3 January 1976
Philip Madoc (Solon), Cynthia Grenville (Maren), Gilly Brown (Ohica); Sue Bishop, Janie Kells, Gabrielle Mowbray, Veronica Ridge (Sisters); Colin Fay (Condo), John Scott Martin (Kriz) , Michael Spice (Voice of Morbius) [2-4], Stuart Fell (Monster) [3-4]†.
|Written by||Robin Bland|
|Directed by||Christopher Barry|
|Produced by||Philip Hinchcliffe|
The Time Lords divert the Doctor and Sarah to Karn. The planet is home to the Sisterhood of the Flame, whose sacred fire — which provides an elixir granting them eternal life and is used by the Time Lords to aid in regenerative crises — is slowly dying.
The Sisterhood believes the Doctor has come to steal the vestiges of the elixir and has him captured.
Also on Karn, meanwhile, is the mad Doctor Solon, who has covertly taken possession of the brain of Morbius, an evil Time Lord thought to have been executed. Solon is trying to build a new body for Morbius, and is lacking only a suitable head: the head of a Time Lord.
- The Fifth Doctor and Peri discover just how Morbius’s brain survived in Warmonger.
- Stories which share similar ideas to The Brain of Morbius include:
- Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, in which a scientist attempts to create new life by joining together the organs of a number of deceased bodies.
Curt Siodmak’s 1942 novel Donovan’s Brain, in which a scientist tries to keep the disembodied brain of an evil billionaire alive.
H. P. Lovecraft’s Herbert West – Reanimator, in which a chemist and his fearful assistant attempt to resurrect the dead.
At the end of Part Four, the TARDIS dematerialises instantaneously with a flash and a puff of smoke, rather than fading away gradually. The dematerialisation sound is played at a higher speed than usual.
- Colin Fay, who played Condo, was an opera singer.
- Images of production team seen during the mindbending battle.
Many of the faces in the mental battle between the Doctor and Morbius are members of the production team who worked on this story. In order of appearance, they are Christopher Baker, Robert Holmes, Graeme Harper, Douglas Camfield, Philip Hinchcliffe, Robert Banks Stewart, George Gallaccio and Christopher Barry
- Robin Bland is a pseudonym of Terrance Dicks and Robert Holmes.
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