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This side-scrolling platformer features the sixth Doctor (who was played by Colin Baker) from the long running sci-fi British television series. The Time Lords have become aware of an evil force called The Master on the second moon of the planet Rijar taking over a mining base of the heatonite mineral to build a TIRU (Time Instant Reply Unit). A memory capsule on how to build a TIRU must be recovered and The Doctor must succeed as The Master plans to modify it by using The Doctor's brain to control both the past and future. The Doctor can jump, climb ladders, push buttons, and throw or use items.

He is accompanied by a robotic female cat named Splinx (who may remind you of the more famous K9 robot dog). The Doctor can only carry four items in his pockets, so Splinx is a valuable ally for fetching and carrying additional items. Even large items can fit in her dimensionally transcendental hyperspace load module. Splinx can also avoid proximity sensors and other creatures along with any items she carries. Occasionally, her energizer cells have to be recharged at external power points and the Doctor can place location markers to which she can find her way back to. Along the way, you will meet local peaceful Rijans who can be asked to perform simple tasks, and Cryostan plants which are used to make super-coolant fluid. There are also dangerous creatures called Madrags, as well as cyber guards to beware of.


Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror Commodore 64 Title screen.
Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror BBC Micro Info about the game's author
Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror Commodore 64 Climbing ladders.
Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror BBC Micro Life was lost after falling on spikes

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Zzap! (Italy) Commodore 64 May, 1986 86 out of 100 86
Zzap! Commodore 64 May, 1986 86 out of 100 86
Commodore User Commodore 64 Feb, 1986 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jun, 1986 4 out of 10 40


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Technical specifics

The game is one of the first (and only) games for BBC Micro that came on both a tape/disk and ROM. The player has to install the ROM in the BBC Micro's ROM Slot, and then load up the game.


It is said that Micro Power put so much money into developing this game that it significantly contributed to them going bankrupt.

Much of the expense mentioned above went into developing a Spectrum version which was ultimately unreleased.
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