Doctor Who: Season 14, Episode 17

The Robots of Death: Part One (29 Jan. 1977)

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The TARDIS materialize aboard a sandminer, a mining ship on a desert planet run by a robot labor force headed by a fairly small but sniping human crew. As one crewman is discovered ... See full summary »

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The TARDIS materialize aboard a sandminer, a mining ship on a desert planet run by a robot labor force headed by a fairly small but sniping human crew. As one crewman is discovered strangled to death, the Doctor and Leela arrive just in time to become the prime suspects. Written by statmanjeff

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Writer Chris Boucher wrote a sequel, Corpse Marker, for BBC Books, which was published in 1999. See more »

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At the time this episode was set, Louise Jameson wore brown contact lenses as Leela. During the scene in the lounge, the right lens slipped out of place, showing her real blue eye. See more »

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Leela: Sometimes you talk like a Tesh.
Doctor Who: Thank you.
Leela: It was not well meant.
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None But the Weary Heart
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged by Dudley Simpson
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Sci-Fi/Horror Classic with exceptional Art Deco robots.
10 December 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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In the fabulous series 14 this is another very impressive story. Basically a murder mystery in a futuristic setting with horror elements. The Doctor and his new companion Leela arrive on a sandmining vessel manned by a human crew along with robot workers. There has been a murder and The Doctor is immediately assumed to be the killer. As more murders take place The Doctor has to discover the true killer before he himself becomes a victim. The robots are involved and when you hear their gentle, passionless voices and see them turn from servants to red eyed attackers you see this is another big influence (mixed with First Doctor aliens The Sensorites) on Russell T. Davies creations 'The Ood' which first appear in 2006.

The 'Art Deco' style design of the robots is absolutely beautiful and effective and their calm, butler like voices are wonderful. The brilliant realisation of these impeccably designed robots is one of the highlights of this production. There is also yet another exceptional script and thrilling story with great scares and terrific performances from Tom Baker and his new sidekick Louise Jameson. The human characters are good, though in my opinion a couple of them are a little woodenly acted.

This maintains the super high standards of the series in this period and is another must see for fans.


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