Whilst this 1987 TV adventure, that sees Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford at a 1950s Welsh holiday camp helping an oppressed princess escape the clutches of a band of greasy killers, isn't the series' high-point, it's still a lot of fun; and some superb DVD extras make this a worthwhile purchase.
With the likes of Ken Dodd appearing in this serial, it's no surprise that it gets a lot of stick; Producer John Nathan-Turner was very accomplished at persuading big TV names to appear in the show during the 1980s (Richard Briers, Stratford Johns, Anton Diffring, Rula Lenska, Kate O'Mara et al); but none of his casting decisions were quite as bizarre as Ken playing an intergalactic toll-keeper who is mercifully obliterated early on in proceedings. That, and the sideburned guy from early 80s acapella troubadours `The Flying Pickets' as a mercenary hired by the eponymous Bannermen, make this story memorable to many; for all the wrong reasons.
Casting shenanigans aside, the actual story is fast-paced and fun, with some great 1950s characters; lots of energetic Rock 'n Roll; and a few hints that this Seventh incarnation of The Doctor isn't all sweetness and light. The much-maligned Bonnie Langford was nearing the end of her tenure on the show, and this serial represents for me, an upturn in the quality of the show that hadn't been seen since the decade began.
DVD extras are pretty good and include: 'Stripped for Action': The story of Doctor Who comics, and 'Clown Court': A study of the Seventh Doctor. There are also the usual production stills, interviews and PDF files, plus an insightful look into the career of actor Hugh Lloyd, who played the enigmatic beekeeper Geronwy.