Doctor Who #45: The Mind Robber

Title: Doctor Who: “The Mind Robber
Year: 1968
Network: BBC
Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, Donald Wilson
Director: David Maloney
Writer: Derrick Sherwin, Peter Ling
Starring: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury
Music: Ron Grainer (theme)
Episodes: 5, at 25 minutes; the 2nd story (of 7) from season 6
Synopsis: the 2nd Doctor and his companions are trapped in a world of fiction
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), most recently a few months ago
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 7/10 (points off for story, cinematography and special effects/design) c. 2.7/4 (Good).

It’s the sort of story that’s very obviously made for kids, and it’s not very well executed. But it’s also a fun and imaginative idea. Includes devices such as the Tardis falling to pieces, the Doctor needing to reassemble his companion’s face (resulting in a change of casting when he messes up), and Gulliver from Gulliver’s Travels speaking only in lines from the book. Gets a bonus point for Zoe‘s bum.


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