Doctor Who - The Pirate Planet Reviews
But either my standards dropped or the serial improved (I like to think the latter) and by the end of the serial it wasn't too bad at all. Still not a patch of other Tom Baker stories like The Hand of Fear or Genesis of the Daleks; but the captain himself is a well designed and interesting character, as are the telepathic natives of the planet.
The production has a real pantomime feel to it, and fans of Doctor Who at it's most camp and over-blown (such as Happiness Patrol from the Sylvester McCoy days) will no doubt enjoy this, and I'm sure it is also much more enjoyable to young kids; which, let's face it, is who Doctor Who is really aimed at after all ha!
A huge improvement on the Ribos Operation, but still not up to Doctor Who at it's best.