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...
-- from the DVD release, 2005
This classic story was left until surprisingly late in the VHS and DVD runs, after around half of the existing Troughton stories had already been released...
Episode timings on DVD: 21'21", 21'38", 19'28", 19'09", 18'13"*
Episode timings on PasB: 13'27"**, 21'38", 19'29", 19'11", 18'00"
*includes unusual 8 second sequence of blackness after the end of the episode
**presumably an error!
07/05/1990: UK - BBC Worldwide - BBCV4352 [deleted 2/1/1996]
01/09/1990: Aus/NZ - PolyGram - BBC43522
??/??/1994: US - CBS/Fox - 5945 [renumbered E1200 in 2000 by Warner Home Video]
Cover art based on an illustration by Alistair Pearson created that year for the Virgin reissue of the Target novelisation.
DVD Bonus features
By Martin Wiggins.
The Fact of Fiction (34'56")
Discussing The Minde Robber were Evan Hercules, Fraser Hines,
Peter Ling, David Monoley, Wendy Padbury, Christopher Robbie,
Derrick Sherwin, Hamish Wilson
Hines discusses his early career, being cast in Doctor Who, filming his "final" scene in Highlanders, changing his accent after being signed for a year, contributions to the script, not being in The Moonbase much, his relationship with Michael Craze and Anneke Wills, his previous work with Patrick Troughton, adding comedy to the show, Pauline Collins and The Faceless Ones, Victoria's introduction, memories of Fury From the Deep, working with Bernard Breslaw on The Ice Warriors, his enjoyment playing with the Daleks, reaction to Debbie's decision to leave, meeting Wendy Padbury, Jamie's changing relationship from Victoria to Zoe, his own decision to leave and how it linked to the rest of the cast's decisions, finding success in Emmerdale, the offer to take part in The Five Doctors (we see an outtake of Troughton fluffing his lines), how that lead to The Two Doctors, appearing at cons and last thoughts of Jamie's character.
With Thanks to Doctor Who Magazine, Derek Handley, Paula Bentham, Graeme Wood
'Who's Dr Who?' Performed by Frazer Hines
Producer: Richard Molesworth
Produced and Directed by Steve Broster
BBC Worldwide (C) BBC MMV
With Wendy Padbury, Frazer Hines, Hamish Wilson and David Maloney
Photo Gallery (6'52")
61 colour and b/w photos from the production of this story, and five from the episode of Out of the Unknown that reused the robot costumes.
Photographs supplied by BBC Photographic Archive and Derek Handley
Easter Egg: The Mind Robber Repeat Continuity
(Click left from Episode Selection)
Restoration NotesAll episodes (1-4 from 16mm and 5 from 35mm) were transferred by Jonathan Wood and cleaned up (which was an easy task due to the high quality of the films, although some scratching of the first and third episodes required manual painting out) before VidFIREing. In episode three, some crosstalk interference proved impossible to remove entirely.
21/6/1990 - Story passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
12/9/1990 - Story passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
06/01/2005 - Bonus features passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK - raising the cert of the disc
18/02/2005 - Menus passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
18/02/2005 - Story and bonuses passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ