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The Brain of Morbius: Part Four 

Morbius goes on the rampage, forcing the Doctor and Solon to team up to try and bring him back under control.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Colin Fay ...
Cynthia Grenville ...
Gillian Brown ...
Ohica (as Gilly Brown)
Sue Bishop ...
Janie Kells ...
Gabrielle Mowbray ...
Veronica Ridge ...
Michael Spice ...


Morbius goes on the rampage, forcing the Doctor and Solon to team up to try and bring him back under control.

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24 January 1976 (UK)  »

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This episode was watched by 10.2 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »


During the mind-bending sequence, Sarah calls the Doctor "Tom" (played by Tom Baker). See more »


Voice of Morbius: When it is learnt that I, Morbius, have returned from the grave, my followers will rise in their millions.
Doctor Who: You really can't go on calling yourself Morbius. There's very little of Morbius left. Why don't you think of another name? Potpourri would be appropriate.
Sarah Jane Smith: How about Chop Suey?
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S13: The Brain of Morbius: Enjoyable Gothic horror even if some aspects don't work as well as others
18 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The TARDIS arrives on a planet, with the Doctor convinced that this is not his usual error in plotting course, but rather the work of the Time Lords sending him to get involved in something that they themselves want dealt with but don't want to sully their hands with. His suspicions are soon enough confirmed correct, as the plant is home to the Sisterhood (who are the other group who share the secret of the Elixir of Life with the Time Lords), and Solon – a scientist working to return the consciousness of cast-out Time Lord Morbius into a new body.

Although there are elements of this serial that I think did not work particularly well, the vast majority of it is enjoyable for what it is. This is essentially an adoption of Frankenstein and Gothic horror put into the family-friend sci-fi setting. In this regard it is quite fun, and has solidly hammy performances which match the tone – and of course a lumbering and quite unsettling creation of a creature that Morbius will end up inside. Some of the narrative details don't really fit together, and I preferred the bits of the serial that dealt with Morbius more than those focused on the Sisterhood, but mostly it works. The idea of the disembodied consciousness is nicely done, and the design of the creature is good too. Okay, it does end up with the familiar slowly lumbering beast from which to escape, but it is pretty intimidating and while I don't agree with Mary Whitehouse's view on it, it is nicely meaty as a horror for younger viewers.

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