Story 045 – “The Mind Robber”

What to say about this story? It’s quite mad, really. The Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe all wind up in the mysterious Land of Fiction. They encounter Gulliver, the Karkus and The Master. Well, after a fashion. It’s full of late 1960’s bonkersness.

Including this.

By all rights this should have been an abject failure, and yet…I quite like it.

I don’t know what I like it. Maybe it’s the previously-mentioned bonkers nature of the whole thing. Maybe it’s the charm all the leads manage to exude. It certainly isn’t the overall concept.

I understand the flaws, of course. The Land of Fiction makes no sense on any level, and the story really is an episode or so too long. But I still like it, and I don’t know why.

The story does have a bit of a legacy, by the way. Years later, Big Finish did a series with the Sixth Doctor and Jamie, who wind up venturing to the Land of Fiction where they encounter Zoe and the Cybermen. In may ways it’s better than this story, but I still like this one more than I should.

Directed by David Maloney
Written by Derrick Sherwin (episode 1, uncredited)
Peter Ling
Script editor Derrick Sherwin
Produced by Peter Bryant
Executive producer(s) None
Incidental music composer Stock music by Anton Bruckner
Production code UU
Series Season 6
Length 5 episodes, approximately 20 minutes each
Date started 14 September 1968
Date ended 12 October 1968

Next time: “The Invasion”


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