Doctor Who (1963)

Season 14 Episode 13

The Face of Evil, Part One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 01, 1977 on BBC
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The Face of Evil, Part One
An unnamed planet, the distant future. Arriving in a place that seems oddly familiar, the Doctor finds the savage Sevateem tribe battling to free their captive god, Xoanon, from the Evil One and his Tesh servants. But can the whole situation really be the Doctor's fault?

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  • The Doctor meets Leela...

    note: review for all 4 eps of Face of Evil

    "No more Janus thorns, do you understand? Ever."

    What could of descended into a predictable primitve tribes-people tale is saved by four intelligent and interesting scripts by Chris Boucher. The Doctor is very well written (I'll kill him with this deadly jelly baby) as is his future companion Leela - more than just another savage. The cliffhangers are also quite good, especially the one involving the Doctor surrounded by screaming copies of his own face.moreless
  • The doctor arrives in a planet where the savages seem to be scared of him thinking he is the Evil One.

    Hmmm this storyline doesn't make much sense and the first episode doesn't seem to do a great job of really presenting a realistic storyline. To top that off the script for these episodes is rather mediocre.

    Like there's one scene where the Doctor tries to cover his mouth for an echo so one of the tribesman can believe he is the voice of the evil one!! Then there's another scene where Tom Baker as the Doctor pretends to be the evil one and says he'll kill them all using his jelly beans!!!

    Wow. Doctor Who has always had a campy feel toward it but it's like the writers just didn't even have that going for it and and presented a very inadequate blend of comedy and drama.

    Louise is ok as Leela. Actually one of the few bright spots for the episode though from I read later in a Doctor Who books she was unhappy with how primitive and unintelligent her character was. I could give this episode a 5 but since I am generous I give it a higher grade for nostalgic reasons. The cliffhanger with the Doctor looking at his own image carved in stone was humorous but it doesn't make up for a rather lackluster episode and storyline.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Continuity: In several early scenes, pronounces Calib's name "Kallib". Later, she and all the others call him "Kay-lib."

    • Leela was named after the terrorist hijacker Leela Khalid, a fact the production team decided not to publicise too widely. Leela apparently means 'dark-eyed savage' and so the naturally blue-eyed Louise Jameson was persuaded to wear brown contact lenses.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Doctor Who: Is that just religious gobbledygook or is that an actual place?

    • 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. [finds a knot in his hanky] Wonder what that was for. Little look around, Doctor? Why not.

    • Leela: Goodbye, Tomas. Beware of the devious Calib. One day he'll get so cunning even he won't know what he has planned.

    • Leela: The Evil One!
      The Doctor: Well, nobody's perfect but that's overstating it a little. I'm the Doctor, what's your name?
      Leela: Leela.
      The Doctor: Leela. That's a nice name, Leela. I've never met anyone named Leela… would you like a jelly baby?
      Leela: It's true then, they say the Evil One eats babies.

    • The Doctor: Leela, Leela, either you've got four friends with very bad colds, or we're in danger. Which is it?
      Leela: They're your creatures.
      The Doctor: I wonder if they know that

    • Leela: I don't know what to believe any more.
      The Doctor: That sounds healthy, Leela. Never be certain of anything, it's a sign of weakness.

    • The Doctor: Now drop your weapons or I'll kill him with this deadly jelly baby.
      Guard: Kill him, then.
      The Doctor: What?
      Guard: Kill him then.
      The Doctor: I don't take orders from anyone. Take me to your leader.

    • The Doctor: I'd be careful with that if I were you. That's an ultra-beam accelerator.
      Neeva: See how it fears the sacred relics of Xoananon.
      The Doctor: If there happens to be a charge in there, you could transform this whole village into a smoky hole in the ground.
      Neeva: See how it threatens us.
      The Doctor: Yes, if you'll just untie my hands, I think I have an idea of what's going on, I may be able to help.
      Neeva: Hear how it squirms for release! Eeehhh-hah! It cannot deceive us.
      The Doctor: Oh no, I can see you're a person of very superior intellect.

    • The Doctor: That wasn't necessary. Who licensed you to slaughter? No more Janis thorns. Ever.

    • The Doctor: Killing me isn't going to help you! [aside] It isn't going to do me much good either, is it?

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