The Mind Robber was a novelisation based on the 1968 television serial The Mind Robber.

Publisher's summary Edit

1987 edition Edit

To escape a catastrophic volcanic eruption the Doctor takes the TARDIS out of space and time-and into a void he can only describe as 'nowhere'.

But the crisis is far from over and when the time-machine's circuits overload, the TARDIS explodes.

The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe come to in a dark unearthly forest. There they encounter a host of characters who seem somehow familiar: a beautiful princess with long flaxen hair, a sea traveller dressed in eighteenth-century clothes, and a white rabbit frantically consulting his pocket watch...

What is happening to the three time-travellers? What strange power guides their actions? In the Land of Fiction who can really tell?

1990 edition Edit

"But we can't be nowhere - that's impossible"

Zoe, the Doctor's astrophysicist companion, can't understand how the TARDIS can be beyond both time and space; but the Doctor's time-travelling craft has taken him, Zoe and Jamie to a place where fiction is reality.

Beguiled and threatened on all sides by characters from myth and literature, the Doctor must discover who or what controls the all-too-lifelike apparitions.

The Mind Robber, with Patrick Troughton as the Doctor, was first broadcast in 1968. This novelisation is by Peter Ling, who wrote the scripts of four of the five television episodes.

Doctor Who - The Mind Robber is available as a BBC video, and will be broadcast on BSB television during 1990.

Chapter titles Edit

  1. The Doctor Abhors a Vacuum
  2. The Power of Thought
  3. Boys and Girls Come Out to Play
  4. Dangerous Games
  5. Into the Labyrinth
  6. The Facts of Fiction
  7. 'I Am the Karkus'
  8. A Meeting of Masters
  9. Lives in the Balance
  10. The Doctor Has the Last Word

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • The story contains many scenes written specially for the novel, including a firing squad test before the Unicorn charges in and several references to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland aside many others.
  • The labyrinth is presented as a hacienda from a Spanish crime novel containing Miss Haversham's wedding cake; the cave is from Narnia; the Karkus speaks using speech bubbles.
  • Rather than escaping Dulkis following the events of TV: The Dominators, the TARDIS instead materialises on a volcano five seconds before it erupts.
  • The novel opens in the Land of Fiction, with the first episode of the story depicted as a flashback.
  • The Master of the Land of Fiction leaves the land in the TARDIS.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • Several amendments were made to Peter Ling's original submission. Of particular note was his mistaken belief that Zoe had long blonde hair. The error was not realised until a viewing of the BBC video. Incidentally, the character of Zoe, was at one point considered to be a male, with blond hair.
  • Dedication: For Dave Baldock with love and gratitude.
  • The 1990 Target / Virgin edition utilised the same new cover artwork as used on the BBC video release.

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

Hardback (November 1986)
  • W.H.Allen & Co. Ltd. UK ISBN:0491036825, copies priced £7.25 (UK))
Paperback (April 1987)
  • Target / W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. Single paperback edition, estimated print run: 32,500, priced £1.75 (UK).
Paperback (August 1990)
  • Target / Virgin Publishing New cover artwork by Alister Pearson, priced £2.50 (UK).

Audiobook release Edit

The audiobook version of this novel was read by Derek Jacobi, who played the Master in Utopia.

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