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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)

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This episode was watched by 6.1 million viewers on its original transmission.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.
The Doctor meets A Clockwork Orange, 28 August 2012
Author: Andrew Huggett from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Although quite padded this is an enjoyable early Doctor versus The Master romp. There is a central idea which is quite interesting but which resembles the Star Trek episode 'Dagger of the Mind' (1966). There are also nods to 'A Clockwork Orange'. However, the multi-stranded story of peace talks, nuclear missiles and prison rioting becomes slightly repetitive. Would have been more interesting to have concentrated on the Keller Machine. Roger Delgado is truly excellent as The Master, and there's an amusing sequence when the Doctor speaks in fluent Chinese as the Brigadier looks on in bemusement. There is some good location filming around Dover castle while the missile and use of helicopters is well realised. This serial now exists only in black and white and I actually think this improves matters because it helps to mask the crude CSO video effects which are quite distracting in other contemporaneous stories of the period.

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