Doctor Who: Season 12, Episode 4

Robot: Part Four (18 Jan. 1975)

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UNIT attempt to get into the bunker to stop Miss Winters setting off the world's nuclear missiles but first they have to get past the K1.

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UNIT attempt to get into the bunker to stop Miss Winters setting off the world's nuclear missiles but first they have to get past the K1.

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Doctor Who: You know, what you need is a change.
Sarah Jane Smith: Hmm.
Doctor Who: How about a little trip in the TARDIS? I'm just off.
Sarah Jane Smith: Wait, you can't just go!
Doctor Who: Why not? It's a free cosmos!
Sarah Jane Smith: The Brigadier!
Doctor Who: The Brigadier? Wants me to address the cabinet? Have lunch at Downing Street, dinner at the Palace, and write seventeen reports in triplicate! Well I won't do it. I won't, I won't, I...
Doctor Who: [pounds his fist on the table] won't!
Sarah Jane Smith: [startled] Ooh!
Doctor Who: Why should I?
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"You know, just once I'd like to meet an alien menace that wasn't immune to bullets." Good finish to Tom Bakers first adventure.

Doctor Who: Robot: Part 4 starts as the misguided Professor Kettlewell (Edward Burnham) gets cold feet over the plan to wipe out the human race by the evil Miss Winters (Patricia Maynard) & the Scietific Reform Society she commands, unfortunately in a struggle he is accidentally vapourised by his robotic creation K-1 who goes loopy after he realises he has killed the man who made him. The Doctor (Tom Baker) & Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) manage to stop the countdown to the atomic bomb launch & arrest Miss Winters, however in the confusion K-1 kidnaps Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) but after he is shot by Lethbridge-Stewart with the disintegrator gun K-1 grows in size until he's as tall as a house at which point he carries Sarah Jane off, it's up to the Doctor to save her...

This Doctor Who adventure was episode 4 from season 12 that aired here during the early part of 1975 & was Tom Bakers first story as the Timelord, directed by Christopher Barry I really enjoyed Robot from Part 1 right up to Part 4. The script by Terrance Dicks suddenly turns into a King Kong (1932) homage as the huge robot has a crush on Sarah Jane (he's not alone there) & he wanders around with her in his pincer like hand, it's all rather fun although I thought the end to this story was a bit rushed as the Doctor uses nothing more than a red bucket full of bubbling liquid to destroy the robot! Unfortunately Miss Winters doesn't get much screen time during Part 4, she's an absolute hoot with her military style uniform complete with armband & black leather gloves & boots, all she needed was a German accent. This story has been great fun from start to finish & the King Kong style climax just adds to it, top entertainment.

The special effects have been kept to a minimum during Robot but there's some in this episode including the poor looking scenes where the robot grows & subsequently shrinks, there are some dodgy looking scenes of the robot walking down a street with a doll in it's hand that's supposed to be Sarah Jane. I actually felt quite sorry for the robot at the end as he was being used for evil & it wasn't really his fault was it, or am I just a big softy? I also rather liked the incidental music composed for this story which is pretty effective.

Robot is a great start to the Tom Baker era, a definite must for fans (like me) & those who just want to watch some mildly scary light hearted sci-fi. Overall I'm going to give Robot a deserved 8 stars out of 10 across it's four episodes.


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