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Doctor Who: The Face of Evil

Tom Baker , Louise Jameson , Pennant Roberts    Unrated   DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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When Leela, a young huntress of the Sevateem tribe first encounters the Doctor, she calls him "the evil one" to which the Doctor disarmingly says, "Well, nobody's perfect, but that's overstating it a little. Would you like a jelly baby?"
So begins his association with one of his most memorable companions, she of the chamois leather outfit, leaving her arms and legs bare, but don't mess with her, as she knows how to use a knife and Janis thorns, weapons that paralyze, then kill.
Leela has been banished from the Sevateem for saying that their god Xoanon, doesn't exist. However, that's not all going on with the tribe. There's a power struggle going between Neeva, the shaman who claims personal contact with Xoanon, and Calib, whose belief is tenuous, but wants nothing more than to have Neeva exposed as a fraud and charlatan. The Sevateem want to liberate Xoanon from the Tesh, their sworn enemies who live beyond the wall in a mountain, however, the Evil One's invisible energy creatures prevent anything from happening.
The Doctor and Leela go to the mountain, where he says, "I must have made quite an impression," for he sees his own face carved on the mountainside like Mount Rushmore. Trouble is, he can't remember when he first came to the planet. Also, the voice of Xoanon is his own! But does Xoanon have all his marbles? At one point, it says "At last us... you, me, us, we... at last I shall be free of us!" When the Doctor asks Xoanon who he is, Xoanon asks back "Don't I know?"
Paradise comes from the Avestan (ancient Persian) word meaning "walled-in enclosure." In that vein, Leela says of Xoanon, "he dwells within the black wall wherein lies paradise." This draws on the theme of an ideal place made safe from evil by a wall.
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When Leela, a young huntress of the Sevateem tribe first encounters the Doctor, she calls him "the evil one" to which the Doctor disarmingly says, "Well, nobody's perfect, but that's overstating it a little. Would you like a jelly baby?" When they hear some ominous growls, he tells her "Do you have four friends with very bad colds or are we in danger?" She says, "They're your creatures." Has he been here before?
So begins his association with one of his most memorable companions, she of the chamois leather outfit, leaving her arms and legs bare, but don't mess with her, as she knows how to use a knife and Janis thorns, weapons that paralyze, then kill.
Leela has been banished from the Sevateem for saying that their god Xoanon, doesn't exist. However, that's not all going on with the tribe, whose gesture to ward evil coincidentally resembles the sequence for checking seals on a Starfall 7 spacesuit. There's a power struggle going between Neeva, the shaman who claims personal contact with Xoanon, and Calib, whose belief is tenuous, but wants nothing more than to have Neeva exposed as a fraud and charlatan. The Sevateem want to liberate Xoanon from the Tesh, their sworn enemies who live beyond the wall in a mountain, however, the Evil One's invisible energy creatures prevent anything from happening.
The Doctor and Leela go to the mountain, where he says, "I must have made quite an impression," for he sees his own face carved on the mountainside like Mount Rushmore. Trouble is, he can't remember when he first came to the planet. The two go inside the mountain to solve the mystery of Xoanon, whom they hear communicating to Neeva. And the voice of Xoanon is his own! But does Xoanon have all his marbles? At one point, it says "At last us... you, me, us, we...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Then I saw my face and now I've got Leela June 30 2002
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This story is another in the darker period of Doctor Who. Having jettisoned the increasingly Andy Pandy jump-suited Sarah Jane Smith before an apparently final battle with the Master, the Doctor foregoes his Presidency to return to roaming around the Galaxy.
The plot has been laid out by several reviewers before me and I will not travel that well trodden road any further. Suffice to say that the character of Leela clearly is intended to attract an older audience but at the same time, the darker stories required a much stronger character than the Sarah Jane Smith types in order for the plots to work. Leela is certainly that, a savage killer, brought up to kill or be killed, she is uneducated but not stupid. She has an instinct which saves them more than once and is yet very protective of the Doctor.
Part of the charm of this character was that she served as a role model for many other female actresses in British drama as an independent person, capable of holding her own with men.
The story is the first to acknowledge that time travel can have unintended future consequences which alters the future in a way never thought of. The two tribes are also symbolic of the way our modern society has developed into an environmental side as opposed to a scientific, technological side. The monster, not by accident, is the same as the monster in that classic sci-fi movie, whose name escapes me, but which is created through the scienytist's id when using alien machinery.
A very impressive story to have on video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Très bon service et produit.
Merci,
Gabriel Daniel
Published 1 month ago by Gabriel Daniel
3.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Leela!
This story is the introduction to new companion Leela and while i liked Leela as a companion, this story isn't the best. Not the worst but no more then a three star.
Published 3 months ago by Marcus Almighty
5.0 out of 5 stars The Face of God
Dr. Who arrives on an unnamed planet in the middle of a bloody war between to completely different tribes - one physical, courageous and strong-the other, mental, psychic and... Read more
Published on April 8 2002 by "waymakerjim"
4.0 out of 5 stars The very powerful & the very stupid have one thing in common
Coming right on the heels of THE DEADLY ASSASSIN, THE FACE OF EVIL shifts the series away from its earlier, "cozy" format, and in a pretty permanent sort of way. Read more
Published on April 3 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars At its best!
This is Dr. Who at its best, in my opinion. The story is strong and intricate; the science is integral to the plot's resolution; the one liners from Baker are witty, instead of... Read more
Published on March 8 2002 by kentuckyreader
3.0 out of 5 stars Louise
This is the first story for Louise Jammeson (Leela) In which The Doctor (Tom Baker) meets a schitziod computer of the doctor. some neat monstors but some preety hoaky ones too. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Witty lines, average story
Chris Boucher's flair for the one-liner was evident in every script he penned for the series, and The Face of Evil is no exception. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2000 by M. Wilson
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