The Black Archive #41: Vengeance on Varos

No. 41 of 68 in the The Black Archive books series
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By:Jonathan Dennis
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Released:  April 2020 (physical release)
April 2020 (print-on-demand release)
Publisher:  Obverse Books
Format: paperback
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Note:  Originally scheduled for March 2020 but delayed until April due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The print-on-demand edition is identical to the regular edition, but has a glossy cover instead of the original’s matt cover. Unusually, the print-on-demand edition was released almost simultaneously (only 1 day after) the physical edition.

Cover blurb:
‘Are they very disturbing, these videos you sell?’

In 1985, with video nasties in the headlines and Orwell’s predictions fresh in audiences’ minds, Doctor Who presented a dystopia where videos of torture and execution are sold. A tale of capitalism’s dehumanising effects when neo-liberalism was cementing its grip on the world, it also commented on the nature of television itself. Vengeance on Varos remains one of the most controversial, yet topical, stories in Doctor Who’s history.

Jonathan Dennis is the author of the Black Archive on Ghost Light, as well as stories for Faction Paradox, Iris Wildthyme, Señor 105 and Bernice Summerfield.

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