Doctor Who (1963)

Season 13 Episode 17

The Brain of Morbius, Part One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 03, 1976 on BBC
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The Brain of Morbius, Part One
The storm-lashed planet Karn. Near a graveyard of crashed starships, the demented surgeon Solon hides in his castle, the last acolyte of the Time Lord despot Morbius. He only needs one final item to make his master live again... and then the Doctor and Sarah arrive...

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • The Doctor [calling out to the Time Lords]: Come out, you meddlesome interfering idiots! I know you're up there so come on out and show yourselves! Messing about with my TARDIS, dragging us a thousand parsecs off course.

      • The Doctor I thought I recognized the stars.
        Sarah Jane: Umm, you've been here before?
        The Doctor: I was born in these parts.
        Sarah Jane: Near here?
        The Doctor: Well, within a couple of billion miles, yes.

      • Solon: Let me take your hat, sir. (stares) Oh. What a magnificent head!
        Sarah Jane: What?
        Solon: Superb head.
        The Doctor: Huh. Well, I'm glad you like it.

    • NOTES (7)

      • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 11674 7) first published by W H Allen in 1977.

      • The alien insect-creature (named Kriz in the credits but never identified on-screen) killed at the beginning is identified by the Doctor as a "mutt." Despite the fact that this was the same name as the aliens in "The Mutants" and the costume is the same, the description the Doctor gives bears no resemblence to that of the aliens in "The Mutants."

      • The alien gas dirigibles are supposed to belong to the "Muthi" according to the script (spelled "Moothi" in the novelization). Cynthia Grenville pronounces it "Hoothi," however. Later Paul Cornell used that name for the aliens and their gas dirigibles when he featured them in his novel Love and War.

      • When broadcast in the U.S.A., an incorrect tape of this episode with no music and no sound effects was used. As of 2006, the few stations with access to the episode show it with the Howard daSilva narration to make up for it. Unfortunately this means that several scenes here and in subsequent episodes are truncated to allow for the extra recap scenes.

      • DVD: Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius (BBCDVD 1355) released in July 2008. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E2666) in September 2006.

        Video: Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius (BBCV 2012) released (in heavily-edited omnibus format) in July 1984. Released in U.S.A./Canada (CBS/Fox Video 3715) in July 1987. Re-released in episodic format (BBCV 4388) in July 1990. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1348) in February 1997.

      • The Doctor reveals he was born within a couple of billion miles of Karn, which would mean that Karn is in the same star system as Gallifrey.

      • The story is credited to 'Robin Bland' after regular series scribe Terrance Dicks was so infuriated by Robert Holmes' rewrite of his script that he insisted his name was removed from it, suggesting it go out "under some bland pseudonym."

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Frankenstein: The story of a body being built by a brilliant scientist and his bumbling assistant is a nod to this horror classic.