Doctor Who - The Mind of Evil [VHS] 
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The Doctor and Jo are investigating a revolutionary new way of treating psychotic criminals at Stangmoor Prison a machine invented by one Professor Keller that literally sucks the evil out of a mans brain. But when the process is complete, what is left behind a saint or a simpleton? But it transpires that Professor Keller is the Doctors arch-enemy, The Master. The machine actually houses a deadly mind parasite that the Master has taken to Earth for his own evil ends. He intends to use it to sabotage the Global peace conference UNIT is policing, thus bringing the Earth to the brink of war. And when he takes over the prison and hijacks a nuclear missile, it seems the cards are stacked firmly in his favour. Meanwhile, the evil mind parasite is growing stronger all the time, killing anyone in its path by making them experience that which they fear the most. Can the Doctor defeat both the Master and the parasite whilst preventing the worlds major powers from embarking on all-out nuclear war?
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Both Jon Pertwee and Roger Delgado put in some extremely strong performances here as the Doctor and the Master. Jon Pertwee, as always, leads the story with no sigh of strain. Roger Delgado simply adds to this by having the Master ponder half the serials running time smoking cigars from the luxury of his chauffeur driven Roller. This only adds to the enjoyment of the character and the stupendous-ness of the story. The plot ain't half bad either, the whole concept of the Master stealing a deadly gas filled missile is something more believable than plastic control, doomsday files and Devils.Read more ›
The insidious Master has, using an alter-ego, created a machine that supposedly cures violent criminals and makes them fit for re-integration into society. The Brigadier despatches The Doctor and Jo Grant to witness the first demonstration of the machine in action, and what they see is hard-core thug Barnham (Neil McCarthy) seemingly transformed into a sweet and gentle man, thanks to the revolutionary machine.
Of course, The Doctor is rightly suspicious, and when people who have been near the machine begin dying unnaturally, he unearths The Master's diabolical plan...
I have heard bad things about this serial and until recently I only knew the story through the 1985 Target novelisation. Finally getting to see it on the small screen, I was pleasantly surprised; despite the era's relatively weak special effects and film quality, the serial went some way to matching the novelisation for charm, imagination and yet another showdown between The Doctor and his arch-enemy The Master. Whilst the action is spread somewhat thinly over the now unimaginable six half-hour episodes, there is plenty going-on and it actually gives space for the burgeoning relationship between The Doctor and his assistant to flourish. All six parts are in black and white; although the few colour scenes that remain are included on this VHS, after the serial has been shown in its entirety.
I believe that 2Entertain have a DVD version, complete with colour restoration, in the pipeline; in the meantime this is a watchable version and highly recommended as a fine example of early 1970s Doctor Who.
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The first thing that struck me about this episode is the level of violence; rioting, punch-ups and shoot-outs and a rather high body count. Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2010 by Ian Sharp
Hmmm. This one was a bit of a disappointment, I'm afraid. I was expecting this to be just as good as Pertwee's other opening episodes, but it failed to do so. Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2003 by Andrew Kyle