The BFI has announced that its planned screening of The Mind of Evil has been moved from Saturday 2nd March at 2.30pm to Sunday 10th March at 2.00pm.
The Mind of Evil is being shown as part of the organisation’s Doctor Who at 50 celebrations in which a Doctor Who story for each of the Eleven Doctors will be shown each month. An Unearthly Child is due to screen this month and The Tomb of the Cybermen will be shown in February.
But while the first two stories have already had extensive restoration work done to them, The Mind of Evil has been a work in progress for the last couple of years. In fact, the Doctor Who restoration team is still hard at work on the serial at this moment, with their complete re-colourisation of the story only becoming complete mere weeks before its premiere. The Mind of Evil has long been known as one of the Third Doctor serial to only survive in black and white for all of its six episodes with only a few minutes of colour footage here and there. The version that will be shown at the BFI will be fully restored to colour for episodes two to six and episode one will be colourised, as the surviving print did not contain enough information to make the recovery process possible.
Other Doctor Who adventures over the year are yet to be announced but the BFI has confirmed that it will show the digitally restored version of both the 1960’s Peter Cushing Dalek movies, The TV Movie starring Paul McGann (what else could you show for the Eighth Doctor?) and the premiere of An Adventure In Space And Time, the specially commissioned drama about Doctor Who’s genesis written by Mark Gatiss for the show’s fiftieth Anniversary.
These Doctor Who screenings are selling out like there’s no tomorrow, in fact An Unearthly Child and The Tomb of the Cybermen are already gone, so you may want to visit http://www.bfi.org.uk/ as soon as you can to try and grab tickets for the other showings.