Doctor Who (1963)

Season 13 Episode 20

The Brain of Morbius, Part Four

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 24, 1976 on BBC
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The Brain of Morbius, Part Four
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Morbius lives once more, but as a rampaging beast. The Doctor is forced to ally with Dr. Solon to bring him to heel, but the two disagree about what should happen to Morbius.

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Colin Fay

Colin Fay

Condo

Guest Star

Cynthia Grenville

Cynthia Grenville

Maren

Guest Star

Gilly Brown

Gilly Brown

Ohica

Guest Star

Michael Spice

Michael Spice

Voice of Morbius

Recurring Role

Stuart Fell

Stuart Fell

Monster

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • During the mindbending contest, Sarah Jane can be heard saying "Tom".

    • At the end the TARDIS disappears instantaneously in a puff of smoke, something it's never done before or since.

    • When the Morbius monster falls over the cliff, he bumps into the camera.

    • In the climactic mind-wrestling battle we see the Doctor regressed from his current (Tom Baker) incarnation, through Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton to William Hartnell. A further eight images appear, apparently incarnations of the Doctor prior to William Hartnell's version. These were in fact crew members cameoing: director Christopher Barry, production team member George Gallacio, writer Robert Banks Stewart, producer Phillip Hinchcliffe, director Douglas Camfield, production team member Graeme Harper, writer Robert Holmes, and production team member Chris Baker.

      These additional faces in the mind-wrestling scene have caused some consternation, but it seems unarguable that these are the faces of the Doctor. Morbius asks how long the Doctor has lived, and says he will take the Doctor back to his beginning. There is no reason to assume they are Morbius' past incarnations (as some have tried to rationalize), nor the Doctor's ancestors. Producer Philip Hinchcliffe has confirmed that these were to be taken to be the faces of the Doctor's earlier incarnations.

      It is established in The Deadly Assassin, under the same producer, that a Time Lord can regenerate only twelve times. If, as implied in this episode, the Tom Baker version was the Doctor's twelfth incarnation, he would have only one further regeneration available to him. At the time of writing, we have seen another six.

      Prior to this episode, in The Three Doctors, the Time Lords refer to the Hartnell version as "the earliest;" later, in Mawdryn Undead, the Davison version says he has used four regenerations and has eight regenerations remaining; in The Five Doctors, the Hartnell version refers to himself as "the original" and notes that "there are five of me now."

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