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One for the fans only,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Vengeance on Varos [DVD]  (DVD)
Vengence on Varos is often sited as a gem in a largely turgid era in Who's history, but to me, this is a mistake and a misunderstanding of what it is that makes Who so great. Whilst Vengance of Varos undoubtedly carries more of a subtext than many stories, this does not alone make it worthy of viewing. What most people tuning into Who want, is entertainment, action, wit and adventure. This story is sadly lacking in pace and dare I say it - "fun".
I think the reason this is often sited as a classic is symptomatic of the video age and its inherant facility to rewatch ad nauseum. Many of the Doctor Who stories from its 30 history are nothing more than well written adventure stories (no shame in that)which were perfect for a superior 25 minute, saturday night family diversion, but which sometimes seem a bit thin on repeated viewing. Anything with even a hint of the coveted "subtext" or "comment on modern society" sends fans into a dither, because it elevates their fun (again, no shame) programme into something which frankly it struggles to acheive.
Not bad, but one for the fans. If you want top quality Colin Baker look no further than Mark of the Rani or Revelation of the Daleks on video, the latter of which I am keenly anticipating on DVD.