The Happiness Patrol
 

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Starring: Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred
By:Graeme Curry
Rating:   5.1  (49 votes)  Vote here
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Editions:  UK UK (VHS) | US US (VHS) | Australia Australia (VHS)

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Edition: UK UK (VHS)
Released:  August 1997
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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"Have a nice death!"

The Doctor has heard stories of strange and sinister goings-on on the Earth colony of Terra Alpha. Citizens have disappeared without trace, and strange creatures lurk in the pipes and sewers under the capital city. Believing it is high time someone got to the bottom of the mystery, the Doctor declares to his young companion Ace that tonight will be the night...

He discovers that Terra Alpha is ruled by the tyrannical Helen A, a dictator who requires her subjects to be happy... or die. Her roving death squads — the Happiness Patrol — are empowered to kill on sight anyone displaying signs of sadness, gloom or melancholy.

However, it is not just the sadistic Happiness Patrol that the Doctor and Ace must contend with. Before they can discover the dark secret of Helen A's regime, they must face the fearsome bloodlust of her savage pet, Fifi, and the lethal surprises cooked up by her chief executioner — and confectioner supreme — the Kandy Man...

Originally transmitted 2nd - 16th November 1988, this clever and satirical three-part adventure formed part of Doctor Who's 25th Anniversary season.

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Edition: US US (VHS)
Released:  March 1998
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Strange creatures and bizarre occurrences terrorize the inhabitants of the Earth colony of Terra Alpha. When the Doctor arrives to investigate he discovers a tyrannical ruler, Helen A, who requires her subjects to be happy — or be executed. A sadistic death squad enforces her edict. Before the Doctor can discover the dark secret behind her malevolent regime, he must face fearsome threats from the most unlikely sources: The dictator's savage pet, Fifi, and her chief confectioner, the Kandy Man. One of the highlight productions of the 25th anniversary season, this episode is among the Doctor's most intriguing and satirical adventures.

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Edition: Australia Australia (VHS)
Released:  May 1998
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Same as UK edition.


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