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5.0 out of 5 stars Pertwee era completely in colour again at long last !!!
As part of the BBC's misguided policy of destroying the master tapes of Doctor Who and many, many other programs in the 1970's, the colour masters of many Pertwee stories were junked. At one point only eight of the 24 adventures existed in full in colour in the BBC archives.

Things got better over the years. Colour copies of many of his stories were found in...
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pertwee era completely in colour again at long last !!!, 3 Jun 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Mind of Evil [DVD] (DVD)
As part of the BBC's misguided policy of destroying the master tapes of Doctor Who and many, many other programs in the 1970's, the colour masters of many Pertwee stories were junked. At one point only eight of the 24 adventures existed in full in colour in the BBC archives.

Things got better over the years. Colour copies of many of his stories were found in Canada and returned to the BBC - although these had been converted to the NTSC format and had lost some quality in the process. Other stories were recorded in the US by someone watching them on TV, and the colour signal from these was matched with the black-and-white recordings which had somehow - fortunately - escaped destruction. That left a few adventures with episodes only in black-and-white. Luckily technological innovation enabled colour versions being created of these, but the process is I believe time-consuming, expensive and requiring a lot of manual intervention.

The Mind of Evil is the last of this group of stories to receive the attention of the Recovery Team - on this occasion it was not individual episodes but all 6 that had no colour copies. And is a resounding triumph. They had to use the chroma-dot recovery technique for episodes 2-6 but for the first episode this was not possible and it had to be coloured by hand. I am pleased to say that the picture quality here is very good indeed. Episode one, surprisingly, looks the best of the lot.

As for the actual content, this is a superb example of early Pertwee. It shows the influence of James Bond, with its international political conferences, world-threatening super villian and cloak-and-dagger manoevering. Pertwee's doctor has really hit his stride by now, with his usual contempt for out-of-their-depth authority figures showing in his treatment of the ill-fated Professor Kettering. His love/hate relationship with the Brigadier is in full swing.

The other characters fare well too. Roger Delgado's Master, in only his second adventure, effortlessly exudes evil, although as usual he realises he's bitten off more than he can chew and has to get help from the Doctor. Katy Manning's Jo Grant was created when the production team concluded - wrongly in my opinion - that the character of Liz Shaw didn't work, but what we ended up with was one of the most memorable and likeable characters in the entire history of Who. Far from being the helpless airhead that detractors would have us believe, she is a brave, resouceful, intelligent, compassionate and loyal young woman - a real asset to the Unit team.

Speaking of whom - the Brigadier as usual plays a key role, marshalling his forces well and personally taking charge of the raid on the prison which turns the tables on the Master and the convicts. Yates and Benton spend the story taking criticism from the Brig, being shot at or attacked by psychic forces. Barnham, the first convict to be "treated" by the Keller machine, is a sympathetic character and I shared Jo's sadness when he dies at the end. The other major character is Harry Mailer, a tough, hard-bitten convict with little regard for the lives of those who get in his way, well played by William Marlowe, who was married to Fernanda Marlowe who played the minor character of Corporal Bell.

The commentary was, once again, recorded a few years ago, before the sad deaths of producer Barry Letts and Nick Courtney who played the Brigadier, and the former is happily part of it. So is Katy Manning, who reveals this is her favourite story, and I can't say I'm surprised at this. Script editor Terrance Dicks, director Tim Combe, Pik-Sen Lim who played the Master's accomplice Chin Lee, Fernanda Marlowe and stuntman Derek Ware (I should mention that his work and that of his Havoc team on this story is impeccable) make appearances too.

The making-of documentary "The Military Mind" features Courtney , Letts and Combe again, along with Lim and Marlowe, and director Tim Combe, but no Manning. It is interesting and entertaining but a little short. I felt sorry for Combe when he said he didn't get any more Who work after this due to the show exceeding its budget. There is a short "Now and Then" showing the many locations used, and a rather generic "Behind the Scenes" which was transmitted around the same time as the show itself.

Coming soon - Spearhead from Space on Blu-ray !!

With the release of this story on DVD, all of Pertwee's stories are represented in variable (but mostly very good) colour for the first time in decades. A true red-letter day.

I cannot recommend this one enough - I can't imagine any Who fan not liking it.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now on the small screen in colour, 3 Jun 2013
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The number of people prior to this DVD release who have seen The Mind of Evil in colour must be pretty small. On its single UK transmission in 1971 the majority of households would probably still have had only B&W televisions. It was sold abroad in the mid 1970's to various US TV stations, but after that only B&W film prints have been available.

It's been a long and winding road, but eventually it's available again in full colour. Episodes 2-6 use the Chroma Dot Recovery system, where the colour information hidden in the B&W print is utilised. Of these five, episode 2 is the poorest, but the other four are very good indeed. This is absolutely the best quality that is achievable at present, and when you consider that the budget for this restoration isn't particularly large then it's even more impressive.

Episode 1 presented a particular challenge. There were no Chroma Dots available, so instead selected frames from the episode were hand coloured by Stuart Humphryes, otherwise known as Babelcolour. In a 25 minute episode of Doctor Who there are approximately 36,000 frames. In total around 7,000 frames were hand coloured and then SVS Resources used these frames to extrapolate the colour signal from the adjacant B&W frames. After about 18 months and thousands of hours of work the final result is quite staggering - without the efforts of Stuart Humphryes and the others working on this project, episode 1 might have remained in B&W, so many, many people owe them a great debt of gratitude.

Whilst it's understandable that the colour restoration will be the main talking point, what of the story itself? Broadcast second during Jon Pertwee's second season, in many ways it feels like a throwback to the previous year. It has a more serious and hard-edged tone, like the stories from Pertwee's debut season.

All of the regulars are on top form here. Pertwee is in his typical early exile mood - namely moody and arrogant. In this story he's not a Doctor you can instantly love, but he does have a few flashes of humour which help to alleviate his bad temper. It was only Katy Manning's second story as Jo Grant, but she's in the thick of the action here. Separated from the Doctor for a few episodes she has to carry a significant part of the narrative, which she does effortlessly.

The men from UNIT are all served well by Don Houghton's script. Nicholas Courtney has some withering put downs for both Yates and Benton, which you can tell he relishes. John Levene gets to do some undercover work and lead the assault on Stangmoor prison at the end of the story whilst Richard Franklin also has his share of the action.

That leaves Roger Delgado as the original and best Master. He too is in his element here, chauffeured in a luxury limousine and puffing on a cigar he is great value in this story and his two-handed scenes with Jon Pertwee are a pleasure to watch.

Like most six-parters it is a little padded in places, but with all the regulars well served by the script, some good location filming and stunt work and with the story back in colour this is an unmissable release.

Given the efforts made to recolourise the story, it's a little surprising that there isn't a documentary on that, a missed opportunity, I think. But there's the usual quality extras package starting with a Toby Hadoke moderated commentary with Katy Manning, Pik-Sen Lim, Fernanda Marlowe, Timothy Coombe, Derek Ware, Terrance Dicks and Barry Letts.

There's a good making of documentary - The Military Mind - which was made in 2009. This is poignant as it gives us one more chance to see Nicholas Courtney and Barry Letts, who both passed away a few years ago.

Production subs, some PDF materials, a Now and Then and an archive feature on Televison Centre round off a strong package of features that compliment a quality story from a period when Doctor Who was going from strength to strength.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who perfection., 5 Jun 2014
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John Pertwee as Dr Who, Katy Manning as his assistant and a superb story, what Dr Who fan could ask for more.

For me Pertwee is the ultimate Dr Who, The Master a Wonderful villain and Katy Manning one of the greatest assistants. What Dr Who fan could ask for more.

Television heaven.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Jon Pertwee story, 13 Jun 2013
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This is my 1st ever review. How many years had we hoped this would one day be seen again in colour ?? well here it is !!!! The DVD sleeve artwork is excellent, the DVD extras are very informative. The colour restoration is outstanding especially Ep 1. OK, the colour does phase 'in and out' repeatedly in Ep's 2,3,& 4 but this does not detract from the overall splendour of having this story in full colour at last, so, heart felt congratulations to the recovery team for achieving this. The story is mature and well delivered, this is 'Dr Who' at its best from that era, The Dr and Jo, Unit, The Keller machine and the wonderful BBC Radiophonic music.....and the best Master, dear Roger Delgado (RIP). You might get the impression I love this.....spot on, when I was but a mere 10 years old boy, this was story that frightened me the most and I've never forgotten it, Jon Pertwee's face as he re-lives 'fire' - one of the best cliff-hanger's ever. A 'must' for all Dr Who fans young and older !!! 100% recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Master The Machine and the Missile, 18 Jun 2013
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The second story from Jon Pertwee's second year as Doctor Who comes to dvd. Originally broadcast in 1971, all six episodes are presented in a two disc dvd set with the story on the first disc and extras on the second.

This is another Pertwee story where the original colour version was wiped, and only a black and white copy was held. And which has been re-coloured for dvd release. This has taken nigh on four years of work, and the results are very good.

The story sees the Doctor investigating goings on at a prison where a new method of dealing with the worst offenders is being tried out. A machine that removes all evil impulses from the brain. The Doctor is suspicious of the procedure involved. At the same time, there's a peace conference going on in London, where tensions are high. And a missile with a very dangerous cargo is about to be destroyed.

All three things are connected. As an old enemy lurks in the shadows. A terrifying time for the Doctor and Jo awaits....

The second season of this era did result in a few changes from the first. It's a mixture of the hard hitting style of Jon Pertwee's first season - there are battles between U.N.I.T. and bad guys with stuntmen throwing themselves all over the place - and the slightly cosier U.N.I.T. family style that followed. It never feels stretched at six parts, though, as the plot develops at a decent pace and keeps a few things back until required.

This is also a strong story for Roger Delgado's Master, as there are some interesting insights into his relationship with the Doctor. The supporting cast are pretty good. It features veteran character actor Michael Sheard in the second of his six appearances in the show.

The cliffhangers are repetitive, but that's the only minor complaint with a solid six parter that features some excellent action and many good character moments. It's great to have it on dvd at last. And in colour as well.

Some may wish to be aware that there is one short scene where all the dialogue is in another language and has subtitles.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English.

It's also English audio captioned.

The extras include the usual ones for this range:

A commentary from various members of the cast and crew. This was recorded a while ago, thus Producer Barry Letts, who passed away in 2009, is amongst the contributors.

The Radio Times listings for the story as a PDF file. Along with a 1971 cereal promotion in similar format.

Production information subtitles.

A photo gallery of images from the story and it's production.

A trailer for the next release in this dvd range.

And specific to this dvd:

The Military Mind. A making of documentary about the story. Also made a while ago, thus present is Barry Letts along with Nicholas Courtney [the Brigadier]. This is a bit shorter than the usual ones at just twenty two minutes, but it contains some nice location work at Dover castle and is typically absorbing viewing.

Now and then: an eight minute [approx] look at the locations where the story was made as they looked in 1971 and as they are now. Which is short but good viewing.

Behind the scenes: Television centre. A 1971 documentary showing what goes on in one ordinary day at bbc tv centre. There's only a couple of seconds of Doctor Who related material in this, and it does have a very dated look. But not in a bad way. It's pretty good viewing though. An interesting look at the days of BBC tv centre in London, and it will bring back memores for those who remember tv when it wasn't on for twenty four hours a day. And the announcer wished you all a very good night.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unlucky but satisfied., 24 May 2014
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Delivered on time as promised however the DVD plastic cover was bent as if it was crushed under weight. The disc was unscathed and works perfectly, which is what matters. Good service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who - The Mind of Evil, 5 April 2014
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Jon Pertwee comes up against Roger Delgardo's definitive Master in a 1970s classic, completed shortly before Delgardo's death in a car accident. Great plot, great acting and even the dodgy sets don't put off. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!, 26 Mar 2014
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This, like Ambassadors of Death, is a good example of how the colourisation process transforms a story. I had a scratchy black and white VHS copy c/o UK Gold. Watching it in colour makes it seem like a completely different story.
Pertwee is on great form and is really put through the mill by the Keller machine. UNIT were just beginning to seem a little cosy by this stage and were starting to become a little cliched ( gormless but loyal Benton, fussy Brigadier and heroic- but also weirdly camp- Yates).
It is the villains who steal this story though. Roger Delgado dominates every scene in which he appears, but William Marlowe isn't far behind him as the utterly evil Harry Mailer. Their scenes together have a strange poignancy, when you realise that Marlowe would go on to marry Delgado's widow Kismet....
The plot wanders a bit, but the direction is brilliant. Tim Combe manages to stage spectacular battle scenes as well as claustrophobic scenes within the prison. Considering that season 8 was intended to be a little "softer" and more family friendly than the adult themes of season 7, the body count in this story is astronomical. The battle scenes and fights are surprisingly vicious and the Keller Machine a wonderfully nasty concept!
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As It Gets, 5 Jan 2014
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Yes; another classic adventure. As much, perhaps more, of a political thriller than a science fiction story, though it doesn't suffer from that. It gives the impression of being very much in touch with the real world and the issues facing same, something heightened by the inclusion of genuine Chinese people as characters. In fact it's about as realistic, and as good, as Who ever gets. Timothy Combe was undoubtedly one of the best directors the programme has ever seen, in the same league as Douglas Camfield, and it's a great shame he didn't work on it again after this story. Excellent humorous Doctor/Master and Doctor/Brigadier banter, and Katy Manning proves her character doesn't necessarily come across as a bimbo if in the hands of a good director. There are one or two holes in the plot which I won't mention as it would mean spoiling it for people who haven't yet seen the story. One thing I have to get off my chest, though. Alcott (like many Westerners, probably) is suspicious of China so when the mind parasite plays on his fear of it he sees Chin Lee as a huge menacing dragon. Why then, in both the TV story and the novelisation, does Fu Peng describe the creature as one of the legendary dragon demons of his (Fu Peng's) people? Given that it's Alcott's mind that's being manipulated, isn't it rather one of the legendary dragon demons of HIS people?
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't Mind this Evil, 4 Oct 2013
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Five identical Cliffhangers (ok - not quite) but a great story with fantastic colour restoration and some budget injection (or loans of a rocket from the army.

Cast on top form, Pertwee stories were not my particular favourite but he's had a good run recently. Great extras.
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