"Kill the Tesh!" is the battle cry of the Sevateem tribe, on whose jungle planet the TARDIS, an interplanetary time machine, has landed. These primitives mistake the good Doctor for the so-called Evil One. "Nobody's perfect," he responds. "But that's overstating things a little." The Sevateem believe that the dreaded Evil One is working on behalf of the Tesh, whom they claim is holding their god, Xoanon, captive. For the casual viewer, what follows may be a tad confusing, but it all boils down to a previously downed spacecraft and its computer, which at some point in the past the Doctor tried to repair and inadvertently gave a split personality.
This four-episode Doctor Who adventure hails from the venerable sci-fi series' 14th season. It stars Tom Baker, the fourth and the most popular of the seven actors who have portrayed the Time Lord, which is reason enough for collectors to add it to their video library. Baker, with his rumpled charm and dry wit, is as ever unflappable, even when gazing upon his image carved Mount Rushmore-style into a mountainside. Which is not to say he can't be roused to action. Brandishing a bag of sweets, he bluffs Sevateem attackers, "Drop your weapons, or I'll kill him with this deadly jelly baby."
For the legion of Doctor Who fans, The Face of Evil is also of note for the introduction of Louise Jameson as Leela, the banished, scantily clad Sevateem warrior who would become the Doctor's traveling companion. According to a bonus interview segment that precedes the episodes, her character was created to give the series more adult appeal. Mission accomplished. --Donald Liebenson