
I love the Tom Baker Dr. Who, but not all episodes are equally good. This series is one of the better ones -- not unexpectedly, since Douglas Adams wrote it. Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by M. C. Crammer
The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy writer, Douglass Adams, wrote this, the 2nd story in the "Key to Time" adventures. Read morePublished on June 4 2003 by Kindle Customer
I must admit that I gave up on "The Hitchiker's Guide ..." after about 20 pages and hated the TV series (though the BBC radio special has its moments), which looked... Read morePublished on Dec 1 2001 by S. Nyland
The second story of the Key To Time series, The Pirate Planet, is a winner just like its predecessor, The Ribos Operation. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2001 by Daniel J. Hamlow
THE PIRATE PLANET starring Tom Baker, Mary Tamm and Bruce Purchase is a classic story. The real actor in this adventure that made a classic, was actor Bruce Purchase who did a... Read morePublished on July 10 2001 by DanrWilliamson
Someone said this was the end of Tom's classic stories, I think it was the beginning(after Ribos). These are not only the funniest Dr. Who's ever but the most intriguing. Read morePublished on June 27 2001 by Black Cat de La Bear