Doctor Who (1963)

Season 14 Episode 14

The Face of Evil, Part Two

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 08, 1977 on BBC
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The Face of Evil, Part Two
The Sevateem launch another attack to try to free Xoanon as the Doctor tries to figure out his role in their past. But his only chance to win their trust is to face a deadly test.

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  • The Doctor and Leela try to find the Evil One. The Doctor learns about the possible origins of The Evil One and Leela's tribesmen as they are about to fight the Tesh.moreless

    The Doctor and Leela try to find The Evil One. After seeing the Doctor's face carved in stone. They find the shrine devoted to Xoanon, The Evil One.

    The conversation The Doctor and The Evil One have is entertaining. How exactly has the Evil One being created isn't really answered yet.

    The things that are answered is that Leela's tribe has stumbled upon a piece of alien technology which enables one of their members to talk to Xoanon.

    The Doctor makes his observations that the area where Leela's people are must have been inhabited by alien beings. How else does the time barrier exist? and how else would a copy of another Time Lord exist?

    There's even action in this episode. When Leela's people find The Doctor, they capture him and put him a death test to see if he is the Evil One.

    It's well done. We also get to see in rare fashion The Doctor's mean streak which is refreshing. One of the tribesmen slaps Leela in the face. The Doctor picks up one of the alien creatures on the ground known as the horde and throws at the loser.

    A nice show of chivalry there. All in all, I find this follow to be better than the first episode.

    With that said, the final scene with Tomas is a bit anti-climatic. Still a much better episode than the first.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • The Doctor: Poor old Neeva. Hotline to god. Don't be afraid. It's only a machine for sending voices over long distances. That may be Xoanon speaking, but it's not god. Gods don't use transceivers.

    • The Doctor: Ah, Neeva! Is it really you? They told me you were dead. Or was it the other way 'round?

    • The Doctor: I wonder…
      Leela: What?
      The Doctor: Shh! I'm wondering!

    • The Doctor: Anyway, they'll be preparing for their battle.
      Leela: That's what you said last time.
      The Doctor: You can't expect perfection. Even from me.

    • The Doctor: You know, I had a feeling, I had a feeling that Neeva was actually expecting an answer to his prayer.
      Leela: There wouldn't be much in praying if he didn't.
      The Doctor: I could quote you a few theologians who would give you an argument on that.

    • Leela: You seem unhurt.
      Calib: There's no virtue in dying, Leela.
      Leela: That rather depends on what you do to avoid it.

    • Calib: It takes skill to use one of those [crossbows].
      The Doctor: What? At this range? No, all it needs is a flick of the wrist.

    • Leela: Do you know the answer to everything?
      The Doctor: Yes, well, no, no. Answers are easy. It's asking the right questions which is hard.

    • The Doctor: Are you taking charge here?
      Calib: Well, do you object?
      Leela: I object!
      Calib: Leela, I don't expect you to like me.
      Leela: Then you won't be disappointed.

    • The Doctor: Odd feeling.
      Leela: What is?
      The Doctor: Standing in my own throat is.

  • NOTES (0)


    • "William Tell he was called."

      The Doctor claims to have learned crossbow shooting form William Tell, a 14th century Swiss folk hero who, among other feats, allegedly shot an apple off his son's head.