Doctor Who (1963)

Season 25 Episode 5

The Happiness Patrol, Part One

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Nov 02, 1988 on BBC
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The Happiness Patrol, Part One
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The Earth colony Terra Alpha, the future. With the aid of her sweet-natured executioner, Helen A, ruler of the planet, has ensured the population is happy — on pain of death! The Doctor and Ace decide to fight for the right to be miserable.

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    Sheila Hancock

    Sheila Hancock

    Helen A

    Guest Star

    Ronald Fraser

    Ronald Fraser

    Joseph C

    Guest Star

    Georgina Hale

    Georgina Hale

    Daisy K

    Guest Star

    John Normington

    John Normington

    Trevor Sigma

    Recurring Role

    Lesley Dunlop

    Lesley Dunlop

    Susan Q

    Recurring Role

    Cy Town

    Cy Town

    Execution Victim [uncredited]

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Plot Hole: On both occasions when he gives out his card, Silas hands it over with the side reading "Happines Patrol Undercover" turned up. His victims turn it over to see his name, then turn it over again and are surprised to see his title.

      • As the Doctor is repairing the buggy, one of the patrol runs on too soon, realises, and runs back.

      • Patricia Routledge, Prunella Ransome and Rosalind Ayres were amongst those considered for the role of Susan Q.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Ace [ of the Happiness Patrol ]: I want to nail those scumbags. I want to make them very very unhappy.
        The Doctor: Don't worry, Ace. We will.

      • Silas P.: Happiness Patrol, undercover. Time to get really depressed!

      • Helen A.: Did you hear about the killjoy who won an outing with the Happiness Patrol? He was tickled to death!

      • Doctor: Excuse me -
        Priscilla P.: Yes?
        Doctor: - but is this a prison?
        Priscilla P.: A prison? Of course not. This is the Waiting Zone. There aren't any prisons on Terra Alpha. Miserable places.
        Doctor: So there's absolutely no chance whatsoever that this could be a place of incarceration, and we're free to leave at any time?
        Priscilla P.: Well, yes and no. This isn't a prison... but cross that line and you're a dead man.

      • Ace: I'm not Happiness Patrol material anyway. They stand for everything I hate. Like you said, smiling all the time. Smiling when it doesn't mean anything. I'm not one of them.

      • Kandy Man: Welcome to the Kandy Kitchen, gentlemen.

        Doctor: I'm sure the pleasure's all ours.

        Kandy Man: I do hope so. I like my volunteers to die with smiles on their faces.

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