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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Good Doctor Who story.

Doctor Who: The Mind Robber: Episode 4 starts as the Doctor (Patrick Troughton) manages to defeat the Medusa (Sue Pulford) & save Zoe (Wendy Padbury) from being turned into stone, after then escaping the maze & defeating a comic book superhero named Karkus (Christopher Robbie) they join Jamie (Frazer Hines) in the castle on the hill. There they discover that whatever is written in the land of fiction becomes reality shortly after & are also summoned to face the Master (Emrys Jones) who reveals all...

Episode 9 from season 6 this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during October 1968, directed by David Maloney The Mind Robber has been something different from the usual Doctor Who story but that doesn't automatically make it any good. Luckily though it is good but not outstanding. The script by David Ling is finally getting to the point as the Doctor & the Master finally meet up after three & a half episodes which in essence feel like & amount to little more than a prolonged build up to this meeting. In fact since no other real person has been involved in the story (all the other character's so far have been taken from imaginary sources like fairy-tales & literature) it's hard to get worked up about anything that has gone before. There is a nice sense of novelty here & it's certainly different but it's nothing that I can get too excited about.

The thing that stood out during this episode was Karkus the superhero in what must be the lamest superhero costume ever put on screen, I'm not sure what the makers were trying to achieve here. It seems they wanted to beef the actor up & give him some muscles, it appears what they have done is fit him with a padded jumper with biceps, a six-pack & muscles painted on it! Needless to say it looks suitably odd & daft in equal measure. One more thing, what's happened to the life-size toy clockwork soldiers? They don't appear at all in Episode 4 yet easily being the most memorable aspect of the story so far for me although the white robots from Episode 1 return. The acting has been alright so far but there's been very few other people in it over the regular cast. Bernard Horsfall who plays Gulliver in The Mind Robber went on to appear in two more Doctor Who stories, the Jon Pertwee six parter Planet of the Daleks (1973) & the Tom Baker four parter The Deadly Assassin (1976).

The Mind Robber: Episode 4 is fine, there's nothing wrong with it & it continues an imaginative story which the BBC budget & technical limitations was also going to short change to some extent. Good but not great.


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