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Doctor Who - Vengeance on Varos VHS


4.4 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

Product details

  • Format: Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • VHS Release Date: July 19, 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004WG8L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,852 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

One of the most popular of Colin (the sixth Doctor) Baker's adventures, "Vengeance on Varos" finds the Doctor and Peri (Nicola Bryant) involved with rebels on a 1984-like planet, Varos, where televised torture is used to support and enforce the ruling regime. When first broadcast, the episode aroused condemnation over the violence shown--particularly two men falling into a vat of acid--as well as the implied horror and moral corruption. However, these complaints missed the satiric subtext of a world in which reality-TV suffering pacifies the masses while big business exploits them. While there is too much running about in corridors, the surreal terrors of the Punishment Dome make for good Doctor Who, and the adventure develops ideas from both "The Sun Makers" (1977) and "The Caves of Androzani" (1984) with considerable low-budget aplomb. Filled with bizarre touches, such as Peri's transformation into a bird creature, the show also marked Jason Connery's TV debut as a rebel leader. --Gary S. Dalkin

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