Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos (Story 139) (1975)

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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 a1984-like planet, Varos, where televised torture is used to support and enforce the ruling … see full wiki

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Not the best, not the worst.

  • Apr 10, 2003
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I'm not entirely sure why this episode was choosen to be the first Colin Baker DVD. Me, I woulda picked Doctor Who - The Mark of the Rani (Episode 140) or even "The Twin Delima", though only cause that was his first episode. "Trial of a Timelord", fun though it was, would have been a bit much for everyone first time out, I think.

The story is an ok one, more relevant now, perhaps, than it was when it was first aired. The character of Sil is always fun to see, and the other roles were well done as well. There was just a little something missing, and I don't quite know what.

As for the extras on the DVD, well... they could have been better. I was a little disapointed in compairison to the other Doctor Who DVDs I own. The behind the scenes section was a joke, as were the outtakes (hint to the BBC: Pick ones that are funny). The text commentary, normally very informative and verbose, was surprisingly sparse on this episode.

On the plus side, the audio commentary is nicely done, and the trailers are fun to see. And the expanded/deleted scenes were really interesting.
Overall this, as mentioned, isn't the best DVD (which would be Doctor Who - The Aztecs, or the worst (which would be Doctor Who - The Five Doctors (Episode 130)), and is worth the time and money.

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Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos (Story 139) (1975)
Studio: BBC Video / Warner Bros.
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003

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