Paradise Towers is one of the least popular classic Dr Who stories, however it's far more worthy than it's ever given credit for. It's main problem, like an earlier story "Nightmare of Eden", is that it has a clever and intriguing storyline with some very dark themes but these are negated severley by some pantomimish performances and poor and silly production designs. I love the concept of the Tower and it's bizarre residents and it's themes of cannibalistic old ladies, girl gangs, beauractically insane caretakers and murderous robots. The design work of the Tower itself is pretty good with (for once) some dark and moody lighting and a good sense of scale is achieved, you often do feel as if the characters are in an enormous tower block rather than just the usual studio set. Sylvester McCoy is vastly better here than in his debut, toning down the pratfalls and comedy schtick drastically. As I said, there are some rather hammy and pantomimish performances on display (Richard Briers, the deputy chief caretaker and some of the Rezzies) -just imagine how sinister this would be if everyone played it dead straight. The music is a little too strident at times, although on occasion it is quite moody and atmospheric.
For me this story is easily the best of Sylvester McCoy's first season, it's clever, dark, sinister and funny, only really let down by a few "overenthusiastic" performances and a few design faults. Build high for happiness!