BBCDVD 1358 Doctor Who - The mind robber by Peter Ling

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Catalogue numberBBCDVD 1358
TitleDoctor Who - The mind robber
Artist(s)Peter Ling
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label code-
Item deleted?Yes
Distributed / printed byBBC Worldwide Ltd
Country of originUK UK flag
Media typePrimary
Media genreDramas - Sci-fi
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Run-off codes / Shop bar codesA0100583872-A911 17
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Below is a list of tracks for this release.
Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1Episode 121.20
A2Episode 221.37
A3Episode 319.28
A4Episode 419.08
A5Episode 518.12
A6Basil Brush segment10.25
A7The fact of fiction - The making of The Mind Robber34.57
A8Highlander - The Jamie McCrimmon story22.28
A9Photo Gallery6.52
Total length of media 2:54:27.


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Patrick Troughton
Frazer Hines
Hamish Wilson
Wendy Padbury
Emrys Jones
John Atterbury
Ralph Carrigan
Bill Wiesener
Terry Wright
Bernard Horsfall
Barbara Loft
Sylvestra La Tozel
Timothy Horton
Christopher Reynolds
David Reynolds
Martin Langley
Paul Alexander
Ian Hines
Richard Ireson
Philip Ryan
Christine Pirie
Sue Pulford
Christopher Robbie
John Greenwood
David Cannon
Gerry Wain

Written by

Peter Ling

Produced by

Peter Bryant

Directed by

David Maloney


Escaping from a volcanic eruption on the planet Dulkis, the Doctor is forced to use the TARDIS' Emergency Unit, which takes the craft out of normal time and space ... and out of reality itself! The time-travellers arrive in a mysterious world peopled by fictional characters - Gulliver and Rapunzel, D'Artagnan and Sir Lancelot - but also by creatures from mankind's worst imaginings ...


The high turnaround of episodes and stories in 1960s Doctor Who was an enormous strain on the cast and crew alike. The schedule called for an episode to be rehearsed and recorded on a weekly basis, with additional location filming occasionally thrown in for good measure. The fifth production block had begun in August 1967, with location filming for The Abominable Snowmen, and concluded in the middle of July 1968 with the recording of The Mind Robber. The punishing 11-month schedule of this recording block was enough to convince Patrick Troughton that his days in the TARDIS would soon be coming to an end ...

Behind the scenes, the programme was also going through a difficult time. The Dominators - the story that preceded The Mind Robber - had experienced numerous production problems which culminated in it losing one of its six planned episodes. The gap in the schedule was filled by script editor Derrick Sherwin penning an additional opening episode for Peter Ling's four-part The Mind Robber. Just as this problem was surmounted, a new one reared its head when Frazer Hinds succumbed to a bout of chickenpox that saw him unable to participate in the story's second episode. More re-writing had to be done ...

That The Mind Robber works so effectively as a story is quite an achievement - perhaps it does so because of the constraints that those making it had to work with, and not in spite of them ...

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