THE CURIOUS CASE OF
THE MORBIUS DOCTORS

The Doctor & Morbius

The 1976 story The Brain of Morbius, contains one of the biggest mysteries in Doctor Who lore - the Morbius Doctors. In a mind bending contest with the Time Lord criminal Morbius, we see a series of mysery faces that appear to previous incarnations of the Doctor that predate the William Hartnell model which we have always thought of as the First incarnation. Producer Philip HInchcliffe has stated that "We tried to get famous actors for the faces of the Doctor. But because no one would volunteer, we had to use backroom boys. And it is true to say that I attempted to imply that William Hartnell was not the first Doctor". So who were the Morbius Doctors?

Christopher BakerRobert Holmes

Christopher BakerRobert Holmes

Graeme HarperRobert Banks Stewart

George GallaccioChristopher Barry


In order, from the top, the faces that appear on the screen belong to -

1) CHRISTOPER BAKER - member of the '70s production team.

2) ROBERT HOLMES - then script editor and regularly penned adventures from the Troughton era onwards until his death.

3) GRAEME HARPER - than an Assistant Floor Manager and later a director for the classic series and returned in 2006 to direct a further ten adventures for new Who.

4) DOUGLAS CAMFIELD - veteran Who director, helming adventures for Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee and Tom Baker.

5) PHILIP HINCHCLIFFE - Producer of Doctor Who for the first three Tom Baker seasons (1975 to 1977)

6) ROBERT BANKS STEWART - writer of two Fourth Doctor adventures: Terror of the Zygons (1975) and The Seeds of Doom (1976).

7) GEORGE GALLACCIO - Production Unit Manager for several Pertwee and Baker stories.

8) CHRISTOPHER BARRY - another long serving Who director.

For all you fact fans out there, the more proflic of these gentlemen's careers in Doctor Who are listed below...

ROBERT HOMLES wrote many scripts for the show.

For the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
The Krotons (1968)
The Space Pirates (1969)

For the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)
Spearhead From Space (1970)
Terror of the Autons (1971)
Carnival of Monsters (1973)
The Time Warrior (1973)

For the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
The Ark in Space (1974), based on a script by John Lucarotti
Pyramids of Mars (1975), credited as 'Stephen Harris'
The Brain of Morbius (1976), credited as 'Robin Bland', based on a script by Terrance Dicks
The Deadly Assassin (1976)
The Talons of Weng Chiang (1977)
The Sun Makers (1977)
The Ribos Operation (1978)
The Power of Kroll (1978)

For the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison)
The Caves of Androzani (1984)

For the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)
The Two Doctors (1985)
The Mysterious Planet (1986)
The Ultimate Foe (1986) - first episode only


GRAEME HARPER directed many episodes of Doctor Who and is the only director to work for both the classic and new series.

For the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
Warriors Gate (1980) (uncredited)

For the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison)
The Caves of Androzani (1984)

) For the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)
Revelation of the Daleks (1985)

For the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
Rise of the Cybermen/Age Of Steel (2006)
Army of Ghosts/Doomsday (2006)
42 (2007)
Utopia (2007)
Time Crash (2007)
Planet of the Ood (2008)
The Unicorn and the Wasp (2008)
Turn Left (2008)
The Stolen Earth/Journey's end (2008)
The Waters of Mars (2009)


DOUGLAS CAMFIELD directed many classic stories -

For the First Doctor (William Hartnell)
Planet of the Giants (1964)
The Crusade (1965)
The Time Meddler (1965)
The Myth Makers (1965) The Daleks' Master Plan (1966)

For the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
The Web of Fear (1968)
The Invasion (1968)

For the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)
Inferno (1970)

For the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
Terror of the Zygons (1975)
The Seeds of Doom (1976)


CHRISTOPHER BARRY directed numerous serials down the years -

For the First Doctor (William Hartnell)
The Daleks(1964) - episodes 1,2,4 & 5
The Rescue (1965)
The Romans (1965)
The Savages
(1966)
For the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
The Power of the Daleks (1966)

For the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)
The Daemons (1971)
The Mutants (1972)

For the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
Robot (1974)
The Brain of Morbius (1976)
The Creature From The Pit (1979)


JIM MOON, 19th June 2010


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