Serial: 7L  Episode Nos. 680, 681, and 682.  Title: The Happiness Patrol

 

On the planet Terra Alpha, the people are forced to be happy on pain of death on the orders of

Helen A.  The Doctor decides to bring down the forces of her regime, from her Kandy Man

executioner to her enforcement squads known as the Happiness Patrol, but can he stop Ace from

disappearing in the Late Show at the Forum?

 

starring Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor and Sophie Aldred as Ace. Written by Graeme Curry,

Produced by John Nathan-Turner, and Directed by Chris Clough.

 

Originally transmitted from 2 November 1988 to 16 November 1988 on BBC1.

DVD Features:

- All 3 episodes of the story digitally remastered and restored.

- Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for the hearing

   impaired.

- Optional commentary track with a rotation of contributors.  They are actors Sophie Aldred,

     director Chris Clough, writer Graeme Curry, script editor Andrew Cartmel, and incidental

     music composer Dominic Glynn. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.

- Information Text subtitles option.  Displays pop-up production trivia throughout the story.

- Happiness Will Prevail.  A 24-minute making-of featurette with interviews with most of

     the commentary contributors, plus actor David John Pope (the Kandy Man).

- Deleted and Extended Scenes.  A 23-minute package of 56 deleted or trimmed scenes

     from throughout the story.

- When Worlds Collide.  A 46-minute featurette about how real world politics influences

     the plots of Doctor Who stories, covering every era in both the classic and new series.

     Features script editors Terrance Dicks and Andrew Cartmel, writers Gareth Roberts,

     Bob Baker, and Graeme Curry, and journalist Steve O'Brien.

- Photo Gallery.  Plays 5 minutes worth of still photos taken during the production.

- Isolated Music Option.  Plays the episodes with only the incidental music track playing.

- Coming Soon trailer for Death to the Daleks. 2 minutes.

- PDF Materials.  Place this disc into a computer and you can have a look at the Radio

  Times billing for this story from 1988.