The Mind Robber



10 Aug 68 - 07 Sep 68
14 Sep 68 - 12 Oct 68
02 Nov 68 - 21 Dec 68
28 Dec 68 - 18 Jan 69
25 Jan 69 - 01 Mar 69
08 Mar 69 - 12 Apr 69
19 Apr 69 - 21 Jun 69


Episode 1.
14th September 1968
5:17 p.m.
Episode 2.
21st September 1968
5:18 p.m.
Episode 3.
28th September 1968
5:20 p.m.
Episode 4.
5th October 1968
5:20 p.m.
Episode 5.
12th October 1968
5:21 p.m.

To escape the lava flow caused by the atomic explosion in the previous story, the Doctor uses the TARDIS's emergency unit, which pulls the ship out of Space and Time, and arrives in the Land of Fiction, a huge featureless void where fiction appears as reality.  The travelers are haunted by White Robots and encounter mechanical soldiers and fictional characters such as Lemuel Gulliver, Medusa, Princess Rapunzel and a Unicorn.  Jamie gains entrance to the Citadel of the Master, and meets an aged gentleman who is connected by a skull cap to a large spinning computer.  The old gentleman explains that he is the Master of the Land, and that he wishes to retire and insists that the Doctor takes his place running the land.  The Doctor refuses, so the Master calls for the White Robots to capture and destroy Jamie and Zoe.  In the following battle of wits the Doctor and the Master call up champions from famous Earth fictions to do combat.  Meanwhile, Jamie and Zoe find out that the true Master of the Land is the giant computer, The Master Brain.  They manage to overload the machine, by pressing random buttons and escape.  

The Doctor:
Patrick Troughton
Jamie McCrimmon: Frazer Hines
Zoe Heriot: Wendy Padbury

Guest Appearances:
Master Of the Land: 
Emrys Jones
White Robots:
 John Atterbury, Ralph Carrigan, Bill Weisner, Terry Wright
Jamie: Hamish Wilson
Redcoat: Philip Ryan
Gulliver: Bernard Horsfall
Children: Barbara Loft, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Timothy Horton, Martin Langley, Christopher Reynolds, David Reynolds
Clockwork Soldiers: Paul Alexander, Ian Hines, Richard Ireson
Princess Rapunzel and Book Narrator: Christine Pirie
Medusa: Sue Pulford
Minotaur Richard Ireson
Karkus: Christopher Roberts
Cyrano de Bergerac: David Cannon
D'Artagnan and  Lancelot: John Greenwood
Blackboard: Gerry Wain

Producer: Peter Bryant.
Script Editor: Derrick Sherwin.
Writer:    Derrick Sherwin (uncredited episode 1), Peter Ling (episodes 2-5)
Director: David Mahoney.
Designer: Evan Hercules. 
Costume: Martin Baugh (episodes 1-4), Susan Wheal (episode 5).
Make up: 
Sylvia James.
Visual Effects:  Bill King and 'Trading Place'.
Music :  Stock. ("Symphony No. 7` in E Major" by Brukner)

1987 Target edition with cover by David McAllister1990 target edition with cover by Alister PearsonNovelised as "Doctor Who - The Mind Robber" by Peter Ling  (0 426 20286 4) first published by  W.H. Allen (now Virgin Publishing Ltd.) in 1986 with cover by David McAllister.  New edition in 1990 with cover by Alister Pearson.  Target library number 115.

Image of Jamie and the Doctor in the TARDIS
Image of Jamie (Hamish Wilson), The Doctor, Zoe meeting Gulliver (Bernard Horsfell) and a clockwork soldier
Image of The Doctor, Zoe, and Jamie (Hamish Wilson) being captured by a clockwork soldier
Image of clockwork soldiers (Paul Alexander, Ian Hines, Richard Ireson)
Image of clockwork soldiers (Paul Alexander, Ian Hines, Richard Ireson)

Video CoverReleased on Video as "The Mind Robber" in the UK (BBCV 4352) first released in May 1990 and Australia/New Zealand US/Canada (1994) (CBS/FOX catalogue #5945) with cover by Alister Pearson.



"The Mind Robber" started life as a four-part story. Due to the change in size of the previous story, "The Dominators," an extra episode was needed. Script editor Derrick Sherwin stepped in and wrote episode 1, which takes place in a white void. Frazer Hines did not appear in episode 3 due to illness, instead Hamish Wilson played Jamie in the scene when Jamie's face was seen distorted in the Land of Fiction.

All five episodes exist as 16mm telerecordings except for episode 5 which also exists as a 35mm telerecording. Episode 5 was held (as 16mm) by the Film & TV Library when it was audited in 1978.

Ealing Film Studio Stage 2. (12-14 June 1968)
Studio recording in TC3.
(21, 28 June; 19 July 1968)
Studio recording in Lime Grove D. (5, 12 July 1968)
Model filming in Puppet Theatre.
(10-11 June 1968)
Harrison's Rock, Birchden Wood, Groombridge, East Sussex.
(9 June 1968)
Kenley Aerodrome, Kenley, near Croydon, Surrey.
(9 June 1968)

Episode 1- When the Doctor pushes Jamie & Zoe back into the TARDIS, the caption "Producer, PETER BRYANT" is visible on the TARDIS scanner.
Episode 1 - In the same scene, look at Zoe's back. As the Doctor pushes her back into the TARDIS, he presses so hard that he leaves a handprint on the back of her jumpsuit which stays visible for several minutes.
Episode 1-2 - After the TARDIS has been ripped apart, we see the console floating about with Zoe and Jamie sprawled over it. When you see it from a distance, Zoe is lying on her right side (legs going off to the left), but the close-up shot has her lying on her left side (legs going off to the right). The camera switches between these two shots a couple of times, so this becomes quite noticeable.
Episode 2 -
Jamie's voice at the beginning of the episode clearly belongs to Hamish Wilson and not Frasier Hines. (Jamie supposedly gains his new voice only after the Doctor incorrectly reassembles his face later in the episode.)
Episode 2, 3 - No wonder the Doctor doesn't get Jamie's face right the first time - Fraser Hines's features are only included in the second set of choices.
Episode 3 - After the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe enter the house leading into the labyrinth, the wooden door creaks shut beind them -- but the sound cuts off and repeats itself halfway through. The door is well shut by the time the sound effect finishes.
Episode 3 - The map of the maze displayed on the Master's screen doesn't correspond to what Zoe says about following a pattern of 1 left turn, 2 right turns, 3 left turns and so on. Judging from the map, if the Doctor and Zoe had gone the way Zoe claims, they would have made it to the centre of the maze after the second right turn.
Episode 3 - The second time Jamie uses the tickertape, he reads it upside down. He stands in such a way so that the newly printed tape comes out to his right - which means the text must be upside down, unless the tickertape is printing the story backwards! (If you're in any doubt, the earlier shot of Jamie using the tickertape shows him reading it from the correct side.)
Episode 4 - It's painfully clear that the shelves and books in the library are just cardboard cut-outs. Look at how the shadows fall on them.
Episode 4 - When the Doctor & co. first meet the Master, he boasts "For twenty-five years I've delivered five thousand words every week!". Zoe replies, "Why, that's well over half a million words!". It certainly is -- in fact, it's six and a half million words. (Zoe is obviously thinking in non-Aristotelian arithmetic.)
Episode 5 - When the Doctor and Master hold their climactic battle of wits, the Master manages to spit all over the place while uttering the line "Change weapons to Destructor Beams!". Childish, I know, but somehow amusing.