Doctor Who: Season 14, Episode 15

The Face of Evil: Part Three (15 Jan. 1977)

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The Doctor and Leela encounter the placid and mind-powerful Tesh, the complete opposite of the savage Saveteem. They recognize the Doctor, too, but to them he is Lord; however, when it ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Brendan Price ...
Leslie Schofield ...
David Garfield ...
Leon Eagles ...
Xoanon (voice)
Rob Edwards ...
Xoanon (voice)
Anthony Frieze ...
Xoanon (voice)


The Doctor and Leela encounter the placid and mind-powerful Tesh, the complete opposite of the savage Saveteem. They recognize the Doctor, too, but to them he is Lord; however, when it becomes evident the Doctor threatens their living god, Xoanon, the Doctor becomes a marked man. Written by statmanjeff

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This episode was watched by 11.3 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »


The Doctor attributes the verse "Be thankful you're livin', and trust to your luck. And march to your front like a soldier." to Gertrude Stein when in fact it's from Rudyard Kipling's 'The Young British Soldier'. See more »


[the Doctor notices Leela on a monitor screen, restrained prone against a metal table]
Doctor Who: Jabel... Jabel, that's Leela.
Jabel: Yes, Lord. Particle analysis. We will reduce the subject to its constituent atoms.
Doctor Who: [whirls around and, in an aghast whisper] Particle analysis?
Jabel: Yes, Lord.
Doctor Who: [whispering] It will kill her.
Jabel: Yes, Lord. She is a savage.
Doctor Who: What? That's not a good enough reason!
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The Day God Went Mad
8 December 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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A proposed title for this story was The Day God Went Mad and that is a good title for any story as well as a pretty good name for this adventure. It involves The Doctor arriving on a planet which he has visited before, but does not remember at first, and slowly realising he has somehow come to be thought of as a God by the people there following his actions on his previous visit. That premise is extremely interesting in itself, contemplating the aftermath and consequences of The Doctor's interventions on other worlds. There is a lot more to this story too, including the character Leela who becomes The Doctor's new companion. Following Sarah Jane is the toughest act to follow of all but Leela is a brilliant and different type of companion, being a tough and fiery young woman from a tribal civilisation with violent tendencies.

The first two episodes are an absolutely fascinating, engaging and brilliantly written story which has you really intrigued. The final two episodes are really good with some good thrills and plenty of interest but I felt the outcomes were not quite as fully satisfying as the wonderful build up caused me to expect.

Great adventure in a great season.

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