|Doctor Who-The Happiness Patrol|
In the episode the Doctor and Ace arrive on a human colony in the future where they find a group of candy stripped people known as the Happiness Patrol. Turns out they are a philosophically contradictory group of shock troops lead by self imposed colony leader Ellen A,who as it turns out is making anyone who doesn't act publicly happy (known here as killjoys) "disappear". With the help of a disgusted Ace,the curious doctor and a blues harp player in the shadows named Earl Sigma they discover this is accomplished by highly toxic confections created by an unusual android known as the Candyman. By pointing people in this society in the direction of their own hypocrisies the doctor,Earl and Ace are able to restore a level of cultural balance to the colony.
Although the character of Ellen A possesses certain personality traits of than current UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher,this story really points a lot more to the concept of joy as more an aspect of free will than a societal directive. The characters are only happy when the hypocrisy of the Happiness Patrol and Ellen A is revealed. There's also the hint that the men of this society are well aware of the enforced emotional classism of the society and are not in approval. McCoy is rousing in this episode,from manipulating his adversaries with his clever wordplay down to playing the spoons with Earl Sigma and at one point singing off key. The spirit of the blues,in playing away ones sorrows is a constant metaphor in the story. There's also an excellent 46 minute bonus where writers and directors of the show debate the sociopolitical messages of Doctor Who as a whole. One of my favorites of the series and one which I see as very underrated and misunderstood.