The Caves of Androzani

On the barren planet of Androzani Minor, the Doctor and Peri meet the sinister renegade scientist Sharaz Jek

General Chellak and his men from the neighbouring planet of Androzani Major are hunting the renegade through the caves because he has control of Spectrox, a life giving elixir prepared from poisonous bat guano. Jek wants revenge against Morgus, the chariman of the Sirius Corporation and his former partner. He meets with gun runners not knowing that they are in the secret employ of Morgus and that his hideaway is compromised.

Held by Jek and his androids, the Doctor discovers that both he and Peri have been poisoned by raw Spectrox. Jek has fallen in love with Peri and when he realises she will die he allows the Doctor to go in search of the bat milk antidote.

Morgus infiltrates Jek’s HQ and they fiight to the death. General Chellak is trapped in the caves when a mud burst explodes. The Doctor returns to a scene of devastation and carries Peri back to the TARDIS. He only has enough bat milk to save her from Spectrox Toxoemia. As she slowly recovers the Doctor collapses...

Story background: 1984. Written by Robert Holmes, produced by John Nathan-Turner. Notable for: The last story of the Peter Davison era.

Illustration: 2010 Daryl Joyce. Gouache and Paint Shop. 42cm x 28cm

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