Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New depths to the Master's villainy

One of my favourite Doctor Who stories is The Mind of Evil. For my reasons I can do no better than refer you to my review on the Doctor Who Ratings Guide. However this story has sadly only existed as a black & white film recording for over thirty years now.

But all is not lost. Recently a special process has been developed that extracts colour information from the black & white copy to restore it to colour - some of you may have seen the results when BBC2 transmitted a restored Dad's Army episode last December. Now the process has been applied to some Doctor Who episodes, including at least one episode of The Mind of Evil.

And being able to see things in colour will reveal many things. For example in one scene the Master disguises himself as a workman wearing a football scarf. Now, courtesy of a post by Steve Roberts of the Doctor Who Restoration Team at this post on Roobarb's Forum, we know which team he supports:
Yes the master of chaos is wearing a Newcastle United scarf. And he's doing so in a tent that wouldn't be too out of place at Sunderland AFC!

I hope that this is a teaser for a forthcoming full colour restoration of The Mind of Evil so that it can be enjoyed in all its original glory.

2 comments:

Joseph JJ Griffiths said...

It would be great if this was released in colour. Obviously Planet of the Daleks has been re-coloured, so hopefully it's not too much of a nightmare to do this one. I am a great fan of the Jon Pertwee era, and the more out on DVD the better - we've still not had many!!

PBA said...

Have you read the fanfic where the Master gets up to no good in Newcastle upon Tyne?

(According to the author, the Master was responsible for Mary Bell's killing spree...)

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