Doctor Who - The Brain of Morbius - Collector's Edition (DVD, 2008)
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- drmidDec 04, 2013by
Will watch again and again and again ... .
I will admit this is one of my favorite Tom Baker story lines, and I was happy that they used it for a tie-in for the 50th anniversary -- Paul Mcgann's mini webisode. It's your basic Frankenstein story with a maniacal Timelord thrown in and a reference to Timelords needing help outside of themselves. There are other things thrown in that are hidden gems, as well as that original Doctor Who kitch, which kept a lot of the US Sci Fi fans await at the time.
- coach_monkFeb 11, 2014by
Great classic Who serial from a golden era!
Wonderful mid-70s Doctor Who serial. By this point Doctor Who was in something of a gothic horror style phase and these episodes are wonderful examples! Special features are pretty standard for classic Who DVD's. There's a making of feature, random news clips and pieces on designing the set.
- kooshmeister3Feb 14, 2012by
"Do you think I care about my ultimate appearance?!"
Once more thanks to the shenanigans of the Time Lords, the Doctor and friend Sarah Jane Smith wind up on the mostly barren planet of Karn, a world notorious for its graveyard of crashed ships. On Karn, the Doctor explains, the Sisterhood of the Eternal Flame live. The Sisterhood are the keepers of the Eternal Flame, which is, well, a flame that burns eternally, giving forth a life-expanding elixir the Sisters drink, allowing them to have lifespans comparable to the Time Lords. But lately the Flame has begun burning low and the elixir has stopped coming, and high priestess Maren is convinced that the Doctor is here to steal it so that the Time Lords can expand their own already lengthy existences. The Doctor is captured by the Sisterhood and rescued by Sarah Jane. In the process, however, Maren uses some magic powder to blind Sarah, although she and the Doctor successfully escape. Sarah worries she is blinded permanently. And so does the Doctor.
But the Sisterhood aren't the only residents of Karn. There is also a scientist named Solon and his hook-handed assistant Condo, who are scavenging corpses from all those spaceships that have crashed on Karn over the years to build a patchwork body with no head. It turns out that Solon is a fanatical follower of the evil renegade Time Lord Morbius, who years ago had been sentenced to death without regeneration by his fellow Time Lords for a variety of heinous crimes. However brilliant scientist Solon rescued Morbius' brain, which now resides in a jar of green slime in Solon's laboratory, awaiting the completion of its new body so Morbius can come back to life and take over the universe, blah, blah, blah. Solon is just searching for the perfect head. And when he learns about the Doctor, he can't resist the idea of using a Time Lord head to house Morbius' brain.
Not one of Doctor Who's best serials, unlike the other ones I've purchased (The Seeds of Doom, City of Death and Genesis of the Daleks), but a fun time-waster with some excellent homages to older-than-dirt mad scientist tropes. The effects are a hoot. The Daleks were always charmingly doofy despite how dangerous they were, ditto for the Krynoid in The Seeds of Doom, but this... well, when Solon forgoes using the Doctor's head and instead puts Morbius' brain inside of a big fishbowl helmet with bicycle headlight eyestalks and this thing wanders around with one human hand and one crab claw hand, it's just ridiculous. To the story's credit, however, Morbius acknowledges how dumb he looks, but goes a step further and admits he doesn't care. "Do you think I care about my ultimate appearance?!" he rages. Morbius doesn't care what he winds up looking like, just as long as he's brought to life, and the same can be said of this wonderful series as a whole.Read full review
- skiwamApr 15, 2009by
the doctor is in.
"Doctor who" is the long running sci fi show from the uk. The original series ran from 1963 to 1989. And this story was from the midseventies. It was a great period in the shows history with many horror related shows.
This episode is a great story featuring the fourth doctor and it is a homage to Frankenstien. They did a great job of remastering this show and the print never looked better. If you enjoy time travel shows and interesting stories you will enjoy this well made sci fi show and hopefully the rest of the show will be released on dvd at a much faster rate.