Doctor Who: Season 22, Episode 4

Vengeance on Varos: Part Two (26 Jan. 1985)

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The Governor forces the Doctor to tell him the true value of zeiton-7 but Sil attempts to derail his plans by subjecting Peri and Areta to an enforced mutation.



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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 statmanjeff

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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 »


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Decent Doctor Who story.

Doctor Who: Vengeance of Varos: Part 2 starts as the Doctor (Colin Baker) seemingly returns from the dead because he wasn't dead in the first place, he then sets about finding Peri (Nicola Bryant) & getting to the bottom of what's happening on Varos. He tries to convince the governor (Martin Jarvis) that Sil (Nabil Shaban) is trying to cheat him & his people, meanwhile Sil has set his plans to take control of Varos & it's precious mineral Zeiton 7 in motion. It's up to the Doctor to stop him & restore peace & freedom to Varos for the first time in generations...

This Doctor Who adventures was episode 4 from season 22 that aired here in the UK during early 1985, directed by Ron Jones I thought Vengeance on Varos was an OK story but nothing special. The script by Philip Martin has a certain parallel about a TV controlled state where the corrupt Government uses it to manipulate the people, I suppose you could make a few tenuous links to reality with that premise but for the most part this is basically total nonsense & I'm not even sure it's that much fun. This was the time when Doctor Who changed formats & went from the traditional 4 or 6 episodes that were 25 to 30 minutes long & was replaced with 2 episodes of about 45 minutes, this worked really well with the previous story Attack of the Cybermen & it's OK here but the story isn't great & it seemed to drag at times. A decent enough story but not a classic one.

Technically Vengeance on Varos has been pretty good, I didn't like the sets that much & the bland military type costumes were forgettable. Sil the worm like alien looks good but he doesn't actually have much to do, this one hasn't really gone for scares & at times it's felt like the Doctor was appearing on some game-show as he tries to defeat & overcome the various traps. The sixth Doctor so far in his third story seems a bit uncaring, he's thrown a couple of guards into an acid bath, set a trap where a guard was vapourised by a laser & at the end he sets another trap which kills all the bad guys in a way which you wouldn't have expected & feels a bit cold. There is also a ridiculously silly looking scene even by Doctor Who standards when the Doctor is attacked by a couple of grunting cannibals who look like they are in their 60's & appear to be wearing over-sized nappies, I kid you not. The acting was alright although Jarvis was really pretty flat, Peri is as attractive as usual.

Vegeance on Varos is watchable enough & will pass an hour an a half painlessly enough but I personally didn't think it was much better than average.

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