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Doctor Who - Vengeance on Varos (Target Books) Paperback – 21 Jan 1988

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Allen & Co. (21 Jan. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426202910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426202912
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,111,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A story featuring the further adventures of the time traveller Dr Who, as he journeys through time and space with a variety of companions. This work is based on the television series of the same title.

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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2014
Format: Paperback
This a review of the novelisation of Vengeance on Varos, by Philip Martin. This story was originally broadcast on tv in Season 22, in 1985. It was the first season of the controversial Sixth Doctor (played by Colin Baker) and the character of the Doctor was often quite abrasive and unsettled during this season of rather offbeat stories. I remember the televised story particularly for the inclusion of Martin Jarvis as the Governor, Jason Connery as Jondar, and the introduction of the character of Sil, a repulsive alien creature. This was the first, but not the last time that the Doctor and Peri were to meet up with Sil.

The Doctor and Peri land on the planet of Varos when the Tardis devlops a fault which requires Zeiton-7 for repairs, which is only available on the one planet in the Cretes constellation. But when they land, they quickly find themselves in the middle of a nightmare, for Varos is a world where sedition and rebellion is squashed brutally and publicly; executions are played out on televised broadcasts, and the Governor remains alive only so long as he pleases the downtrodden people who must rule on his actions. A very strange place, and one where both the Doctor and Peri find themselves in deadly danger more than once.

This is a rather odd story; the novelisation is by Philip Martin who wrote the original story, so it remains true to his vision. Clearly we are meant to be repulsed by the world order on Varos, and the story very much focuses on that world and its culture. But it’s also a good opportunity for both the Doctor and Peri, who are separated for much of the story, to build their own characters, and that’s not a bad thing. An enjoyable read, and a good novelisation of a story which received some criticism for its dark tone (particularly the acid bath sequence).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Snuff video goes global 29 Jan. 2001
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Format: Paperback
The TARDIS is travelling through the vortex when it just stops. The reason? A rare ore (Zeiton-7) essential to time travel has been exhausted and there is none left on board. However, there is just enough energy left for a jump to Varos, one of the few sources of zeiton ore in the universe. But Varos is a former prison colony and some particularly unsavoury practices are still in place, which lead the Doctor and Peri into contact with rebels...
This novel is adapted by the original scripter of one of the best stories of Colin Baker's first full season as the lead in Doctor Who. Like much of that season its has a number of hallmarks which really shouldn't have been allowed to become common - violence, including and especially on the part of the Doctor, and a seeming disregard for pain and suffering.
By the same token, this story introduces some good elements - Sil, one of the few recurrent foes from the Sixth Doctor's period (but given how short it was, that's hardly surprising!) and a fairly post-modern version of a Greek chorus, where minor characters Etta and Arak provide a commentary on the story which is also a critique of TV violence, advertising and other issues.
4.0 out of 5 stars I was surprised! 28 Dec. 2000
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I started out watching Dr. Who at... well, about 10. Maybe I was coming close to being 12 when I saw this one. I also saw maybe half of "Mindwarp"(Trial of a Time Lord). Both had the same enemy, Sil. Since "Mindwarp" wasn't denoted as such, I believed for years that Peri had been killed in " 'Varos".
Over at the bookstore, I had collected almost every book about the first five Doctors. So I (sigh) picked up the sixth Doctor books.
Wow! The tale is fast, but logical. Also, we see two Varosians at home, which shows what kind of quality pubic broadcasts they enjoy. Overal, a very good book that surprised me, mainly when I couln't put it down!
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