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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, excellent monster and an above average DVD, 11 April 2002
This review is from: Doctor Who - Vengeance on Varos [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
Colin Baker's Doctor really comes into his own here. Playing against a really evil villain brings out the best in Colin's acting and livens up this script no end. Nabil Shaban as Sil clearly takes great joy in playing the character and makes him evil, memorable, and yet humorous at the same time. Ably supported by Martin Jarvis as a baddie who isn't really bad, plus Quillam and The Chief, the story is a bit over-populated and perhaps these latter two characters could have been combined into one. The story is one of the better 1980s stories, with a great deal of thought going into the principles behind it. Basically, the Doctor and Peri enter a world where the two main exports are live-action video nasties and Zeiton Ore. Evil alien Sil is trying to extort the Zeiton from Varos at rock bottom prices since the inhabitants don't know the real value. Although made in 1984, as Colin Baker remarks in the commentary, this is years ahead of its time as the real-life elimination games and viewers' voting systems were prescient of Big Brother and its clones. The DVD features a decent commentary from the literate Baker, entertaining Shaban and gorgeous Nicola Bryant (who played Peri). The other extras are from limited material and feature trailers, outtakes and that's really about it. At least they tried.
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