September 14, 1968: The Doctor Who adventure The Mind Robber begins

The Mind Robber (1968) [Doctor Who Collectors Wiki]
The Mind Robber was the second serial of season 6 of Doctor Who. It was the only televised story to feature the Land of Fiction.

Hamish Wilson played Jamie in episodes two and three when Frazer Hines contracted chicken pox.

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.

The serial was novelised as The Mind Robber, written by Peter Ling.

Notable Cast

  • Dr WhoPatrick Troughton
  • Jamie McCrimmonFrazer HinesHamish Wilson
  • Zoe HeriotWendy Padbury
  • The Master – Emrys Jones
  • A Stranger/Gulliver – Bernard Horsfall
  • Child – Sylvestra Le Touzel

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