Doctor Who: Season 6, Episode 9

The Mind Robber: Episode 4 (5 Oct. 1968)

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The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe reach the citadel at the centre of the land, where they finally encounter the Master of the Land of Fiction.

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The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe reach the citadel at the centre of the land, where they finally encounter the Master of the Land of Fiction.

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Robber of good story development! This tails off after a strong start.
17 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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This story is very similar in type to the William Hartnell era story The Celestial Toymaker. It is, like that story, a whimsical trip into a weird make believe world controlled by a sinister power. This idea was returned to again later in the classic series to some extent with aspects of a couple of stories and again in recent Moffatt/Matt Smith era series with Amy's Choice and to some extent The Doctor's Wife being derived from the same template.

The first episode has a surprise element with some dramatic and brilliantly unusual happenings such as an exploding TARDIS and an endless white void. It is very well done and provides an enticing, fascinating start to the story. Then there is a very good but not quite as brilliant second episode where the land of fiction, characters like Gulliver (speaking only lines he spoke in original text, a great idea very well executed) and a maze like forest of words provide a good amount of interest but less so than the opening episode. After that the gradual decline continues into a decent but rather unremarkable third episode and the not wholly successful, at times boring 4th and 5th episodes.

This has a disappointing lack of development after such a promising start. It must go down as a missed opportunity which would have been better as a two or three parter. Great first episode though.


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