Vengeance on Varos

No. 7 of 152 in the Target novelisation readings series
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Starring: Colin Baker & Martin Jarvis
By:Philip Martin
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Editions:  UK (abridged cassette) | UK (unabridged CD)
Description:  Audio reading of Philip Martin’s 1988 novelisation.

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Edition: UK (abridged cassette)
Released:  November 1997
Publisher:  BBC Audio
Format: 1 x cassette
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Note:  Abridged reading by Colin Baker. Single cassette but packaged in a double cassette box. Subsequently “re-released” in July 2001 to clear out old stocks. Re-released again in MP3-CD format as part of the compilation Tales from the TARDIS: Volume 2.

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Varos is a cruel world, where the descendants of a prison planet are force-fed a diet of endless video nasties, where execution is a spectacle and torture high entertainment.

The TARDIS arrives desperately short of Zeiton 7 ore to power its engines, and the Doctor and Peri know Varos is the only place they may find it. But soon they become involved in the deadly politics of the planet, and the machinations of the sinister Sil, a slug-like alien who wants the price of Zeiton 7 lowered, and the Doctor — along with the Governor of Varos — out of the way for good.

Fighting for the freedom of Varos and for the ore he needs to continue his journeys, the Doctor faces death many times — whilst being constantly filmed for the pleasure of the viewers at home...

Colin Baker, who played the Doctor in this TV adventure, reads this story, novelised by Philip Martin.

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Edition: UK (unabridged CD)
Released:  November 2019
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Format: 4 x CD
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Note:  Unabridged reading by Martin Jarvis.

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Martin Jarvis reads this exciting novelisation of a classic TV adventure for the Sixth Doctor, introducing the slug-like Sil

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The TARDIS has stalled in mid-flight, and it is only on the planet Varos that the Doctor can find the precious Zeiton-7 ore he needs to continue his travels through Time and Space.

Arriving on the planet, he saves the rebel Jondar from execution, and incurs the wrath of Sil, the sadistic representative of the Galatron Mining Corporation on Varos.

The hunt is soon on for the Doctor and his rebel friends. And as they are pursued through the corridors of the deadly Punishment Dome, the Doctor discovers that the people of Varos have some very disturbing ideas of entertainment...

Martin Jarvis, who played the Governor in the original TV episodes, reads Philip Martin’s novelisation of his 1985 serial which starred Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor.

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