As part of my own anniversary tribute I've been listening to all the official BBC missing episode audios in order (with the exception of The Ice Warriors which I played after The Wheel in Space due to a long story) and so today I finally heard The Space Pirates 6.
I have to say I don't find it the horrible, disgusting puddle of slime that fandom paints it to be. For many of the stories this is only the second time I've heard them, and I think The Space Pirates gets a bi of a bad wrap.
Yes, it's not Troughton's finest story; he's a player on the sideline rather than a main character, the story takes ages to get going and the sole surviving episode doesn't feature any pirates so it's a bit of a misfire.
I enjoyed the atmosphere that the story creates. It was Robert Holmes' second story for Who so he was still finding his feet but you can see the beginnings of his brilliance here. Caven is a good baddie, Milo's comic relief isn't used as much as it should've, Dervish is the one you want to jump on the side of the good guys (and sort of does, towards the end).
Interesting to read the behind the scenes stuff about how all of the main characters scenes for Episode 6 were pre-recorded as they were onto The War Games by then.
Anyway, I've finished my run of 143 episodes since June. Sadly (or should that be happily) its the last time I'll ever listen to The Enemy of the World. It's a brilliant story and I still can't believe it's back!