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Published on March 9th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

The Mind of Evil – in Full Colour?!

Here’s an interesting snippet we missed out on a few weeks back concerning the upcoming DVD release of The Mind of Evil, which is expected to be available to buy at some point before the end of 2013.

At the recent Gallifrey con Radio Free Skaro interviewed Steve Roberts whose work as a lead on the Doctor Who Restoration Team is well known, even if his name isn’t.

Concerning the release of The Mind of Evil it is extremely likely that all episodes will be in full colour, which is obviously marvellous news as it means that mining the colour from the video-to-film black and white copies has been successful. Additionally, colour recovery – courtesy of the chromadot process – is better than that of Planet of the Daleks. Ambassadors of Death has also been given the chromadot restoration treatment, so we can look forward to that too!

You can find out more in Radio Free Skaro #296 – Cleaning Up The Corn Field.

However of almost equal importance comes the news that episode one of The Mind of Evil has no chromadots, and has therefore been colourized by YouTube’s Babelcolor, the genius who has worked on many classic black and white episodes.

Babelcolor’s usual method is to colour frames by hand, although on this occasion only specific frames have ben coloured, with software used to colour those in between.

It’s exciting news and we hope to have more soon…

(Thanks to the Prof)


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

8 Responses to The Mind of Evil – in Full Colour?!

  1. avatar Philip Bates says:

    That’s probably the coolest YouTube video I’ve ever seen. Amazing stuff, all down to a huge amount of dedication. Incredible.

    I’m really looking forward to Ambassadors of Death – that one’s always fascinated me.

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    I’m curious about what method was used on part one of Invasion of the dinosaurs though. That colorization was absolutely horrible. whatever they do on these upcoming DVDs I hope it’s different. Either way, I’m really looking forward to Ambassadors of Death and Mind of Evil.

    • avatar gordon says:

      They used colour recovery but due to the poor print a full gammet colour recovery wasnt possible.

      I think with the schedule this year being pretty full and the ammount of work still to do on mind of evil i think a 2012 release might be a bit optimistic

  3. For those interested, and because it wasn’t included in the article, here’s a link to the podcast featuring the Steve Roberts interview:

    Radio Free Skaro #296 – Cleaning Up The Corn Field

    Radio Free Skaro

    • Thanks Chris, apols for omitting the link

  4. avatar Gavin Noble says:

    Babelcolor is a genius. I heartily reocmmend his You Tube channel to everyone. Aside from his colourisation work his tributes to The Brig and Lis Sladen last year were incredible and his work on The Ten Doctors deserves to feature on a DVD release in 2013 for the 50th anniversary!

  5. avatar Phideaux Xavier says:

    wow, that is sooooooo impressive. I would re-buy every single DW dvd if he colourised them all!

  6. avatar Brian says:

    Mind of Evil – Is this the last Pertwee adventure to be released?
    Got to wait up to a year for it to come out! Just finished watching the Ambassadors of Death and Invasion of the Dinosaurs and they were both superb adventures – Along with Terror of the Autons and The Silurians they are my favourite Pertwee adventures alhough I haven’t seen Mind of Evil yet.

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