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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise on Varos, 7 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Vengeance on Varos [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
Surprisingly dark, yet fantastic at the same time, who knew a Colin Baker story could be so good?

Actually, I'd been at a loss for a while. I'd been getting what was generally considered the best story (or best two) from each Doctor, on DVD, but I was stuck at one for Colin Baker. No one could settle on one they liked, until a while later I kept hearing 'Vengeance on Varos' was a good one to watch. So, I finally picked it up and I personally say it's up there with all the other greats.

Colin Baker's Doctor isn't dislikable in this story (for once), and instead is relatable and helps out, even given the dire situation. One of the things I loved about this story was that it was so strong without the Doctor and Peri even needing to land on the planet of Varos, but when they came in, they pulled it in a new direction, saving the life of someone who was going to have their execution broadcast to the world... purely for entertainment. In fact, this premise is somewhat relevant to modern audiences, with the height of reality TV and what does count for entertainment on talent shows, it strangely portrays a twisted version of society, as well as some political corruptness.

I was pleasantly surprised by this story.
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Initial post: 25 Jan 2014, 16:42:51 GMT
As a huge Whovian I enjoyed your review my friend gets a yes from me.

Posted on 1 Feb 2016, 09:43:33 GMT
do you mean Colin Baker's Doctor isn't dislikable apart from making an ironic quip as he watches someone being melted alive in an acid bath?
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