The Mind Robber was a novelisation based on the 1968 television serial The Mind Robber.
1987 Target Books edition
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 traveler 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 Target Books edition
'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.
Doctor Who - The Mind Robber is available as a BBC video, and will be broadcast on BSB television during 1990.
- The Doctor Abhors a Vacuum
- The Power of Thought
- Boys and Girls Come Out to Play
- Dangerous Games
- Into the Labyrinth
- The Facts of Fiction
- 'I Am the Karkus'
- A Meeting of Masters
- Lives in the Balance
- The Doctor Has the Last Word
Deviations from televised story
- The novel opens in the Land of Fiction with the first episode of the story depicted as a flashback.
- Rather than escaping Dulkis following the events of TV: The Dominators, the TARDIS instead materialises on the slopes of Vesuvius moments before it erupts.
- The story contains many scenes written specially for the novel, including a firing squad test before the charging unicorn and several references to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, among many others.
- The labyrinth is presented as a hacienda from an unnamed Spanish crime novel, containing Miss Haversham's wedding cake. The cave is from C.S. Lewis's Narnia.
- The Karkus speaks using speech bubbles.
- The Master of the Land of Fiction leaves with the Doctor, Zoe and Jamie in the TARDIS.
Writing and publishing notes
- 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.
- The basis for the musketeer on David McAllister's cover artwork was taken from a publicity photo of Frank Finlay as Porthos in the 1973 film The Three Musketeers.
Additional cover images
British publication history
- 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).
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