Doctor Who Mind of Evil
second episode in the Third Doctor season that is completely dedicate to
stories staring The Master the mind of Evil isn’t exactly a lost story
but till now it’s only ever been available in Black and White and so
possibly for that reason this is the story that the BBC have decided to
release last of all the Jon Pertwee stories. This version has been
colorised and though it looks ok it also looks extremely “soft” compared
to other releases from the same time period clearly the original source
tapes were not in good condition. Also the colours are vaguely
reminiscent of the bold Technicolor of the 1950’s rather than the
correct coloration of video.
what’s the story about then?
the life of a scientific advisor. When your not thwarting invasions or
reversing the polarity of the neutron flow you get to go to prisons and
watch demonstrations of innovative techniques for the mind control of
violent prisoners. And this is where we find the Doctor and Jo Grant at
the beginning of the Mind of Evil. The Doctor is there to watch a
supposed revolution in rehabilitation the Keller Machine a machine
designed and built by Emiel Keller the machine supposedly removes all
violent or anti-social impulses from the brains of prisoners. Suspicions
are aroused when the Keller machine turns itself on and someone dies of
being eaten by rats (the mans biggest fear) and then Professor Kettering
who is in charge of the Keller Machine drowns in a dry room (drowning
being his biggest fear).
same time UNIT is in charge of security at the first World Peace
conference (note they don’t say annual because no-one is naive enough to
think it will happen again). Where delegates are causing problems by
being murdered by dragons and such and its obvious that the Chinese
delegate is being mind controlled because otherwise there would be no
incentive for the Chinese to murder a US diplomat.
there are riots and explosions at the prison because it’s hard to fill
up six full episodes with things that happen and sometimes equally hard
to watch it. Eventually the master realises that he can’t control this
alien monstrosity that he has bought down onto the earth (an
unfortiunatly recurring motief for the master) and he has to team up
with the doctor to get rid of it sort of…. But not before he steals some
missiles….because….the production team realised that the army would lend
them some missiles. So we get lots of shots of the missiles, the only
thing we don’t get is Sgnt Benton standing next to the missiles with a
plackard that says “these are REAL!!!ŕ”
In the end the Keller machine is destroyed and the Master calls the
Doctor to taunt him because the Doctor gave up the Masters D-mat circuit
in exchange for the Missiles and the Doctor is still exiled on earth.
end the mind of Evil is a bit of a mess an enjoyable mess but you have
to have the hours to put into it.
Audio is ok, understandable.
Video is soft and sometimes a little hard to watch.
Notably the biggest disappointment with this disc the special features
are woeful, there is basically nothing here. Really makes you miss
2Entertain who used to at least do their best to cram everything they
could onto a disc. There is a fairly short documentary of some of the
key players whilst they were alive wandering round the castle that
served as the prison in the story but the reality is that they don’t
have much to say about it.