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4.0 out of 5 stars Vengeance is mine, saith Sil, 12 April 2011
This review is from: Doctor Who - Vengeance on Varos [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
Best remembered for introducing the abhorrent gastropod-esque alien Sil, and for its 'gratuitous violence' [sic] getting Mary Whitehouse in a lather, this mid-80s serial saw Colin Baker at his peak as the Sixth Doctor - playing his bombastic and witty version of the Time Lord with aplomb, and even pushing a villain into a vat of acid; superb!
The serial also features a pre-Robin of Sherwood Jason Connery as heroic rebel Jondar, and acclaimed thesp and 80s TV stalwart Martin Jarvis as the hapless Governor, constantly undermined by the insidious Sil and treacherous security officer Quillam.
The story reminds me in places of a Graham Williams produced late 70s fare such as Doctor Who - the Sunmakers [VHS], with its satirical undertones and bureaucratic shenanigans, and it is well produced and enjoyable overall.
Extras are thin compared to more recent releases but include an enlightening commentary featuring Nabil Shaban - the actor who played Sil, Baker and Nicola Bryant (Peri) although the latter is pretty quiet throughout, plus a behind-the-scenes mini-feature, outtakes, and a photo gallery.
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