The Master returns for yet another run at taking over the Earth in the 59th serial The Deamons. It's a 5 part story that first aired May 22 1971 and ran through June 19th. It's the last serial of the 8th season and Jon Pertwee is in the Doctor's seat. His assistant is Jo Grant, played by Katy Manning, and she is watching a BBC 3 program about an archaeological dig of an infamous bronze age burial mound called the Devil's Hump. It's a mound of dirt not a place where the Devil got his end away. The Doc jumps to a conclusion and he takes Jo along to stop the digging. They arrive too late and the Doc gets knocked out. Don't worry he'll wake up eventually. The Master is the town's new Vicar and he's found that the dig site is an alien spaceship with immense power. The Doc pops up from his snooze and explains The Deamon's come to Earth thousands of years ago. In fact, the alien race, is the reason people believe in demons and the devil. The Master wants to use the alien technology to take over. There's plenty of running about in the Wiltshire countryside where the location shooting took place. There was so much shot outdoors that the production had two weeks of location shooting instead of the usual one. In typical BBC fashion they only had the usual amount of editing time making for rushed work.
The inside sets are pretty good. There's a bit of action, including a Morris Dance, and people get caught and tied up so they can escape later. The Deamon is finally destroyed by Jo's selflessness. The Master and his acolytes escape before the Deamon self implodes and the church blows up. Luckily the Master is caught and everyone does a fertility dance. It's a pretty silly story, not a favorite, and the science - magic idea is kind of goofy. There's are the usual featurettes, episode commentary and photo gallery on the second disc of the two disc set.