The Black Archive – a series of book-length looks at single Doctor Who stories from 1963 to the present day.
‘We obey our creator. That is all that can be expected of any character, unless the Master bids us otherwise.’
Season 6 of Doctor Who was a time of transition and
experimentation, with a production team wanting to move from one formula
– the base under siege that had defined the previous two seasons – and
toward another – the more grounded stories of season 7.
No story in the season was more experimental, though, than its second, The Mind Robber.
The debut of arguably the series’ most visually inventive director,
David Maloney, the story was beset with production problems, including
the last-minute addition of an extra episode and the sickness of a
principal cast member; yet the creative solutions to these problems
lifted the final story from a run- of-the-mill piece of whimsy into one
of the series’ finest moments.