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Serial: UU  Episode Nos. 215, 216, 217, 218, and 219  Title: The Mind Robber

In an emergency, the Doctor moves the TARDIS completely out of space and time to a mysterious white void.
A strange voice attempts to tempt them outside, and when that fails, the force destroys the TARDIS!  The Doctor and
his companions then find themselves emmeshed in a world where fictional characters are alive and real and obedient
to a single Master who wishes to enslave the Doctor...

starring Patrick Troughton as Dr. Who, Frazer Hines as Jamie, and Wendy Padbury as Zoe.. Written by Peter Ling, Produced by Peter Bryant,

Directed by David Maloney.


Originally transmitted from 14 September 1968 to 12 October 1968 on BBC1.

DVD features:

- All 5 episodes of the story, digitially remastered and restored with the VidFIRE video-look processing tool.  

            (The episodes are a little shorter than usual, at about 20 minutes each.)

- Graphical menus, episode selection feature, and scene selection feature.

- Commentary track with actors Frazer Hines (Jamie), Wendy Padbury (Zoe), Hamish Wilson (the substitute “wrong-face” Jamie),

            and director David Maloney. 

- “Basil Brush Segment A ten-minute segment from a BBC puppet show for children where the title character (a puppet fox) and

            his human companion climb a mountain in the Himalayas and encounter a Yeti, for which a Doctor Who Yeti costume was used.

            This doesn’t really connect directly to The Mind Robber , but I am told that Basil Brush has a great signficance to Doctor Who

            fans in the UK having traditionally been the lead-in program to Doctor Who on Saturday nights, hence its inclusion on a DVD

            release, and a Troughton one is where it made the most sense (and there are no whole Yeti stories in existence to put it with).

- Information Text.   Displays pop-up production notes trivia as the episodes play.

- “The Fact of Fiction”   A new 35-minute featurette about the making of The Mind Robber, featuring interviews with script editor

            Derrick Sherwin, writer Peter Ling, director David Maloney, actors Wendy Padbury, Frazer Hines, Hamish Wilson, and

            Christopher Robbie (the Karkus), and designer Evan Hercules.

- “Highlander – The Jamie McCrimmon Story”   A 22-minute featurette about actor Frazer Hines and the character he played,

            Jamie McCrimmon.  Of particular note is a blooper from The Five Doctors and Frazer’s not-a-hit single “Who’s Dr. Who?”

- Photo Gallery.   7 minutes’ worth of production stills.

- Who’s Who.  Text biographies of the principal cast.

- 1 Easter Egg.   Highlight the invisble text here to see what it is and how to find it:

                        - On the main menu, select Episode Selection, then press the left arrow.  A Doctor Who logo will appear.  Click on this

                        and you will see a 2-minute featurette that plays the introductory narration that was used on a run of repeats for this

                        story in 1994 on BBC2.