Aliens of the Mind started life as an outline for TV’s Doctor Who by the show’s script editor Robert Holmes. Although not commissioned for the show, Holmes was asked to develop the idea for Radio 4. However work commitments meant that the scripts were ultimately written by Rene Bascilico based on Holmes’ original idea.
The six-part drama centres around the discovery, on a remote Scottish island, of a community of ‘human mutants’ capable of telepathy. A plan is in place to use them to control the British Government, and friends Curtis Lark (Vincent Price) and Hugh Baxter (Peter Cushing) join forces to combat them.
Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1977.
‘Cushing is the perfect gentleman investigator, while Price could be reading a tax return and it would still be gripping. It might be old but this screams quality, just as loudly as that howling wind.’ Radio Times (Jane Anderson)
The death of a man on the remote Scottish island of Luig sparks a sinister discovery. Can two doctors get to the bottom of the mystery?
Curtis and Baxter try to get Flora off the island of mutants.
The doctors return to London to continue their investigation of Flora’s powers.
The authorities want to conceal Flora’s presence, but how long can she fend them off?
A colony of mutants exists in the heart of London, and the only person who could fight them is dead.
An MP discovers that he is a mutant being manipulated by an unidentified controller.
STARS: Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Henry Stamfer, Sandra Clark, Shirley Dickson, Irene Tucklef, Fraser Carr, Andrew Spear, Steve Titus, Joan Matheson, William Eagle, Clifford Norgate, Michael Harver, James Thomlinson, Richard Herndle, Joan Benom
WRITER: Rene Bascilico
PRODUCER: John Dyer
EFFECTS: Chris Jenkins
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You can also listen to the radio drama in full from the Internet Archive.
3 thoughts on “Aliens in the Mind (1977) | When Vincent Price and Peter Cushing joined forces in the radio drama”
Awesome story for radio. But tell me, just who was Rene Basilico, the writer?
Hi Barry. Rene Basilico was a writer for radio and TV, whose other work included The Price of Fear episode Fish and Travels with My Aunt starring Dame Hilda Brackett for radio and Uncle Tulip (Comedy Playhouse) and John Browne’s Body for TV. He also directed educational shorts in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Rene Basilico is a genius. He made “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “A small town in Germany” and “Smiley’s People” , the John Le Carre master pices, back in the 80’s. These are the best book adaptation ever made of said plays, starring Bernard Hepton, Douglas Blackwell, Edward De Souza and Charles Grout. A true genius just unfairly forgotten….