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The Mind of Evil: Episode 3 (tx: 13/02/71)

In Fiction: en route to Dover Castle (and more dastardly crimes), the Master takes time to relax in his private car to the weird sounds of King Crimson on his hand-held radio.

The track may simply have been chosen to demonstrate the Master's artful, avant-garde tastes; but it’s quite interesting to speculate as to what he’s really up to here. He certainly looks very pleased with himself as he switches the music off and his car pulls up… could the song contain a secret code, giving the location of the castle? (Try playing it backwards…) The same radio was used earlier in the episode to spy a private telephone call made by the Brigadier; perhaps the Master has planted a bug in the UNIT office, and it’s actually the Brig who is listening to the record? Or is the Master listening-in to King Crimson’s recording session?

In Fact: progressive rock band King Crimson – founded by guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Michael Giles in 1968 – were particularly fond of Holst’s Mars from The Planets suite; The Devil’s Triangle is an obvious descendant of it, mirroring its long build-up and complicated changes of rhythm. The full track is in 3 parts, comprising: (i) Mereday Morn, (ii) Hand of Sceiron and (iii) Garden of Worm, and runs to over 11 minutes. The 8 seconds (!) featured in the episode comes from 4 minutes into the track, at what is possibly the beginning of the 'Hand of Sceiron' section.

The Devil's Triangle - King Crimson

Cuts: a mere 8 seconds of this incidental piece is heard, 12 minutes into the episode, though the production records show that up to 17 seconds were cleared for use.

Releases (prior to broadcast): King Crimson: ‘In The Wake of Poseidon’ (LP, Island ILPS-9217), released 15th May 1970. The Devil’s Triangle is the penultimate track on Side B.

Availability: the complete, 11-minute track has been available since November 2004 on the CD reissue of ‘In The Wake of Poseidon’ (CD, DMG DGM0502). The scene was released unedited on VHS in 1998 (BBCV6361).