Doctor Who (1963)

Season 22 Episode 3

Vengeance on Varos, Part One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 19, 1985 on BBC
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Vengeance on Varos, Part One
The former prison planet Varos, the future. The downtrodden population of miners are kept happy by real-life violence and murder broadcast live from the Punishment Dome. But then the TARDIS materialises inside the Dome…

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    • TRIVIA (7)

      • Continuity: In the first vote, the Governor places his wrists in the manacles after the vote is taken. In the second vote, before.

      • Plot Hole: When the Doctor sets the laser trap, a guard just walks straight into the visible beam.

      • Plot Hole: After Maldak shoots at the TARDIS, the Doctor switches off the scanner. Peri then asks why Maldak walked away as if they didn't exist — but this happened after the Doctor switched the monitor off.

      • Revealing Mistake: The pages of the TARDIS manual are blank.

      • Continuity: After the Governor finishes his first speech, he moves his arms over the manacles. Arak and Etta vote. Cut back to the Governor's office, where his arms are together and he again places them over the manacles.

      • The TARDIS apparently relies on Zeiton-7 ore to function, a mineral supposedly unique to Varos, at least in that sector of space. Given how possessive the Time Lords are about such things it's odd anyone else is allowed near the place, unless it is in plentiful supply elsewhere...

      • Nabil Shaban suffers from the bone disease osteogenesis imperfecta - his disease-affected physique allowed him to give a unique performance as the alien Sil.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Quillam: Do you know what my process of transmutation does? It focuses on the seeds of fear in your mind, and makes them grow, until you, your body, your face, your entire being, transforms into the image in your mind. You should turn into something quite interesting. A reptile, or something simian, perhaps.
        Areta: Or something truly loathsome, such as you.

      • Jondar: Is he sane, this Doctor?
        Peri: Sometimes.

      • Peri: Since we left Telos, you've managed to start three electrical fires, a total power failure and a near collision with a storm of asteroids. Not only that, you twice managed to get yourself lost in the TARDIS corridors, wiped the memory of the flight computer and jettisoned three-quarters of the storage hold. You even managed to burn dinner last night.
        The Doctor: Well, I have never said I was perfect.
        Peri: If you recall, last night I was supposed to have a cold supper!
        The Doctor: Yes, that was an unfortunate accident.

    • NOTES (2)

      • DVD: Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos (BBCDVD 1044) released in October 2001. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1718) in March 2003.

        Video: Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos (BBCV 4962) released in May 1993. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1274) in June 1995.

      • Novelisation: Doctor Who - Vengeance on Varos by Philip Martin (ISBN 0 426 20291 0) first published by W H Allen in 1988.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The Chorus: The characters or Arak and Etta — who have no influence on the plot but simply comment — is taken from this device common to ancient Greek drama.