The closer the Doctor comes toward gaining the Governor's confidence, the closer Sil's coup with the Chief Officer and the Mentors' extortion of Varos comes to light. Sil's anxious for the Doctor's silence, and to that end the Doctor and Jondar are promptly escorted to the gallows while Peri and Areta are whisked away to Quillam's research center, where a tissue transmogrifier awaits to permanently change them into animals. Written by
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The sequence in which two Varos guards fall into a vat of acid necessitated several retakes, and although 'Ron Jones' (III) was satisfied with the final result, he was aware that it had been taped in a manner that made it appear that the Doctor was directly responsible for the men's demise. In fact, Phillip Martin
had scripted this as an essentially comedic routine and was dismayed by the way in which it was portrayed onscreen. See more
The ways of the ruler are fraught with uncertainty, are they not, Sil?