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Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius (Story 84) (2008)

Tom Baker , Elisabeth Sladen , Christopher Barry  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Philip Madoc
  • Directors: Christopher Barry
  • Writers: Terrance Dicks, Robert Holmes
  • Producers: Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C71IGA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,611 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Brain of Morbius (Story 84)" on IMDb

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The planet Karn is home both to a mystic Sisterhood, whose sacred flame produces an elixir of life, and to Mehendri Solon, a fanatical scientist who is using the remnants of spaceship crash victims to put together a new body for the still-living brain of the executed Time Lord criminal Morbius. When the Doctor and Sarah arrive on the planet, Solon decides that the Doctor's head is just what he needs to complete his work.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Planet of the Modern Prometheus. July 10, 2008
Season Thirteen.
Much to the Doctors chagrin the Time Lords have taken control of the TARDIS, sending the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith into very dangerous ground upon the stormlashed spaceship graveyard planet of Karn.
Sheltering from the rain in a castle atop a mountain, the Doctor encounters the surgeon Mehendri Solon, and his simple minded slave/assistant Condo conducting gruesome experiments on living flesh, but for what reason?
And now as a storm approaches, great evil from the depths of Time Lord history plots its return to the land of the living.
But can even the Doctor's mind, be a match for The Brain of Morbius.
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Four episodes of sumptuous gothic filled suspense, suspense that will suspend your everyday worries and cares, well at least for ninety minutes anyway. Mr Baker and Ms Sladen are on sparkling form, as is Philip Madoc, marvellously getting his teeth into a role he can go gloriously over the top with. Welsh born Madoc was a; "Who" semi regular, featuring in stories like The War Games as The War Lord, The Krotons as Eelek, and The Power of Kroll as Fenner. As well as the second Peter Cushing Dalek film. And with the passing of time, even writer Terrance Dicks no longer feels so bland towards this story anymore. For people like myself who finds the extras a nice touch, I did feel the extras were a bit on the weak side compared to some other releases.
Warning to the parents of little ones, the scene where Solon shoots Condo reveals a bit of blood, so a bit of parental discretion may be called for there.
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Commentary by Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Philip Madoc, Philip Hinchcliffe and Christopher Barry .
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Morbius's brain... on the floor!" November 15, 2008
I out-and-out love this story. I've taken the typical "Doctor Who" fan's path to this point of view, however. I was riveted at age 11, embarrassed at age 16, and now celebrate it in all its campy glory. When the disembodied brain of Morbius fell onto the floor with an audible "splat!" late in Part Three, I actually cheered.

What's most impressive about the DVD release is the Restoration Team's attitude to the story. Now that the classic series DVDs have been coming out for almost ten years, and the greatest of the great stories have long since been released, and the available remaining stories come from deep in the third tier (and now, with the imminent release of Doctor Who: Four to Doomsday (Episode 118), the fourth tier), it is hard to predict what editorial slant the DVD extra features will take. I've been surprised, for example, by the coldness toward Doctor Who - Black Orchid (Episode 121), and I nodded along to the wistful revelation that Doctor Who: The Invisible Enemy/K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend just hasn't aged that well at all.

Fortunately, the DVD producers appear to love Morbius, and for roughly the same reasons that I do. They're perhaps a little too enamored of Philip Madoc's Shatner-esque turn as this story's Dr. Frankenstein stand-in, Solon. But everyone loves the dimly heroic Condo, the one-armed manservant standing in for Igor.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Producer Philip Hinchcliffe and script editor Robert Holmes made gothic horror a signature theme of Doctor Who in the mid-1970s and attracted some of the largest television audiences in the show's history. Their riff on the Frankenstein story, "The Brain of Morbius," topped 10 million viewers every week at a time when the U.K.'s population was 56 million.

The Doctor and Sarah land on the desolate planet Karn where an arcane sisterhood keeps vigil over a dying flame that produces an elixir of life which their order relies on to survive. Elsewhere on the planet, a brilliant but deranged neurosurgeon named Solon pieces together body parts from crash victims into a patchwork creature to contain the disembodied brain of Morbius, a rebel Time Lord long believed dead. When the Doctor arrives at his mountaintop castle, Solon believes he has found the perfect head for Morbius' brain and drugs the Doctor in hopes of surgically removing it. Meanwhile, the Sisterhood of Karn thinks the Doctor has been sent by the Time Lords to steal their dwindling supply of elixir and tries to burn him at the stake.

Among many other fine actors, "Morbius" showcases the work of veteran character actor Philip Madoc as the mad scientist Solon, a role the show's producers had considered offering to Peter Cushing and Vincent Price. Madoc delivers a performance neither of these actors could have topped. The Welsh actor appeared in three other Doctor Who stories between 1968 and 1979, including "The War Games" in which he played the villainous War Lord. To give you some idea of Madoc's range, he also played the evil Huron Indian chief Magua in the 1971 BBC adaptation of "The Last of the Mohicans," later featured on U.S. public television as part of the Masterpiece Theatre series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein...Whovian Style :)
As usual I will skip the plot line and get on with what you really want to know.

One disc containing 4 episodes and a few extras. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Jim Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Baker Fun!
This is The Fourth Doctor having a good time messing with the Sisterhood of Karn. This is a great introduction into the Sisterhood of Karn, and a great start to "The Night of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrea13
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeking the "Best Of" Early Dr. Who
THE BRAIN OF MORBIUS is one of the handful I hadn't seen as a kid, not until I had ordered the DVD 4 years back, and I had to debate for awhile if this finely crafted adventure was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tinfoot
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old Tom Baker
T. Baker is definitely one of my favorite Doctors; I think the main reason being is a grew up seeing him as the doctor. It's always interesting when they bring other time lords in.
Published 5 months ago by Chevy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase
With the resurgent popularity of Dr. Who, it was nice to find some of the classics at an affordable price.
Published 6 months ago by Keith S Pederson
5.0 out of 5 stars My First 4th doctor Story
I am a new Doctor Who fan and only started with Matt Smith. So i became a huge Nu-Who fan. Once the night of the doctor hit (a prequel to the day of the doctor) i was a big fan... Read more
Published 6 months ago by JAOF
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Baker stories from the gothic period of Doctor Who
I saw this when I was a kid and still love it, how can anyone not? It has Tom Baker as The Doctor, Elizabeth Sladen as the endearingly innocent but sexy Sarah Jane, a mad... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ferris Bueller
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Baker - Dr. Who & the Brain of Morbius
I've been trying to find just this one episode for literally YEARS! It was absolutely wonderful when I found it on Amazon.com after a friend suggested I check for it there. Read more
Published 8 months ago by maybe not
3.0 out of 5 stars who?
Tom Baker was my first Doctor. I followed him from his first episode to his last. But then I sorta lost track. Trying to catch up, I see the Doctor is the Doctor. Great is great.
Published 9 months ago by E. Cherry
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat tedious...
Unlike most Who fans, it seems, I found this story to be somewhat tedious.

The Sisterhood's chanting make Fast Forward buttons a wonderful thing, and the ultra-cheap... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nells250
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