214. A Life of Crime
'If Time Heist showed the modern day’s show’s take on Hustle, then this is the 80s show’s Lovejoy... Basically, it’s a riot. What’s not to love?' Outpost Skaro
'An excellent story, fitting into to the Seventh Doctor era well, with an intriguing plot introducing Mel back the TARDIS'. The Host Productions
'This is a fab story, one that really does keep you on your toes as the tone changes so very quickly - it also sets up a potential new villain for the upcoming trilogy and a mystery as to why they have caught up with Mel at all…' 9/10 Planet Mondas
Come to Ricosta! Tropical climate, untouched beaches, fabulous cuisine... and no extradition treaties. The perfect retirement planet for a certain type of 'business person' – such as Ms Melanie Bush, formerly the co-owner of the Iceworld emporium, now on the run from her former criminal associate's criminal associates...
Some other former associates of Ms Bush are abroad in this space Costa del Crime, however. Not long ago, the time and space traveller known as the Doctor arrived here, alongside his sometimes-criminal associate, the reformed juvenile offender Ace. But now the Doctor's gone missing – and Melanie Bush is about to learn that on the planet Ricosta, the wages of sin... are death.
Written By: Matt Fitton
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Bonnie Langford (Mel), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Ginny Holder (Gloria/Secretary), Des McAleer (Lefty Lonnigan), Stephen Hagan (Nathan Later), Harry Myers (Atomon/Sperovore Banker/Steward), John Banks (Mayor/Sperovore Auditor/Sperovore Financer).
Other parts portrayed by members of the cast.
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs