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  • Actors: Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Stephen Yardley, Nabil Shaban
  • Directors: Ron Jones
  • Writers: Philip Martin
  • Producers: John Nathan-Turner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008D1Q1XI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,971 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Doctor Who: Ep. 139 - Vengeance on Varos Special Edition (DVD)


A funny thing happens to the good Doctor and Peri and TARDIS as they are cruising along through outer space mostly minding their own business. In the special edition of Vengeance on Varos (story 139, which aired originally in 1985), the trusty TARDIS just stalls out and is floating loose in space. The nearest planet is Varos, which happens to be a source of the mineral needed to get the ship moving again. But the tense visit to Varos is one of the most unsettling of the mid-series Doctor Who stories. Varos is plagued by a severe food shortage, and if any planet resident tries to rebel against the evil Chief Officer, that rebel is tortured on live TV broadcast into every resident's home (something of a presaging of The Hunger Games). The Doctor, played by fan favorite Colin Baker, and Peri (Nicola Bryant) try to navigate the hateful place that Varos is, get their hands on some precious minerals to reboot their ship, and perhaps help some of the planet's residents overthrow the evil Chief Officer. Another monkey wrench: The evil Sil (Nabil Shaban), who's in cahoots with the repressive government, is trying to wrest control of the valuable mineral native to Varos. It's a terrifically written story, and the acting is top-notch, especially by Shaban, who's hulking and rather reptilian.

The extras included in this special edition are smashing. The audio commentary featuring actors Baker, Bryant, and Shaban alone would be worth the price of the set. There's also a fantastic making-of featurette with every detail the most rabid Doctor Who fan might want, plus deleted scenes, interviews with Baker, behind-the-scenes tidbits, galleries, and much more. Long live the great Doctor. --A.T. Hurley

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Great suspense and action.
Rick Lundeen
It will have 2 discs and digitally remastered picture and mono sound quality.
Happy Reader
It has well above average costumes sets and special effects.
Matthew D. Cornelius

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Happy Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2012
Format: DVD
The TARDIS is having big problems, and the Doctor's attempts to fix it are making it worse. He's managed to set a couple electrical fires, and even burned Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown's supper. Then the TARDIS stalls, just like a car, in the middle of deep space (does deep space have a middle?).

In the meanwhile, we're seeing the disturbing happenings on the planet of Varos. First we see it through the eyes of Arak and Etta. In their cell-like living room, they complain about the food shortages and watch a big screen live broadcast of the torture of a rebel. These broadcasts are what passes for entertainment for them now. Just like in late ancient Rome, where the gladiatorial games helped keep the populace happy in spite of food shortages.

From a different viewpoint, we see the machinations behind the scene, and they are ugly. The Varos Governor (played with stoic integrity by Martin Jarvis) is in negotiations with Sil, the Mentor representative of Galatron Mining Corporation. The Corporation mines the metal Zeiton-7 on Varos. An almost worthless ore, Sil reminds the Governor, and they are doing Varos a favor to even bother at all. But the Governor holds out for a higher price.

Unfortunately for the Governor, his boss, the Chief Officer, is in cahoots with Sil. The Chief Officer sets a mandatory vote for that night. Is the Governor correct in holding out for a higher price? Every Varosian must vote by pressing one of two colored buttons on the wall next to their TV. When the Governor loses the vote, the whole planet watches him tortured in the Human Cell Disintegration Bombardment machine (HCDB).

Back to the Doctor (Colin Baker) where he tells Peri he's figured out what's wrong with the TARDIS.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sean Brady on October 28, 2003
Format: DVD
The sixth Doctor era is one that is often criticised by Doctor Who fans, and this criticism is justified in my opinion. The majority of the stories starring Colin Baker ranged from mediocre to poor, with the exception of Revelation Of The Daleks and this story.
Vengeance On Varos is a story that is more relevant now than it was when it was first broadcast due to the current glut of reality tv shows that clog the airwaves. These two episodes show a populace that gets to vote on government policy through interactive television broadcasts. Rather than a simple yes or no vote, the voting involves torture of the Governor which the population gets to watch. They also get to see public torturing and executions of "terrorists" as part of their daily intake of television "entertainment". This satire of television and government rings all the more true as time goes by.
The sixth Doctor is still rather an unlikeable character here at times, only a few stories into his era which was cut abruptly short when Colin Baker was sacked after his final story, The Trial Of A Time Lord. At the beginning of the story, he is still exhibiting the mood swings seen in his first story which makes it difficult for the audience to be won over by this particular incarnation of the Time Lord. Tom Bakers Doctor was also prone to black moods, but the sixth Doctor comes across at times as a petulant and whiny child. This is not a fault that can be levelled solely at the actor as the character was shaped by the producer, script editor (who was later quite vocal about his dislike of this era of the program) and writers.
The DVD itself is another excellent piece of work from the Restoration Team. The picture and sound are excellent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fontenot VINE VOICE on August 22, 2007
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"Vengeance on Varos" opens up with a couple watching the torture of a young man (Jason Connery). I guess you could say that they are watching the ultimate reality television show. They're on the planet Varos, which just happens to be the only place where the good Doctor (Colin Baker) can find Zeiton-7, a rare mineral that's key to much needed repairs on the Doctor's TARDIS. When the Doctor and Peri (the always lovely Nicola Bryant) arrive, they immediately fall into a big bit of trouble. They free the young man who's being tortured for Varos' viewing pleasure and get tangled up in a bargaining war between the governor of Varos and Sil, a nasty little thing representing a company (or so it seems) that's interested in buying Zeiton-7 at a bargain rate. Of course, the pricing argument is only a cover-up for Sil's true intentions: taking over Varos. In a world where death equals ratings and negative votes prove painful, can the Doctor and Peri free Varos from Sil's dirty plans?

This tale is considered by many to be one of the best Colin Baker storylines. It has a lot of action, a decent amount of gore, and some brilliant one-liners from Baker and Bryant. We get to see Jason Connery, Sean Connery's son, who plays Jandar, a rebel leader trying to overthrow the ancient ruling families of Varos. We also get our first look at Sil (Nabil Shaban), who is quite possibly one of the vilest, funniest enemies the Doctor ever faced. "Water me!" and Shaban's tongue-flicking laughter entrench Sil into your mind long after the story is completed. The rest of the enemies in this tale are some of the best during Doctor #6's run. This tale visits the idea of "reality" TV and just how far it can go. Today, many people argue over having the opportunity to pay-per-view executions.
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