- Hilarious in Hindsight: Both the Doctor and Romana (as well as others) claim to be from the North. Apparently, this is one of the planets that does have a North.
- Ho Yay: The Graff and Sholakh, particularly in the latter's death scene.
- One-Scene Wonder: Cyril Luckham as the White Guardian. He does nothing but sit in a chair and set up the plot for the season in the first five minutes of the first episode, but eerily sticks in your mind.The Doctor: You mean nothing will happen to me?White Guardian: Nothing at all. Ever.
- Special Effect Failure: The Shrivenzale is poor even by contemporary standards.
- On the other hand (considering this is the YMMV page) the costume is really quite good, considering the episode was made in 1978 on a budget nowhere near the levels of Star Wars.
YMMV / Doctor Who S16 E1 "The Ribos Operation"