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The Robots of Death: Part Two 

As the strangulations continue and the humans aren't sure who to blame, Leela meets up with an anomaly among the robot crew - an inquisitive, supposedly mute single-function labor robot ... See full summary »

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As the strangulations continue and the humans aren't sure who to blame, Leela meets up with an anomaly among the robot crew - an inquisitive, supposedly mute single-function labor robot capable of independent reasoning. Meanwhile the Doctor starts looking into the possibility that the murderer is a robot, and another crew member is targeted for death. Written by statmanjeff

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5 February 1977 (UK)  »

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Because this episode ran short, the closing moments were augmented with the subplot about the overloading motive units. The cliffhanger had originally centred on Zilda's death. See more »

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Crew member visible in the mirror after Zilda enters her quarters. See more »

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Doctor Who: I have an uncomfortable feeling that, if the murderer doesn't kill us, the commander will. That is assuming they're not one and the same person.
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Featured in Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (2013) See more »

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Sci-Fi/Horror Classic with exceptional Art Deco robots.
10 December 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 4 episodes:

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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