The Mind Runners (7.3)

Big Finish, Fourth Doctor Series


The Doctor and Leela land on Chaldera, where the main city covers the entire planet. There is something strange going on where all of the people who are called Mind Runners who were in a certain group are being killed off. There are political machinations going, with Mr. Shift being an assassin for hire. Apt name as he has become a creature who can change his physical form as he wants to due to an experiment gone wrong. Then there are the mechanical creatures who have their own lives, called the Digitals, with their own agenda. And the Night Mind, a powerful mind hidden from most. The Mind Runners use mechanical means to hitch rides in the minds of other people, to watch what they do and listen in to their lives for however long they want to. An interesting technology and who knows, possibly one in our future. And everyone wants to escape in the rocket that is being built. Where people go in but it never seems to take off…

This is really an excellent start to the two-parter, setting up the mystery and sucking me in. I was right on to the next one as soon as I had a moment. I wanted to know more about mind running and about the mayor who was betraying everyone. Or was that in part II? The details all merge together after awhile. And how will the Doctor fix this one? Though we still know there’s something else more sinister going on…

Tom Baker(The Doctor),Louise Jameson(Leela),John Leeson(K9), Josette Simon (Taraneh), Sarah Lark (Jacinta), Alex Wyndham (Raph), Robert Duncan (Krayl / Sternwood / Eldren), Andy Secombe (Cloten / Shift).Other parts played by members of the cast.

Writer: John Dorney

Director: Nicholas Briggs

Released: January 2018

Laura Vilensky 2019