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The Face of Evil: Part One 

On a nameless planet in the far future where invisible monsters prowl, the Doctor befriends a warrior woman named Leela, recently banished from her tribe, the Sevateem. She and everyone ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who
Louise Jameson ... Leela
David Garfield ... Neeva
Victor Lucas ... Andor
Brendan Price ... Tomas
Leslie Schofield ... Calib
Colin Thomas Colin Thomas ... Sole
Lloyd McGuire ... Lugo
Tom Kelly Tom Kelly ... Guard


On a nameless planet in the far future where invisible monsters prowl, the Doctor befriends a warrior woman named Leela, recently banished from her tribe, the Sevateem. She and everyone recognize the Doctor immediately. He is the Evil One who, in their mythology, holds their god Xoanon prisoner and must be destroyed. Written by Daniel Williamson & statmanjeff

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Release Date:

1 January 1977 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The 2nd story which The Doctor travels to a planet in the far future and encounters two tribes that are at war with each other. In the William Hartnell story "The Savages", The 1st Doctor, Steven and Dodo arrive on a planet in the far future, which The 1st Doctor and his companions discover the Elders, an advanced society of people that are feeding on the life-force of a tribe of barbarians called The Savages. See more »


[first lines]
[the Doctor steps out of the TARDIS alone. He then turns to camera and muses aloud to himself]
The Doctor: I think this is not Hyde Park. Could be a nexial discontinuity. Must remember to overhaul those tracers. Put a knot in my hanky.
[He pulls out his hanky, which already has a knot tied in it!]
The Doctor: Wonder what that was for! A little look around, Doctor? Why not.
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Referenced in Into the Wild (2012) See more »

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Cheap, predictable fare for Tom Baker
2 January 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

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THE FACE OF EVIL is a four-part Tom Baker DOCTOR WHO adventure notable for introducing Baker's brief companion Leela, played by Louise Jameson. The story begins when Baker lands on an alien planet occupied by caveman-style tribes who live in fear of the return of an evil god destined to bring destruction to their world. However, there's a surprise in store...

There's no faulting the ambition of this production, which attempts to bring to life an alien civilisation in a way that is fairly well realised. The tribal stuff is quite a bit of fun, although campy (and the guy wearing a glove on his head has to be seen to be believed!), and the limited special effects work quite well. I particularly enjoyed the Mount Rushmore-style ending of the first episode which is a lovely hook, and those studio jungles never get tired.

A shame, then, that the script is so predictable and even a little tired by this stage. The old 'Doctor infiltrates an alien race and helps them to overcome evil' is played out with almost exactly the same plot ingredients as previous adventures and the whole warring tribe stuff is a bit pitiful. The latter two episodes move to the usual corridor type settings and are a bit more fun, and it's nice to have TV regular Leslie Schofield on board. But Jameson is a little awkward in her debut appearance and Baker seems merely to be going through the motions, leaving this a lesser story from his tenure.

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