The Face of Evil
 

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Starring: Tom Baker & Louise Jameson
By:Chris Boucher
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Editions:  UK UK | Australia Australia | US US
Note:Includes a short "bonus feature" — a 5-minute appearance by Louise Jameson on the BBC children's programme Multi-Coloured Swap Shop in 1977 to publicise her debut on Doctor Who.

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Edition: UK UK
When:  May 1999
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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The TARDIS lands on a planet the Doctor doesn't recognise — but its inhabitants seem to know him. They think he's the Evil One and aren't pleased to see him.

Two warring tribes occupy the planet: the savage Sevateem and the reclusive Tesh, separated from each other by a deadly energy field. When the Sevateem believe their God, Xoanon, to be a captive of the Tesh, they decide to break thriough the barrier and rescue him. The Tesh, however, have other ideas.

Befriended by Leela, a Sevateem girl who dares to question the mighty Xoanon, the Doctor sets out to discover exactly what's happening on this planet. Has he been here before? Is he responsible for the tribal wars? And can it possibly be that Xoanon, the mad God, is really the Doctor?

Introducing Louise Jameson as the fearless warrior Leela, this thought-provoking story was originally broadcast 1 - 22 January 1977. Includes special bonus interview — Louise Jameson on Swap Shop, originally broadcast 12 February 1977.

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Edition: Australia Australia
When:  June 1999
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Note:  The original release was recalled when it was discovered that the Swap Shop "bonus feature" was accidentally left out.

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Same as UK edition, except for some minor edits to the final paragraph:

This thought-provoking story introduces Louis Jameson as the fearless warrior Leela. Includes special bonus interview — Louise Jameson on Swap Shop in 1977.

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Edition: US US
When:  March 2000
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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The Doctor arrives on a new planet and befriends Leela, a primitive savage armed with a knife, who is inclined to stab first and ask questions later. Leela has been turned out of her tribe into the jungle realm of deadly invisible monsters. The Doctor learns her people, the Sevateem, are at the mercy of their cruel God, Xoanon. Their enemies, the Tesh, live in a space ship hidden behind a time barrier, created and controlled by Xoanon, the giant computer that controls everything on the planet. The Doctor is puzzled when the Sevateem call him "The Evil One," and even more puzzled when he discovers a giant carved idol resembling him. But the answers come clear when he finds himself face to face with... himself.



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