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YMMV / Doctor Who S6 E2 "The Mind Robber"

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  • Best Known for the Fanservice: The shot of Zoe in a tight catsuit clinging to the TARDIS console, with heavy Male Gaze focus on her... pronounced butt, is one of the most memorable scenes in the serial.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The entire serial can be considered one for Doctor Who in general. The concept of the characters ending up in a universe populated by fictional characters is bizarre, even by Doctor Who standards, and despite a theory that "Gulliver" is actually one of the Time Lords who shows up in "The War Games", the actual events of this serial are never mentioned again, with the following serial starting off with the characters acting as though the TARDIS had not recently exploded.
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  • Bizarro Episode: The TARDIS materialises outside reality and then explodes, and the characters find themselves randomly interacting with fictional characters. A strong contender for most surreal Doctor Who story ever.
  • Fight Scene Failure: On the DVD extras, Wendy Padbury states her dissatisfaction with the Zoe-Karkus fight — which, as usual for this era of the show, was shot on video with no possibility of editing or retakes.
  • Genius Bonus: Viewers with a detailed knowledge of Gulliver's Travels will recognize Lemuel by his first few lines of dialogue, even if they're just reading the transcript.
  • Padding: The first episode was hastily assembled to extend a four-episode story to five episodes. It lacks a credited writer, as it was devised on-set by the director, prop department and actors.
  • Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: The story starts off in a very dark way, with the travellers trapped in a world of Mind Screw and killer robots while their beloved TARDIS explodes. Somehow, it ends with a superhero fighting an army of toy soldiers, only to be replaced by Cyrano de Bergerac, who fights D'Artagnan, who fights Blackbeard, who fights Sir Lancelot.
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  • Sacred Cow: Despite the bizarre premise (or perhaps because of that), it's unanimously considered by fans as one of the Second Doctor's best and most creative serials, in addition of escaping the typical structure "Base Under Siege" of his era.
  • Uncanny Valley: The blank-faced, life-sized tin soldiers are firmly in this territory.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: There are several nice moments; one particular high point comes with the use of stop-motion animation to depict Medusa's snakes.


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