Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Mind Robber: Episode 5 

With Jamie and Zoe having been turned into fiction, the Doctor must find a way to save them without suffering the same fate or becoming part of the Master Brain.

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David Maloney

Writer:

Peter Ling (by)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Troughton ... Dr. Who
Frazer Hines ... Jamie
Wendy Padbury ... Zoe
Emrys Jones ... The Master of the Land of Fiction
Bernard Horsfall ... Gulliver
Christopher Robbie Christopher Robbie ... Karkus
Christine Pirie Christine Pirie ... Princess Rapunzel
Barbara Loft Barbara Loft ... Child
Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Child (as Sylvestra Le Tozel)
Timothy Horton Timothy Horton ... Child
Christopher Reynalds Christopher Reynalds ... Child
David Reynalds David Reynalds ... Child
Martin Langley Martin Langley ... Child
John Greenwood John Greenwood ... D'Artagnan / Sir Lancelot
David Cannon David Cannon ... Cyrano
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With Jamie and Zoe having been turned into fiction, the Doctor must find a way to save them without suffering the same fate or becoming part of the Master Brain.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1968 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Ling wanted Zorro to appear, but this was vetoed for copyright reasons. A quotation from Walter de la Mare's 1912 poem The Listeners seems to have been excised due to similar concerns. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: No! Jamie, Zoe, run!
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Featured in The Fact of Fiction (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 7 in E major, WAB 107 - movement 3, Scherzo
Composed by Anton Bruckner
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Robber of an excellent story. This tails off after a really strong start.
17 September 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Review of all 5 episodes:

This story is very similar in type to the William Hartnell era story The Celestial Toymaker (although this is quite a lot better). 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 (e.g. Warrior's Gate) 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 excellent 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 thoroughly enjoyable if not quite as brilliant second episode where ideas such as 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. After that there is a still very good third episode then a slightly disappointing and occasionally silly 4th episode and a decent but rather unremarkable and not wholly successful 5th episode.

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 3-parter. Great first episode though.

My Ratings: Episode 1 - 10/10, Episode 2 - 9/10, Episode 3 - 8.5/10, Episode 4 - 6.5/10, Episode 5 - 7.5/10


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