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This a four-part serial, first broadcast on 8th - 16th March 1984. A brief and somewhat spoiler-ish summary of the plot: after landing on Androzani Minor the Doctor and Peri find themselves caught between warring factions who tend to shoot first and ask questions later. All of that becomes unimportant, however, when the Doctor finds out that he and Peri have caught a lethal disease, and that only he can save his young friend's life.
This is, basically, a story about what people want.
The Doctor wants Peri to live. That's it. Peter Davison and writer Robert Holmes show us a man who is haunted by the evil he's seen and the people he's lost, and who is desperate not to have this one more death on his conscience.
Sharaz Jek, one of the two villains of the piece, wants revenge on his archenemy Morgus, and sees the pile of the precious compound spectrox that he's sitting on only as a means to this end. Or rather, he wants his own suffering to end and believes that his revenge on Morgus will achieve that. When he first sees Peri and the Doctor, he wants them to remain with him as his prisoners in order to find relief from his pain and loneliness. As his journey progresses he is willing to let the Doctor go so that Peri can be saved, and in the end he only wants to die.
Everyone else just wants the spectrox, and the money and power that it gives them access to. Although Morgus realises that he has to get past Sharaz Jek to get to the spectrox, he doesn't care. His need is simply too great.
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