- Broken Base: Another overly violent story where the Doctor is a jerk who doesn't really help? Or a self-aware and cleverly thought of satire on reality TV? It helps this has gone through Values Resonance with today's emphasis on reality TV and the success of The Hunger Games.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Sil. Probably the reason he was brought back for the next season.
- Harsher in Hindsight: That famous quote about Jim'll Fix It being a tame followup to this. Funny then, not so much now after the posthumous sexual abuse claims about Jimmy Savile.
- Retroactive Recognition: The Governor is played by the future Alfred Pennyworth. Funnily enough, he wasn't the first Alfred to appear on the show.
- Signature Scene: And not in a good way. The scene where the guards die in an acid bath and The Doctor's flippant attitude is the most remembered part of the serial.
- Values Resonance:
- Despite being made in The '80s, the story could almost be a parody on certain forms of modern reality TV, seeing as Varosian society (with televised Bread and Circuses entertainment and viewers voting if people live or die) almost seems to resemble Big Brother or The X Factor meets Nineteen Eighty-Four.
- In some ways the episode resembles a proto-Black Mirror.
YMMV / Doctor Who S22 E2 "Vengeance on Varos"