Doctor is forced to move the TARDIS out of reality to avoid
the time machine being buried in molten lava. But instead
of saving the Doctor and his companions from danger, it makes
things far, far worse. Outside of reality is a world of fiction,
controlled by a malevolent incorporeal force that wants to
enslave humanity and take over the Earth...
Mind Robber is Doctor Who at its most inventive.
Its combination of fictional characters, predominantly from
18th and 19th century literature and fairytales, with traditional
SF elements creates a unique feel that is definitely more
fantasy-oriented than the show would achieve again for several
years. The fact that it manages to pull off its often grand
vision is a real testament to the skills of everyone concerned.
These five short episodes [part five barely manages to make
18 minutes] are Doctor Who at its most intelligent.
again the episodes have been lovingly restored, although part
one still shows signs of its age. Large parts of the action
in the white void suffer from fringing around areas of high
contrast, although this is a minor detail when compared to
the previous VHS release which was shot through with dirt,
dust and scratches. The audio has also been spruced up nicely.
disc contains two documentaries. The Fact of Fiction looks
at the making of the story and is shot largely against a white
void - a nice touch. Highlander, a look at the character
of Jamie McCrimmon, is less visually interesting, although
Frazer Hines' bleached hair is very striking. Both, however,
are strong on content which will please fans.
the Basil Brush sketch with the Yeti, a large photo gallery,
a commentary [mainly dull and disappointing] and some top
notch production notes and it all adds up, once again, to
a first class release. Even the Easter Egg's okay-ish!
would recommend The Mind Robber to anyone - it's simply
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