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The Robots of Death: Part One 

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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29 January 1977 (UK)  »

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Although this serial has gone on to become one of the most popular Doctor Who (1963) serials ever made, director Michael E. Briant revealed on the Special Edition DVD commentary that neither he nor star Tom Baker liked the script by Chris Boucher very much. Briant claimed he believed it owed too much to Agatha Christie and was fairly average. Briant added that he thought the story's greatest attribute was its design work. 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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Chub: There was a Voc therapist in Kaldor City. Specially programmed, equipped with vibro-digits, subcutaneous stimulators, the lot. You know what happened, Borg? Its first client wanted treatment for a stiff elbow. The Voc therapist felt carefully all round the joint, and then suddenly just twisted his arm off at the shoulder. Shoompf. All over in two seconds.
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Referenced in The Sandmine Murders (2012) See more »

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Préludes, Book 1 no 8: La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl With the Flaxen Hair)
Composed by Claude Debussy
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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