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Doctor Who - The Mind of Evil [VHS] [1963]

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Barry Letts, Katy Manning, Timothy Combe
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CWDI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,980 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 man’s brain. But when the process is complete, what is left behind – a saint or a simpleton? But it transpires that Professor Keller is the Doctor’s 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 world’s major powers from embarking on all-out nuclear war?

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A very good and effective story line - Frankenstein meets Dr Who. The concept of mind control in 1971 was not new, even for Dr Who (the Mind Robber). However, this story line allowed Pertwee to excercise his natural superiority to its full. His flipant dealings with the so called experts at the start, his natural assuming of control at the prison plus his typical condesention of the Master come thru very pertly in this story, as they do in most Pertwee story lines. I think the best part of the story (as I recall even from 30 years ago) was firstly, the creepy idea of a machine (or intelligence) causing one to face up to ones most horrid fears (and lose) and then secondly, to find that the good Doctor himself was subject to the same! I couldn't sleep for days after that!
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1971's The Mind of Evil is not as cared for, or even as acknowledged as much as serials like Terror of the Autons and The Daemons in fandom these days. Mainly I suppose this is because it is the only Jon Pertwee story to exist completely in Black & White. This I find a shame as The Mind of Evil is one of the best realized and strongest stories of the whole Master season. Firstly, the cinematography by director Tim Combe is highly atmospheric and very realistic in terms of what the program's makers had to work with back then. Secondly, the 6 episode length allows for some of those brilliant character moments that get lost in the average pacy 4 parters, such as the Doctor and the Master's bickering and the Brig's comic moments. Furthermore, I strongly believe that the Black & White imagery lends much more realism and atmosphere to the story, the sets look more convincing and the location work sublime. My theory behind this comes from the 5 minutes of surviving colour footage that is included at the end of the tape, its looks terrible in comparison to the B&W scenes, the sets really show up there weaknesses when shown in the cold light of colour and are less impressive than in the current surviving format.

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.
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While a machine that sucks out all of the criminal intentions from the human brain may sound beneficial; it presents a unique problem for The Doctor, his companion Jo Grant, and the world in general, in this memorable six-part serial from the early 70s period of the long-running show.

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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