The Black Archive #27: The Face of Evil
 

No. 27 of 40 in the Black Archive books series
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By:Thomas Rodebaugh
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When:  9 January 2019
ISBN:978-1-909031-81-4
Format: paperback
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Note:  A print-on-demand edition (linked via the Lulu logo above) was released in February 2019 to allow Australia/NZ readers to order the book with much cheaper postage costs. It is identical to the original version, except for having a glossy cover instead of the original's matt cover.

Cover blurb:
'The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common...'

Originally titled 'The Day God Went Mad', Chris Boucher's The Face of Evil (1977), features a giant stone idol of the fourth Doctor and the introduction of his 'savage' companion Leela. Viewing the serial through a psychological lens, this volume of the Black Archive puts the insane computer Xoanon on the couch for analysis, while also examining the stereotypes of 'madness', and Freudian explanations for behaviour, that pervade Doctor Who.

Thomas L Rodebaugh is a psychologist and an associate professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University.

THE BLACK ARCHIVE:
Book-length looks at single Doctor Who stories from 1963 to the present day

"A grandly ambitious thing to attempt with something as exhaustively detailed as (Doctor Who). But they actually manage it. Treat your bookshelf."
—Doctor Who Magazine



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