4K. Doctor Who - The Brain Of Morbius

Season Thirteen

Script Editor: Robert Holmes; Writer: Robin Bland (alias Terrance Dicks with rewrites by Robert Holmes); Produced by: Philip Hinchcliffe; Director: Christopher Barry; Designer: Barry Newbery; Incidental Music: Dudley Simpson; Movement by: Geraldine Simpson;

The TARDIS lands on the planet Karn amidst the wreckages of other spacecraft. The planet is bleak, and the weather conditions are turbulent. The Doctor believes he has been sent to Karn by the Time Lords.

The sisterhood is the main occupant of the planet Karn, in the same constellation as Gallifrey. There is also a scientist, Doctor Solon, and his assistamt, working on a horrendous experiment. Solon aims to take the brain of an executed Time Lord criminal, Morbius, and transplant it into another body, returning to him the gift of life.

The Sisterhood believe the Doctor has been sent by the Time Lords to steal their Elixir of Life. They kidnap him and attempt to burn him at the stake until he is rescued by Sarah.

The Doctor asks the Sisterhood for help, and in return restores their dying Elixir flame. The Doctor and Sarah return to Solon's citadel where he releases cyanide gas, killing Solon. The experiment is already complete, and the Doctor challenges Morbius to a mind-bending contest, which mentally drains both Time Lords. The Sisterhood use their mental capabilities and force Morbius over the edge of a cliff.

Regular cast

Sarah Jane Smith: Elisabeth Sladen;

Guest cast

Doctor Mehendri Solon: Philip Madoc; Maren: Cynthia Grenville; Ohica: Gilly Brown; Condo: Colin Fry; Sisters: Sue Bishop, Janie Kells, Gabrella Mowbray, Veronica Ridge; Kriz: John Scott Martin; Voice of Morbius: Michael Spice (2-4); Morbius Monster: Stuart Fell (3-4);
Uncredited cast: Headless Monster: Alan Crisp (1-2); Double for Sarah: Jennie Le Fre;

First showing

Channel Episode Title Date Viewers Position
BBC 1418Part OneSat 3 January 19765:55 pm - 6:20 pm9.5M30th
BBC 1419Part TwoSat 10 January 19765:45 pm - 6:10 pm9.3M32nd
BBC 1420Part ThreeSat 17 January 19765:45 pm - 6:10 pm10.1M23rd
BBC 1421Part FourSat 24 January 19765:55 pm - 6:20 pm10.2M28th

Repeats (on the BBC)

Outside filming

This programme does not have any outside filming

Studio filming

Television Centre Studio 1; Television Centre Studio 3;

Bloopers and mistakes

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Notes and trivia

This story has no writer credit in the end titles.

The faces seen in the mind battle in Part Four are Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, William Hartnell, Philip Hinchcliffe, Robert Holmes, Douglas Camfield, Graeme Harper, Robert Banks Stewart, Christopher Baker, George Gallacio and Christopher Barry.

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