Doctor lands on a planet where he is captured by a tribe which calls itself
the Sevateem. Thee Doctor survives the Test of the Horda. He discovers
that the god Xoanon revered by the Sevateem is a giant computer which
has developed a split personality after having been reprogrammed long
ago by the Doctor with his own brain patterns. To correct his mistake
the Doctor and a group of warriors from the Sevateem invade the sanctuary
of Xoanon and encounter another tribe, the Tesh, who have developed destructive
psychic powers. The Doctor succeeds in removing his brain patterns from
Xoanon and in reconciling the two warring tribes. Leela, a Sevateern warrior
who befriends the Doctor, slips into the TARDIS and follows the Doctor
in pursuit of adventure.
The Doctor: Tom
Andor: Victor Lucas
Tomas: Brendan Price
Sole: Colin Thomas
Neeva: David Garfield
Lugo: Lloyd McGuire
Guards: Tom Kelly, Brett Forrest
Jabel: Leon Eagles
Gentek: Mike Elles
Acolyte: Peter Baldock
voices of Xoanon: Tom Baker, Rob Edwards,
Pamela Salem, Anthony Frieze, Roy Herrick
Crowd voices: Alan Charles
Assassins: David Nichol, Harry Fielder
Script Editor: Robert Holmes
Writer: Chris Boucher
Costume: John Bloomfield
Make up: Ann Ailes
Visual Effects: Matt Irvine
Music: Dudley Simpson
Novelized as "Doctor Who and The Face of Evil" by
Terrance Dicks (0 426 20006 3) first published by W H Allen (now Virgin
Publishing Ltd) in 1978 with cover by Jeff Cummins. New edition in 1993
as "Doctor Who - the Face of Evil"
with cover by Alister Pearson. Target library number 25.
In May 1989 it was paired with "Doctor
Who and the Sunmakers" to become the last of Star Books' "Doctor
Who Classics" releases (0 352 32417 1). The book was formed by
gluing together surplus copies of the two novelisations within a single
Face of Evil"
was united with two other season fourteen stories,
and "The Robots of Death" and was released in the USA
as "The Further Adventures of Doctor Who". The book was
only available through book clubs and only as a hardback. The publishers
were Nelson Doubleday, Inc. and the artist's signature (Daniel Horne)
on the cover is dated 1985.
as "The Face Of Evil", in the UK in episodic format,
May 1999 (BBCV6672).
Released in the US and Canada by Warner (E1402) with photomontage cover.
title for this story was the "The Day God Went Mad"
Pamela Salem and Rob Edwards provide two of the voices of Xoanon. Both
actors were at the time rehearsing for the following story, "The
Robots of Death".
All four episodes
exist in color on videotape.
recording in Stage TC3. (11-12, 25-26 October
2 - Just before the Doctor is put to the test at
the end of the episode, he is taken to the pit and says, "So that's
a Horda". The poor little Horda he's talking about is quite obviously
being pulled along on a just-visible thin wire.
3 - The Doctor is trying to enter
Xoanon's Sacred Temple, but there is a Tesh standing guard with a blaster.
The Doctor and Leela lure him away from the door, where Leela knocks the
guard out, sending the blaster spinning off down the corridor behind her.
The Doctor looks at the unconscious Tesh, and heads off towards Xoanon.
Leela follows, but not before bending straight down and picking up the
blaster from right next to the Tesh.
4 - Though the gun beams rarely
come straight out of the nozzle, in one scene this fact is very apparent.
At the beginning of the episode, Leela enters the "Sacred Chamber"
to rescue the Doctor from Xoanon and shoots at the walls. Her arm moves
the gun around quite a bit, but this has no effect on the beam it emits.
It continues to flow outwards from the same point, far away from the gun
4 - A few scenes later, Leela's
mind is taken over by Xoanon and she attempts to shoot the Doctor with
one of the Tesh's guns. In avoiding the beam, he jumps up, turns and comes
toward the camera while Leela is shooting. Though the beam is supposed
to be behind him (Leela is standing farther from the camera than he is),
it appears in front of him, because the special effects technicians didn't
fix the scene up.
? - Leela seems to have trouble
with Calib's name, as she alternates between pronouncing it "Kallib"
? - I'd love to hear the writer
of this story explain how invisible "creatures" composed purely
of energy are capable of leaving footprints...