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Doctor Who - The Mind Robber [1968] [DVD]

Patrick Troughton , Frazer Hines    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Wendy Padbury
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006PTYOM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,189 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)




Product Description

After an accident with the TARDIS, the Doctor, Zoe and Jamie are transported into a dimension where fiction rules. Here they encounter a range of fictional characters and some ominous White Robots. DVD Extras: Commentary - With actors Wendy Padbury, Frazer Hines, Hamish Wilson, and director David Maloney. The Fact of Fiction (dur. 34' 55") Actors and production team recall working on the story in this specially shot featurette. Highlander (dur. 22' 28") Actor Frazer Hines looks back on his career in Doctor Who and beyond. Easter Egg Photo Gallery Production Notes

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor and - the Master??? 26 Jan 2012
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The Mind Robber, a story that until a couple of years ago I never watched, what on earth was I thinking? This is classic Pat Troughton and what a little stunner the Mind Robber really is. When I first read the reviews of this classic tale, I thought to myself that the overall plot was great and the idea fascinating, but as usual with Doctor Who, script to screen can suffer badly. Well, I can now say that having viewed the Mind Robber, its fantastic visually, truly some of the best design work done on the show. It really impressed me when I finally got around to watching it on the fabulous BBC DVD release. I know that the stories of the 60's were made on a shoestring budget but the Mind Robber is something unique. It pulls off so much that it makes you think that you are watching some kind of film that the BBC pinched from some archive somewhere. As you can probably tell, I have no issues with the visual effects production side of this story. So, is the Mind Robber totally perfect?

Well... yes. Peter Ling's script {with Derrick Sherwin's tweaking} is brilliant. The concept is highly entertaining and with Pat Troughton, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury on top form, what else can you ask for. The quest cast are all great too, especially Emrys Jones "Master", quite a unique character and for once not a run-of-the-mill villian, just a normal newspaper / comic strip writer who was too great for his own good and so was abducted by the Brain, some kind of imagination god and enslaved to create practically everything that humans imagine.

The Mind Robber is also a stand out piece as its production was so troubled. Originally a 4 part story called "The Fact of Fiction", the serial changed titles 3 times and gained an episode.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sterling 60s release 6 April 2005
With many of the best Patrick Troughton stories missing or fragmentary, it's wonderful to get to know this marvellous story from the late sixties, an era when the series was evolving into a rather groovy, loose-limbed style. The Doctor Who season containing The Mind Robber was by all accounts somewhat chaotic behind the scenes, much like the social trends of the age generally. But this story retains a remarkable integrity and manages to reflect the show's best traditions of adventure and excitement while energetically breaking new story-telling ground. I had never seen this particular story until buying the DVD recently, and enjoyed it more than I ever expected. While there are some places in the 2nd and 3rd episodes where the story on first viewing seemed to veer into over-indulgent territory, the triumphant concluding episodes wrapped up and the earlier action beautifully. The final duel of the storybook heroes made me almost fall off my chair laughing, and was a delicious reward for staying with this story to the end.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars much better release 21 Mar 2005
After the slightly disappointing release of Horror of Fang Rock, this is much improved. The story is great. Although the story was recorded at a time of great strain for the programme, it prospers. Great performances and an unusual story. The remastering of the story is first rate. I watched the VHS version after this and it is remarkable how much better it is on DVD. In many ways, this makes the old black and white stories so much more important to own on DVD.
The special features are better than the previous effort this year. The documentaries are more meaty and the Basil Brush feature is amusing, if not terribly relevant. The commentary is good but not the best I have have heard.
All in all, a good buy.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something different. 18 Aug 2006
This is a very good DVD release, which I enjoyed watching. The Doctor and his companions Jamie and Zoe are transported into a mysterious land of fiction. There they encounter Gulliver, Medusa, the unicorn, the minotaur, and ultimately the Master, who is controlling the whole domain. (Note: this is not the same Master who would appear later in the series!) In addition to this, Jamie suffers the fate of having his face changed for a while!

Here's a story that is thoroughly imaginative and rather different from any of the surrounding stories. The excellent Patrick Troughton, in his third and final year as the Doctor, performs as well as always, and there is a fine showdown in the final episode between him and Emrys James as the Master. Mentioning the final episode, reminds me of one disappointment regarding the story - the ending! It seems to be quite abrupt and unsatisfying.

There are some good extras on the DVD too. I'm not keen on the Basil brush segment. However, there is a good documentary featuring Fraser Hines, giving his memories of his time on the series.

Certainly a better story than 'The Dominators' which preceded it. A good addition to the Doctor Who DVD series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The peak of Troughton era Doctor Who 28 Jan 2014
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After a glut of repetitive base under siege stories it was about time Doctor Who attempted something different and 'The Mind Robber' fills that requirement brilliantly.

The first episode, which just has the TARDIS sets, the regular cast, a white void and a handful of white robots to work with, is creepy, atmospheric and very well acted. It also fits in seamlessly with the next four episodes. This is all especially impressive since the episode was a cheap, last minute measure which became necessary when an episode was shaved from 'The Dominators'. This episode was written by script editor Derrick Sherwin although no one is credited as having written it.

The cliffhanger at the end of part one, with the TARDIS exploding, is stunning, one of the all time great cliffhangers. The other three cliffhangers aren't quite up to the standard of the first, but they are all effective.

Nursery Rhymes, Wordplay and enigmas are all used effectively and there's some very pleasant use of mythical creatures (a Unicorn, the Minotaur, Medusa) and other fictional characters (Gulliver, Rapunzel). Bernard Horsfall is brilliant as Lemuel Gulliver, the idea of his speech entirely consisting of dialogue from Gulliver's travels is fabulous. In another imaginative scene Jamie climbs up Rapunzel's hair having mistaken it for a rope. Admittedly the Karkus is considerably less effective.

Emrys Jones gives a powerful performance as the tormented Master, who despite being the villain is actually quite charming. I should also stress that this Master is not the same as the character who will later be played by Roger Delgado.

The white robots are quite intimidating and the toy soldiers are very creepy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good watch
Published 26 days ago by alan waterman
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing.
This is the only Patrick Troughton adventure that I was a bit disappointed in. Somehow the story goes on a bit without a great deal of excitement. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Neilybags
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fact of Fiction
This is one of my favourite Patrick Troughton stories!

`The Mind Robber' is an imaginative and clever story with the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe and I enjoyed every minute of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated, weird, but good.
If you like classic Who and are looking for a weird Pat Troughton story to get a feel for sixties surreal Who, this is for you. I enjoyed it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pete
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who
I was taken back to my childhood with this one surprisingly there were some errie moments. All in all not bad
Published 4 months ago by Diane Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Enters The World Of Fiction
This story is a great troughton story but not one of his best (consider the enemy of the world or the tomb of the cybermen or the invasion) but its still good though. Read more
Published 5 months ago by marc hopwood
5.0 out of 5 stars great
These old black and white dr who,s are brilliant Patrick is brilliant great story better than the need a doctor's
Published 6 months ago by the reader
5.0 out of 5 stars this was one of my favourite sets :)
this came prety much the next day they shipped it. it was a briliant story and excelent performances. i hope to buy more of the 2nd doctor dvds.
Published 7 months ago by thomas keetley
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential addition for the Patrick Troughton Dr Who Fan
Had this when I had a VHS player, and have now got it on DVD. I enjoyed it, and it is now part of my collection. The quality is excellent, and the subtitles are very helpful. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Greg Chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars Mind Over Matter
Allegedly inspired by TV viewers that believed that Crossroads was real (God help us) though I'm bound to suspect it being inspired by LSD. Read more
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