The Caves of Androzani
Episode / January 29, 2016

Aired 8 – 16 March 1984 Simply put, ‘The Caves of Androzani’ is easily among the very best serials in the classic run of Doctor Who, a perfect encapsulation of the Peter Davison era and a perfect farewell for the Fifth Doctor. Legendary writer Robert Holmes returns to the franchise for the first time since ‘The Power of Kroll,’ incorporating several of the same notions from that tale in a more powerful context as corrupt corporations and gunrunners prominently feature while also elevating the ever-increasing brutality surrounding the Doctor to exquisitely tragic levels. Increasing the number of characters and plotlines had been a technique employed throughout the era in order to provide a semblance of more mature serials, but too often the sheer numbers came at the sacrifice of depth and context. Hastily-written and often-changing motivations with actions that proved either inconsequential or redundant plagued many stories, but Holmes manages to effectively provide consistent strings of motivation to all of his characters here, allowing the story to logically flow from one point to the next without any unneeded twists to provide the impetus for continuation. Everything presented is clear and concise- the president wants to preserve his public image, Sharaz…