Hearing about a man who grew up only around robots and who has threatened to start a robot revolution, and who may be aboard the sandminer under an assumed name, the Doctor takes D.84 to ... See full summary »

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Hearing about a man who grew up only around robots and who has threatened to start a robot revolution, and who may be aboard the sandminer under an assumed name, the Doctor takes D.84 to seek out a possible secret workshop where he would be restructuring robot programming. Meanwhile, as one crew member suffers a complete mental breakdown, reprogrammed robots are ordered to kill all remaining humans. Written by statmanjeff

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Leela throws her knife at a robot, embedding it in its torso. This is achieved with a rapid camera motion and a concealed cut, but before the cut the knife can be seen twirling off-screen on a rapid downward trajectory (and could not possibly have hit its target). See more »

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Doctor Who: [to D.84] There are three types of robots aboard this mine: Dumbs, Vocs, a Super-Voc, and then there's you. Would you care to explain that?
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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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