Doctor Who the Face of Evil DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -
Doctor Who the Face of Evil
Reviewed by
Chris Tyler
on
Doctor Who the Face of Evil DVD Review. All in all this is a great episode, invisible monsters and all.
Rating:
4.0

Feature 9.0
Video 6.0
Audio 6.0
Special Features 5.0
Total 8.0

Distributor: BBC
Running Time: 960 Minutes
Reviewer: Chris Tyler
Classification
: M15+

8.0


Doctor Who the Face of Evil

The Doctor arrives on a strange planet and discovers a backward tribe of savages who seem to think he’s “the Evil one”, hunted by invisible monsters and natives with his new companion the heretic “Leela” he finds out why when a singular Mt Rushmore likeness is carved into a rock face that they encounter, he must have been here before, but when? Who are the “tesh” and what does all this have to do with a homicidal computer/god named Xoannaon?

When Liz Sladen left Doctor Who at the end of the 1975 season Tom Baker didn’t actually want a companion, “Why can’t I just talk to myself?” he asked Producer Phillip Hinchcliff. He was assured that he would indeed need one but he was allowed to do one adventure “The Deadly assassin” by himself. At the start of the Face of Evil we are treated to what it might have been like if he had been allowed to continue when the Doctor arrives on a planet and talks to the camera about how he’s not sure where he is. It’s a little weird actually. Perhaps fortunately then there is a perfectly good companion getting herself into trouble in a nearby village, yes this episode marks the first appearance of  your Dads favorite companion Leela. 

Clad in skin tight..er..skins, Leela has the kind of doe eyed innocence combined with Amazon strength that made gown men weak at the knees back in the 70’s. Envisaged as a kind of Eliza Dolittle for the Doctor to shape, I’m not sure just how much her character developed but to paraphrase the Buddhists, before success, throwing knives, after success, throwing knives. This is not the first time that invisible monsters had featured on Doctor Who and let’s face it, an invisible monster makes life easy, there’s not design, no man in a suit and no way the viewers could complain about how it looks. And if it’s done right, as it is here it can be really convincing, the bit where the invisible monster destroys the egg timer is great! The bit where the monster appears in the laser rays isn’t it’s very Forbidden Planet and unfortunately it wasn’t even two years before in “The Planet of Evil” that the production team did the exact same thing. Beware of anything that ends with “Of Evil” it will rip off Forbidden Planet.

The concept of the Doctor leaving a place that he thought he had helped only to return years later to find it a mess is great, the idea that the natives thought of him as a God also brilliant. Homicidal computers a particular favorite topic of Robert Holmes is also handled well and consistently. All in all this is a great episode, invisible monsters and all.

Audio: A fine stereo mix.

Video: Some inconstant artifacting when the picture switches from studio video to inserted film, the film quality isn’t great. Alas with Doctor Who twas ever thus.

Special Features: Thin on the ground unfortunately. The real treat here is a classic toy ad from the time featuring the infamous Cyberman with the nose and the he-man arms. Other than that Lousie Jamerson gets a lot of coverage in Into The Wild, although her lack of coverage is covered in depth in Doctor Who Stories: Louise Jamerson the annoying feature Tomorrow's Times plays like a really belated Media Watch. The usual ephemera round out a lackluster package.






 
 



   Games
   PlayStation 4
   XBox One
   PlayStation 3
   XBox 360
   PC
   PS Vita
   Wii U
   Wii
   3DS
   DS
   PSP
   Apple
   Casual
   Android
   Classics

  Movies
   Movies & IMAX
   Blu-ray
   Action
   Anime
   Comedy
   Crime & Thrillers
   Documentaries
   Drama
   Family
   Horror
   Kids
   Lifestyle
   Music
   Romance
   Sci-fi
   Sport

   IT
   PC
   Apple
   Hardware

   Information & Fun
   News
   Interviews
   Articles

   Tara's G-Spot
   Loren's Level
   Comics
   Books
   Mind & Body
   Music
   Competitions
   Community
 








 
 




Impulse Gamer is your source for the
latest Reviews and News on Video Games,
Entertainment, Pop Culture, Hardware &
More!

 


© 2001 - 2014 Impulse Gamer
 

 

About Us | Contact Us