- Alternate Aesop Interpretation: The story was intentionally written with an anti-pacifist message. However, it's also possible to read it as encouraging student activists to fight for justice, rejecting rote learning and irrational laws.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Pacificism, even if war-hungry ways have nearly wiped out the planet and left an island a whole island a nuclear wasteland full of corpses, is bad, because the first attacker will destroy you. Gun control is also bad. Arm the hippies.
- Ham and Cheese: Patrick Troughton spent most of the story overacting for his own entertainment.
- Inferred Holocaust: The Dominators have sent for their fleet. The Doctor only foiled their current plan.
- Strawman Has a Point: Rago repeatedly tells Toba to conserve their power by not just murdering everyone on the island like Toba wants - clearly, Rago is a canny leader and Toba's a paranoid psychopath, fair enough. Except Rago's plan absolutely would have worked if Toba had just murdered everyone on the island (which would have included the Doctor, Jamie, Zoe, and Cully, the only people on the island who want to fight back).
- The problem with that is that it wasn't the argument Toba was making at the time, and the fact that he would have been correct is only clear in hindsight. Given that Rago didn't know he was facing a Time Lord, his strategy was the appropriate one at the time.
- Took the Bad Film Seriously: Even Patrick Troughton doesn't bother putting in much of an effort in this atrocious, fascist nonsense, but Ronald Allen as Navigator Rago, in a giant foam collar and eyeliner, plays his part with such Creepy Monotone conviction he almost saves it.
- WTH, Casting Agency?: Cully is clearly intended to be young and rebellious, but is cast a a balding man apparently in his mid-forties.
YMMV / Doctor Who S6 E1 "The Dominators"