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"Doctor Who" The Mind of Evil: Episode One (1971)

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30 January 1971 (Season 8, Episode 5)
The Doctor and Jo head to Stangmoor Prison to investigate the Keller Machine, which drains the evil impulses from prisoners' minds, while UNIT are handling security at the first world peace conference. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jon Pertwee ... Dr. Who
Nicholas Courtney ... Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart
Katy Manning ... Jo Grant
Richard Franklin ... Captain Mike Yates
Pik Sen Lim ... Captain Chin Lee (as Pik-Sen Lim)
Raymond Westwell ... Prison Governer

Michael Sheard ... Dr. Summers
Simon Lack ... Professor Charles Kettering
Neil McCarthy ... Barnham
Fernanda Marlowe ... Corporal Bell
Clive Scott ... Linwood
Roy Purcell ... Chief Prison Officer Powers
Eric Mason ... Senior Prison Officer Green
Bill Matthews ... Prison Officer
Barry Wade ... Prison Officer
Dave Carter ... Prison Officer
Martin Gordon ... Prison Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francis Batsoni ... General Cheng Teik (uncredited)
Ian Elliot ... UNIT Soldier (uncredited)

Nick Hobbs ... American Aide (uncredited)
Billy Horrigan ... Prisoner / Audience Member / UNIT Corporal (uncredited)
Valentino Musetti ... Prisoner / Audience Member (uncredited)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Timothy Combe 
Writing credits
Don Houghton (by)

Sydney Newman  creator (uncredited)

Produced by
Barry Letts .... producer
Original Music by
Dudley Simpson 
Film Editing by
Howard Billingham (film sequences) (uncredited)
Production Design by
Ray London 
Costume Design by
Bobi Bartlett (costumes)
Makeup Department
Jan Harrison Shell .... make-up (as Jan Harrison)
Sound Department
Chick Anthony .... sound
Brian Hodgson .... special sound
Visual Effects by
Jim Ward .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Monk .... studio lighting
Max Samett .... film cameraman (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jonathan Wood .... colour grading
Music Department
Ron Grainer .... composer: title music
Other crew
Terrance Dicks .... script editor
John Griffiths .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sue Hedden .... assistant floor manager (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sydney Newman  creator (uncredited)

Production Design by
Bob Cove (1970s)
Victor Meredith 
Makeup Department
Dorka Nieradzik .... makeup designer (1982, 1984-1988)
Art Department
Peter Brachaki .... production designer: TARDIS interior
Special Effects by
Mat Irvine .... special effects (1970s-1980s)
Ian Scoones .... special effects (1960s-1980s)
Ron Thornton .... special effects (1980s)
Bernard Wilkie .... special effects (1960s-1970s)
Visual Effects by
Mitch Mitchell .... special video effects (1960's-1970's) (as A. J. Mitchell)
Bernard Lodge .... title sequence designer (1963-1979) (uncredited 1963-1969)
Alan Chuntz .... stunts (1960's-1970's)
Peter Diamond .... stunts (1960s)
Max Faulkner .... stunts (1960's-1970's)
Stuart Fell .... stunts (1970s-1980s)
Alf Joint .... stunts (1960s-1980s)
Derek Martin .... stunts (1960s-1970s)
Roy Scammell .... stunts (1960s-1980s)
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
Derek Ware .... stunts (1960s-1970s)
Music Department
Paddy Kingsland .... composer: incidental music (1980-1985)
Keff McCulloch .... composer: incidental music (1987-1989)
Humphrey Searle .... composer: incidental music (1965)
Dudley Simpson .... composer: incidental music (1964-1980)
Other crew
Christopher Baker .... production assistant
Ali Bongo .... magic advisor
Kenneth J. Bussanmas .... creative consultant (1979-1985)
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Additional Details

UK:25 min
Black and White | Color (original broadcast) | Color (Restored version) (2013)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
UK:U (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

Andy Ho was cast as Fu Peng did film some scenes but was replaced by Kristopher Kum because the production team were displeased with Ho's acting.See more »
Kettering:Science has abolished the hangman's noose and substituted this infallible method.
The Doctor:[as Kettering continues talking] People who talk about infallibility are usually on very shaky grounds.
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Owes A Lot To Season Seven, 12 August 2010
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is the second story of season eight of DOCTOR WHO and whilst Terror Of The Autons set the groundwork for the season Mind Of Evil seems a slight throwback to the previous year . Much of the location is set at Stangmoor Prison which is not a place you'd associate with a programme often dismissed as being for children

Writer Don Houghton stated he was influenced by A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and most of the plot revolves around a new process involving The Keller Machine that can destroy the negative thought processes that leads to criminality . As it turns out the creator Emile Keller is in fact the Master and the Keller Machine contains an alien parasite that feeds on minds

Thereare a couple of problems with the story construction . One is that the main plot becomes padded out with political intrigue involving the major powers . This was a common problem with classic DOCTOR WHO in general and the Pertwee era in particular - if you watch the episodes consecutively one after the other then it doesn't hang together like a feature film does . The plot sometimes runs around in circles with people getting captured , escaping and getting recaptured again

Director Timothy Combe does try to make the story very cinematic . There's excellent location work at Dover Castle and a couple of very impressive set pieces , one involving a missile being abducted and another where UNIT liberates Stangmoor Prison . He also makes the Keller Machine menacing which is no mean feat considering it's a mere prop . Unfortunately this led to the story going way over budget which meant Combe was barred from ever working on the show again , a pity because both here and in his only other story for the show The Silurians shows he was a superb director . Even sadder he didn't go on to make feature films

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