227. The High Price of Parking
"There are our heroes who do a bang up job, Sophie Aldred, as Ace, in what may be the most spot on Ace since the TV series, Bonnie Langford, as Mel, who really gets to shine on the computer, and, of course, Sylvester McCoy as The Doctor. McCoy constantly and consistently delivers a great job of balancing the Seventh Doctor’s comedy with the drama. There’s nothing missing here. A well-developed story that takes you from A to Z with supporting characters worth following and believing in. This feels like Classic Who but with a New Who upgrade. This is well worth the price of parking. 9/10" Blogtor Who
"I've never experienced a Doctor Who story quite like this one, classic Doctor Who sci-fi with aspects of modern day realism" Host Productions
The planet Dashrah is a world of exceptional beauty. Historical ruins; colourful skies; swirling sunsets…
Unsurprisingly, it’s a major tourist trap. So if you want to visit Dashrah, first you’ll have to visit Parking, the artificial planetoid that Galactic Heritage built next door. Parking, as its name implies, is a spaceship park. A huge spaceship park. A huge, enormous spaceship park.
When the TARDIS materialises in Parking’s Northern Hemisphere, the Doctor, Ace and Mel envisage a quick teleport trip to the surface of Dashrah. But they’ve reckoned without the superzealous Wardens, and their robotic servitors… the sect of the Free Parkers, who wage war against the Wardens… the spontaneously combusting spaceships… and the terrifying secret that lies at the lowest of Parking’s lower levels.
Written By: John Dorney
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Bonnie Langford (Mel Bush), Gabrielle Glaister (Cowley), Hywel Morgan (Kempton/ Tribesman), Kate Duchene (Regina/ Seraphim), Leighton Pugh (Fulton), Jack Monaghan (Dunne/ Selfdrive), James Joyce (Robowardens).
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs