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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?

This serial was released by the BBC on video cassette in the UK in May 1998.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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Suitable for Children?, 3 May 2014
Author: lucyrfisher from United Kingdom

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

There is a lot of death and violence in this story, much of which takes place in a brutal prison that's eventually taken over by the inmates. Colour has been restored, which accounts for some oddly orange complexions and salmon-pink walls. Nobody does evil like Roger Delgado! When he tilts his head forward his deepset eyes are completely in shadow. There is a strange interlude in which he and the Doctor collaborate in a friendly manner to neutralise the Mind Parasite, but once the thing is no longer a threat, the Master goes straight back to cackling and preparing to eliminate most of the human race. It's a shame Captain Chin Lee disappears from the story early on. She is an appealing villainess - but of course she is only being manipulated by the Master (I also like his sinister, unspeaking chauffeur). Chin Lee does rather give the game away by walking like a robot, though. Scenes I remember from seeing it as a child - Jo Grant's motherly concern for the doctor as he lies in a coma, and for Barnham (Neil McCarthy), who has had the evil removed from his brain.

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