The Mind Robber
14 September 1968
Emrys Jones (The Master), John Atterbury, Ralph Carrigan, Bill Wiesener, Terry Wright (Robots) [1, 4-5], Hamish Wilson (Jamie) [2-3], Bernard Horsfall (A Stranger / Gulliver) [2-5]†, Barbara L oft, Sylvestra Le Tozel, Timothy Horton, Christopher Reynolds, David Reynolds, Martin Langley (Children) [2, 5], Paul Alexander, Ian Hines, Richard Ireson (Soldiers) [2-3, 5], Philip Ryan (Redcoat) [2-3], Christine Pirie (Princess Rapunzel) [3, 5], Sue Pulford (The Medusa) [3-4], Christopher Robbie (Karkus) [4-5], John Greenwood (D’Artagnan and Sir Lancelot) , David Cannon (Cyrano) , Gerry Wain (Blackbeard) .
|Written by||Peter Ling|
|Directed by||David Maloney|
|Produced by||Peter Bryant|
|1||“Episode One”||21: 27||14 September 1968||6.6m|
|2||“Episode Two”||21:39||21 September 1968||6.5m|
|3||“Episode Three”||19: 29||28 September 1968||7.2m|
|4||“Episode Four”||19:14||5 October 1968||7.3m|
|5||“Episode Five”||18:00||5 October 1968||6.7m|
To escape from the volcanic eruption on Dulkis, the Second Doctor uses an emergency unit. It moves the TARDIS out of normal time and space. The travellers find themselves in an endless void where they are menaced by white robots.
Having regained the safety of the TARDIS, they believe they have escaped – until the ship explodes. They find themselves in a land of fiction, where they are hunted by life-size clockwork soldiers and encounter characters like Rapunzel, the Karkus, and Swift’s Lemuel Gulliver.
This domain is presided over by a man known only as The Master – a prolific English writer from 1926 – who in turn is controlled by a Master Brain computer. The Master is desperate to escape and wants The Doctor to take his place, while The Master Brain plans to take over the Earth.
The Doctor engages The Master in a battle of wills using fictional characters. Zoe and Jamie overload The Master Brain. In the confusion, the White Robots destroy the computer, freeing The Master.
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