Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

The Mind Robber

This is the second story in Season 6.

Where does this fit?

This follows on immediately from the end of the previous story, The Dominators.


The second Doctor is short with a beatles moptop. He tends to act the part of a fool and give events a push in the right direction rather than directly taking control. He also plays the recorder.


Jamie McCrimmon is a scots piper who met the Doctor after the battle of Culluden in The Highlanders (Classic Series Season 4). He is proud of his Scottishness and wears a kilt and carries a dirk (knife).

Zoe Heriot is a scientist from the 21st Century with an eidetic memory. Her specialities are astrophysics and mathematics. She helped the Doctor and Jamie defeat Cybermen in The Wheel in Space before deciding to join them in their travels.

Recurring and Historical Characters


The story follows on from the end of The Dominators (Classic Series Season 6), in which the TARDIS is trapped in a lava flow.

There are a large number of literary allusions, most importantly to Gulliver's Travels. A very general knowledge of Greek Mythology, and the fairytale of Rapunzel are also useful to understand what's going on.


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