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3.4 - The Evil One

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/1/15 1:55 am
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The Evil One written and directed by Nick Briggs with music by Jamie Robertson is a good old fashioned space adventure. It’s quite odd actually, the music in this series has been mainly orchestral, but with lots of modern sounds inserted into its audio profile. It's the same with the writing in this one, on the one hand, we have the usual divide, capture and rescue; however, there are also a lot of modern space elements to this: the unexpected return of an old adversary and an emotive ending.

Something has been reaching into Leela's mind, through the space-time vortex. Meanwhile, the Tardis has landed on a luxury Cargo Liner, during a spate of disappearances of both ships and crew. While, looking for the crew The Doctor and Leela stumble upon Interplanetary Police Inspector Efendi, just before the Salonu - a race of giant telepathic insects made from living metal - pounce.

A lot of, this is almost tangential to Leela's experiences throughout. The intrusions into her mind are starting to evoke thoughts of her father and feelings of sadness. This actually bookends the narrative but plays a part throughout, as Leela has a different perspective thrust upon her, fighting the dark influence throughout. Louise Jameson does as you would expect, a marvellous job bringing this to life, and we get a rare insight into Leela's psyche. The way the writer pushes the character's boundaries is new and fresh against the very traditional plot.

The first two series of 'The Fourth Doctor Adventures' were erratic and inconsistent; whereas, I am now halfway through the third series, and each audio has been extremely good, yet in a very different way. This is both engaging and memorable, but not quite at the level of the first three this series. Still very enjoyable, though.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/25/15 10:25 am
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The Evil One isn't a bad story but it is deeply flawed. The gathering of the Doctor, Leela, and Geoffrey Beevers as the Master can pay great benefits as could be seen in the Series 1 story, the Oseidon Adventure and the first two parter of Series 4 with the Requiem for the Rocket Men. However, this story suffers from plot contrivances and some very weak dialogue.

I had a mixed feeling on how the Master brought Leela under his control. In the Oseidon Adventure she'd been unsusceptible to his typical hypnosis, but here he takes a different tact, manipulating here over her guilt over the death of her father and penetrating into the depths of the TARDIS. On one hand, it's nice to have the Master using a variety of mental control, and having some work and others don't. On the other, the story doesn't acknowledge the Master's earlier failed efforts, and the Master reaching into the TARDIS to mind control was something that the Master would later do on Kamelion.

Also, the Solonu are voiced by Nick Briggs and they do really sound like wannabe Daleks.

I did like the idea of the Master basically transforming her entire life with the Sevreteen into a myth, with the true that she was the Evil One. The emotional core of the story was solid. The idea of Leela's blaming herself for her father's death and her feelings about him are powerful. The final scene is very moving as well as she deals with that. It's too bad the better elements were buried in an otherwise forgettable story.

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 8/5/14 2:55 am
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Evil One
This is a difficult one to review, and is possibly the poorest written of the series. The premises is summed up in a few sentences. The Master creates mind control, hiding behind the guise of inter stellar insurance company. He then using nano technology hijacks ships and kills the passengers and crew taking the cargo, and in the process. The Master takes control of Leela mind using her memories and gullibility to hypnotic suggestion.
The Dr and Leela land aboard one of these inter stellar luxury liner ships. To find everything consumed by these micro biological animals. Leela is captured by these taken back to where the master has set up. Leela now fully under the mind control turn Leela against the Dr and makes Leela believe all that is wrong with the world is down to him. Her low self-worth is heightened by the hypnotic suggestion of the Master.
The culmination of the episode is actually quite weak. However the end conversation between Louise and Tom will bring a tear to your eye. If nothing else the acting from all including Geoffrey playing the master is wonderful. It is shame the quality of the drama where not better.
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Reviewed By: jolyonReview Date: 7/9/14 5:22 pm
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In theory, this adventure should work well. It has a strong cast that put in good performances. I wonder if Geoffrey Beevers draws attention to the problem with this story in his interview on the extras. He comments that there have been times where writers have given the Master really interesting things to do, in 'Master' and in 'Mastermind'. This story is more standard storytelling - which is great, but it's not going to get 10/10. I may have missed the explanation as to how the Master came up with this completely bonkers plan in the first place. Frankly, his plan here is so mad, it is up there with some of the Anthony Ainley incarnation plots, which is a plus in my book!

Louise Jameson gets some moving material to play with again. She delivers the goods, as you would expect, but there is something that left me feeling cold come the conclusion - it wouldn't be fair to say that it's the fourth Doctor himself, but knowing that I love both the Master and Leela in this story, my mild indifference may be towards Tom Baker's performance.

Certainly a release I will want to reassess in the future. I also look forward to seeing others review this, to see if they can put their finger on where this doesn't seem to work.