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The Face of Evil

It’s a cautionary tale of fixing a computer when you don’t know what you’re doing, but was it a good choice for a BBC repeat over Christmas?
ILLUSTRATION: JAMIE LENMAN

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BBC FOUR

BROADCAST 21 & 22 December 2015 | FIRST BROADCAST 1-22 January 1977

BBC Four wanted a Doctor Who that had originally aired around Christmas for an unusual festive repeat. The Face of Evil launched the second half of Tom Baker’s third series on 1 January 1977, but it doesn’t have a particularly celebratory tone. The channel’s ultimate choice brings to mind The Watcher’s Guide to Christmas, a light-hearted trawl through Christmas past in 2011’s seasonal issue of DWM. The Barnet bypass bystander awarded The Face of Evil only two Christmas puddings out of five; judging the Doctor Who of Christmas 1976 and New Year 1977 only marginally more festive than The Krotons – another story that just happened to find itself schedule around the holidays. Nevertheless, The Face of Evil wasn’t a bad selection…

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Contents include: Steven Moffat answers questions on Heaven Sent; Alex Kingston and Paul McGann interviews; a feature on Doctor Who Weetabix cards of the 1970s; Fact of Fiction – Death the Daleks; Time Team – The Eleventh Hour; reviews of The Husbands of River Song, The Wheel in Space and The Face of Evil; Christmas Quiz answers; Comic Strip – The Dragon Lord Part 2.