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For some reason I'm constantly surprised by how grounded in reality a lot of the Pertwee era feels. There's obviously something about being embedded within an Earth organisation, but in some ways it's the details: travelling places by car, using locations to represent themselves. It happens in other eras as well of course, but there's something about the style of Pertwee stories that seeks to makes even its more outrageous ideas seem more everyday - at least some of the time (I'm not about to claim Carnival of Monsters feels grounded in reality).

In The Mind of Evil it is particularly the prison sequences (and the storming of the prison by the army) that convey this feeling, similar perhaps to the way I was struck by the high profile presence of the army in Claws of Axos. This may be because Doctor Who often treats even the presence of soldiers by populating the background of a scene with a couple of extras so it is a bit startling when you have lots of people on screen scaling walls with ropes and so on.

The rest of the story doesn't quite work. It's not that its disparate elements: murders at an international peace conference; a new technique for "curing" prisoners; and a nerve gas missile convoy don't fit together but some of the plot connections between them are rather thin and its easy to forget how you reached point B in the story from point A. It is also quite a convoluted plan on the Master's part, but then the Master likes over-convoluted plans so that is probably fair enough.

It's a very good story for Jo, who organises a prison recapture, knocks out the odd rioting prisoner and generally holds the fort at Stangmoor Prison, despite the presence of the Master, his henchfolk and an evil mind parasite. This shouldn't need saying, but it does.

All Pertwee stories are watchable, and nearly all of them are solid from a plot point of view. It's not my favourite era of Doctor Who and this isn't my favourite story from that era, but even so, I'd happily watch it again.

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Date: 2019-01-19 05:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nostalgia
I love this story, though the plot doesn't really gel for me and I think I still don't know what the actual plan was and why the prison is involved. Jo was indeed great in it. I've rewatched this one a lot, mostly for Delgado.

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Date: 2019-01-20 02:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nostalgia
The ONLY WAY the Master makes any sense to me at all is if they're desperate for the Doctor to pay attention to them!

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Date: 2019-01-21 11:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nostalgia
The perfect knowing that comes from True Love?

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Date: 2019-01-20 04:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] liadtbunny
I do enjoy 'The Mind of Evil' but I don't consider it a Dr Who story, it's like an action adventure show sort of like a grittier ITC show that just happens to have the Dr in it. And it has the Brig doing a 'common accent' and the Master phoning the Dr up.

Yay, Jo! Her main misfortune was in being sandwiched in between Liz Shaw and Sarah Jane.

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Date: 2019-01-21 10:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] louisedennis.livejournal.com
Yes! Jo is massively under-rated and I think partly its being between Liz and Sarah and partly because she's so much less in-your-face about her competence than they are.

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