Doctor Who (1963)

Season 6 Episode 10

The Mind Robber, Episode 5

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Oct 12, 1968 on BBC
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The Doctor forces a final confrontation with the Master. Can he win the battle of wits and save himself and his companions?

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  • Imaginative and fun.

    7.5
    (This is a review of all five episodes of The Mind Robber)



    This is an enjoyable early Doctor Who serial that thanks to an imaginative story about a perilous 'land of fiction' manages to stand the test of time until this day.



    Patrick Throughton injects a lot of naive fascination, giddiness and sprightly panic into his performance which makes his interpretation of the Doctor one of the most uncharacteristically childlike and memorable in the shows history.



    It's also good to see The Doctor not as reliable and practical as he becomes with later Doctors, when our time traveling hero fails to piece together Jamies' now jigsawed face resulting in a change of appearance for his Scottish companion.



    Each of the five episodes of this Who story contains a memorable set piece, the best of which rightly takes place for the majority of the final part.moreless
Christine Pirie

Christine Pirie

Princess Rapunzel

Guest Star

David Cannon

David Cannon

Cyrano

Guest Star

Gerry Wain

Gerry Wain

Blackbeard

Guest Star

Emrys Jones

Emrys Jones

The Master

Recurring Role

Bernard Horsfall

Bernard Horsfall

Gulliver

Recurring Role

Christopher Robbie

Christopher Robbie

Karkus

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The music accompanying the scene with Cyrano de Bergerac, Lancelot, etc., comes from Anton Bruckner's Symphony #7, 3rd movement.

    • Blackbeard is presented here as a fictional character, but in fact he was a real-life individual, born Edward Drummond approximately 1680 and took the name Edward Teach. He died in 1718.

    • There is evidence to suggest that a large proportion of this story is in the Doctor's mind in a dream. At the beginning of The Invasion, the Doctor is sitting in his chair in the exact same position as in Episode 1, and Jamie says "It worked!" which could mean their escape from the planet Dulkis using the emergency escape unit, which is rather more fitting than the Doctor managing to escape from the Land of Fiction. It's also possible "the Master" is the Doctor's subconscious/dream representation of his old foe "the Master."

  • QUOTES (1)

    • The Master [of humans]: We have no wish to destroy them, just... adjust their minds to suit our purposes.
      The Doctor: Sausages! Man will just become like a string of sausages, all the same!

  • NOTES (3)

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