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April 17th, 2013 126 comments

Doctor Who The Mind of Evil DVD

dvd-mindofevilDoctor Who The Mind of Evil DVD

Professor Keller has created a machine that can pacify even the most dangerous of criminals.

But when the Doctor and Jo arrive at Stangmoor Prison for a demonstration, things start to go horribly wrong – especially when they discover that the Doctor’s old enemy the Master is responsible for the machine.

What could he possibly want from the criminals?

And what connects him with an impending World Peace Conference?

Starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, The Mind of Evil will be released, restored to full colour, on DVD in June 2013.

Previously released on VHS in black and white, after the colour masters of the story were junked, this DVD release sees all the episodes fully restored and re-mastered.

Disc 1 contents

  • 6 x 25 mins approx colour episodes with mono audio.
  • Commentary – stereo. With actors Katy Manning, Pik-Sen Lim and Fernanda Marlowe, director Timothy Combe, producer Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks and stunt arranger Derek Ware. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.
  • Programme subtitles.
  • Subtitle Production Notes.

Disc 2 contents

  • The Military Mind (dur. 22’ 43”) – shot back in 2009 on location at Dover Castle, this look at the making of the story is made unexpectedly poignant by the appearance of Nicholas Courtney and Barry Letts, who both passed away in the intervening years. Featuring actors Nicholas Courtney, Pik-Sen Lim and Fernanda Marlow, director Timothy Combe, producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks. Narrated by Cameron McEwan.
  • Now & Then (dur. 7’ 06”) – the latest in our long-running series visits the filming locations used in the story to see how they have changed over the years.
  • Behind the Scenes: Television Centre (dur. 24’ 00”) – back in 1971, at around the time The Mind of Evil was in production, presenter Norman Tozer visited Television Centre to find out what went on over 24 hours in the life of what was then an incredibly busy ‘television factory’.
  • Photo Gallery – production, design and publicity photos from the story.
  • Coming Soon – a trailer for a forthcoming DVD release
  • Radio Times Listings and the 1971 Kellogs Sugar Smacks promotion in PDF format.


vhs-double-boxmind-evilOriginal VHS cover and information

Originally made In colour, this exciting six-part story now exists only in black and white. But as a special bonus, the only surviving colour footage from The Mind of Evil – approximately five minutes from episode six – is included on the end of this tape!

The Doctor and Jo are investigating a revolutionary new way of treating psychotic criminals at Stangmoor Prison – a machine invented by one Professor Keller that literally sucks the evil out of a mans brain. But when the process is complete, what is left behind – a saint or a simpleton?

It transpires that Professor Keller is The Doctors arch enemy The Master. The machine actually houses a deadly mind para site The Master has taken to Earth for his own evil ends, He intends to use it to sabotage the global peace conference UNIT is policing, thus bringing Earth to the brink of war. And when he takes over the prison and hijacks a missile that could wipe out half of Europe, it seems the cards are stacked firmly in his favour. Meanwhile, the mind parasite is growing stronger all the time, killing anyone in its path by making them experience that which they fear the most.

Can the Doctor defeat both the Master and the parasite while preventing the world’s powers from embarking on all out nuclear war?

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  • Robert Adams

    March 3rd, 2014 - 6:10pm

    Hey, this is the first Dr Who Classic I got! It’s an awesome episode, and an awesome tribute to Roger Delgado and Jon Pertwee.


    June 15th, 2013 - 12:19am

    just finished watching the long awaited dvd release of ‘the mind of evil’-fantastic!,well worth the very long wait for’restoration’team to work their magic,jon pertwee was my first doctor,loved early tom baker era-but the series started to go downhill after producer philip hinchcliffe moved on,so,for me,the jon pertwee era represents the series’golden age’

    • josh smith

      June 15th, 2013 - 8:21am

      tom bakers best season is the key to time

    • Scott the Raptor

      June 15th, 2013 - 9:04am

      Really? The only story that I enjoyed from that series was ‘The Androids of Tara’. My favourite Tom Baker series is his second.

  • Scott the Raptor

    June 5th, 2013 - 8:27pm

    My Mum got me this from Asda today.

  • Anonymous

    June 4th, 2013 - 5:38pm

    i know this isn’t relevant, but SOME of the region 1 dvds are going to be stopped being made (19 classic stories btw),

    the stories that going out of print are : the rescue, the romans, the war games, the invasion, planet of the spiders, frontios and others (can’t remember tho sorry).

    • Anonymous

      June 4th, 2013 - 5:43pm

      from previous message:
      BBC Worldwide Americas have confirmed a list of 19 classic series Doctor Who DVDs being deleted from their catalog in 2013, meaning that when current stocks are are exhausted, they will no longer be available.

      The list of titles affected are: The Web Planet, The Time Meddler, The Gunfighters, Terror of the Autons, The Time Monster, black orhcid, time-flight, the awakenening, frontios, planet of fire, the mark of the rani, the 2 drs, ghostlight, battlefield, curse of fenric

  • matparks08

    May 28th, 2013 - 12:25pm

    Bit excited that I’ve just had a shipping confirmation of this – just got Inferno an hour ago and watched the coming soon trailer first. I have seen Mind of Evil before but don’t have much recollection of it so really looking forward to it.

    • josh smith

      May 28th, 2013 - 12:38pm

      omg my mom said cause i have spent over £100 i 1 week im not allowed to buy anyone dr who stuf 🙁

    • matparks08

      May 29th, 2013 - 9:56am

      …and has just arrived this morning – and on my day off too – perfect timing!!

    • matparks08

      May 29th, 2013 - 5:32pm

      Just watched it, it does get a bit repetitive with similar ‘cliff hangers’ but this probably wouldn’t have been noticed when it was shown over 6 weeks rather than 2 and a half hours. the coming soon trailer is for Spearhead on Blu-ray, and not done in the usual way for a coming soon trailer.

  • prof horner

    May 15th, 2013 - 7:48pm

    So sorry to hear the of the death of Norman Jones. The sixties and seventies Doctor Who was sold to the public by actors like Jones and Aubrey Woods. Rip gentleman .

  • Lachie

    May 9th, 2013 - 9:59am

    with possible Special Edition releases to come to bridge the gap left in-between the last animated releases until the end of the range, what releases are most likely to be released? l’m pretty Sure Gordon who knows mostly everything on the classic series dvd can help out with this one. I just don’t want people falling into a trap and buying say the Green Death months before a Special Edition arises such as what i did 🙁 in this case specifically The Leisure Hive, l’m thinking of getting that one tomorrow.

    • Lachie

      May 9th, 2013 - 10:05am

      l’d say EarthShock, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Pyramids of Mars, The Leisure Hive, Horror of Fang Rock, The Mind Robber, The Curse of Fenric and Ghost-Light are no doubt targets for a Special Edition with the only reason of course for re-release being their age.

    • drjakeyoung

      May 9th, 2013 - 10:12am

      This is the full list of possible special editions:
      The Dalek Invasion of Earth
      The Web Planet
      The Mind Robber
      Genesis of the Daleks
      Pyramids of Mars
      The Hand of Fear
      Horror of Fang Rock
      City of Death
      The Leisure Hive
      The Mark of the Rani
      The Two Doctors
      Revelation of the Daleks
      Ghost Light
      The Curse of Fenric

      with a possible invasion of the dinosaurs SE as episode 1 can be redone by bablecolor.

    • The Greater Intelligence

      May 15th, 2013 - 12:55pm

      I’d also say the entire ‘Mew Beginnings’ boxset for other reasons, but your list sounds spot on from basic memory since I don’t have my list right now.

    • The Greater Intelligence

      May 16th, 2013 - 1:54am

      If I had the choice of timing, these are my choices, from least to greatest want, of how they should be released:
      15. The Leisure Hive
      14. Revelation Of The Daleks
      13. The Web Planet
      12. The Dalek Invasion Of Earth
      11. The Two Doctors
      10. The Mind Robber
      9. The Curse Of Fenric
      8. Pyramids Of Mars
      7. The Mark Of The Rani
      6. Genesis Of The Daleks
      5. The Hand Of Fear
      4. Earthshock
      3. Ghost Light
      2. City Of Death
      1. Horror Of Fang Rock

  • bsmith

    April 24th, 2013 - 12:27pm

    hally timelord theve brought out the mind of evil the long waited jon pertwee dr who dvd

  • Lachie

    April 21st, 2013 - 10:53pm

    seeing the region 2 cover, makes me feel like l’m getting used to it a little. The cover is indeed way to simple for the amount of effort and anticipation for this release, why purple though? l’m sure not everyone gets what colour spine release they would prefer but this one feels out of place with the drama within the story

    • The Greater Intelligence

      April 24th, 2013 - 2:26pm

      A couple weeks ago the BBC released a sneak peak at the ‘Terror Of The Zygons’cover where it showed only the Doctor’s face. It’s (from the square inch reference) going to be VHS style where they draw the faces instead of an actual picture and will be golden yellow. Why purple for ‘The Mind Of Evil’, why yellow for ‘Terror Of The Zygons’?

    • celestial toymaker

      April 25th, 2013 - 8:31am

      Making them colourful aren’t they

    • Lachie

      April 25th, 2013 - 10:58am

      oh really?! is there a way to see it still? it would be awesome to see it even if it will no doubt be a bad dvd cover from what you have said. I would always think Mind of Evil to be an orange and no doubt Zygons to be a brown. Don’t get me wrong i like colour but sometimes you just can’t agree with it, kinda like the older release of The Green Death being red although in my opinion i kinda liked that.

    • The Greater Intelligence

      April 25th, 2013 - 1:59pm

      On twitter, BBC Worldwide sent out a tweet with an exclusive link and It would probably still be there, but that would be months ago.

    • The ergon

      April 26th, 2013 - 12:38pm

      Its good. It has everything apart from strangmoor prison on the cover.Everything thats relevant to the story.

  • The Fourth Doctor

    April 20th, 2013 - 8:35am

    I have not seen this story, but according to all of the hype I have heard in reviews and comments about this story, the cover seems a bit too simple. I have always liked Clayton Hickman’s work, and I love Lee Binding; but I am not really on board with the digital drawing idea. I loved the Ark in Space SE and the Aztecs SE, but sometimes it looks weird, like the Claws of Axos SE. And Jon Pertwee’s face looks creepy with the paleness!

    • Johnny

      April 25th, 2013 - 9:36am

      You have all the main elements of the story on the cover, though: The Doctor, Jo Grant, The Master, The Keller Machine, Mind Parasite and the Thunderbolt missiles.

  • Gordon

    April 19th, 2013 - 11:58pm

    Slightly Conected with the pertwee era the galaxy 4 webshop have a couple of items up for preorder. Return to devils end and the white witch of devil’s end. Return to devil’s end is the classic documentary where the cast of the daemons return to the locations and the white witch of devils end is a new spin off with Miss hawthorne from the daemons. There is also a limited edition box set with both dvds andan exclusive 3rd disc full of extras

  • Harold Saxon

    April 19th, 2013 - 12:10am

    This is the one i am eagerly anticipating,it’s an absolute classic.

    • Anonymous

      April 19th, 2013 - 6:42pm

      Me too ! What are youre top 5 classics ?

  • kiwi63

    April 18th, 2013 - 10:11am

    cover’s mostly good exept the masters face is not for that body, like the brig in the inferno dvd cover

    • celestial toymaker

      April 18th, 2013 - 10:59am

      And the doctor looks really, really old

    • josh smith

      April 19th, 2013 - 6:40pm

      he is old…..

  • Connor

    April 17th, 2013 - 11:10pm

    The mind of evil is a brilliant story! The cover looks actually better then seeing it in region 2 format. It should of been red but most of the dvds are red and purple does do this story justice and its a creepy, violent and scary story! The special features are awesome and this dvd is coming out in july! So im very excited and will preorder it when i can in Australia!

    • drjakeyoung

      April 18th, 2013 - 9:19am

      this is the region 2 format, it’s the region 1 that doesn’t look good.

    • Connor

      April 18th, 2013 - 9:52am

      Yea meant to say that just realized lol 😉

    • AlzieWhozie

      April 18th, 2013 - 10:01am

      I just adore this story, only UNIT could move a deadly weapon through the English countryside whilst a world peace conference is taking place! Not sure about the cover of the DVD though – has someone just goosed the Doctor???

  • Anonymous

    April 17th, 2013 - 7:43pm

    I suppose but they could’ve probably made it work.

  • Anonymous

    April 17th, 2013 - 6:37pm

    Well the cover is OK but I think they could’ve put much Moore on it

    • josh smith

      April 17th, 2013 - 6:48pm

      then it would look messy

    • Scott the Raptor

      July 15th, 2013 - 10:16am

      What else could they put on it? Where would it go?

  • Anonymous

    April 17th, 2013 - 6:20pm

    The mind of evil is a vary wel written story and it will be really cool to see it in coulor but seriously? they had to choose that cover?

    • josh smith

      April 17th, 2013 - 6:28pm

      the covers good

    • hobbit dalek

      April 17th, 2013 - 7:50pm

      the cover needs work its good just needs work

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