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5.0 out of 5 stars Robophobia or 'Grimwade's Syndrome', 28 Jan 2014
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Sussman "Sussman" (London CA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Robots of Death (DVD)
One of my all-time favourite Dr Who productions, when I saw it the first time round, as child, I found it pretty scary stuff. The homicide plotline is indebted in great to Agatha Christie; and her murder mystery thrillers. There also references to Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. What made this particular teleplay so cerebral was the way in which a very clever script, is enriched with great sets/costumes and good acting that has made this set of four episodes a real classic. You even get new psychological clinical terms such as Robophobia or 'Grimwade's Syndrome'. This was second outing for Tom Baker and his new companion and rumour has it that they were not on the best terms to put mildly. I do not want to give spoilers, so there the briefest of plot overviews.

On a planet far far away, a colossal sandminer factory vehicle called Storm Mine 4, is slowly mining the surface of a vast, desolate desert in search of precious minerals. The sandminer is crewed by nine humans and plethora ofdifferent humanoid robots - the black ones are 'Dums' that cannot speak, the pale green are 'Vocs', and a silver is a 'Super Voc' which controls all the 'Dums' and 'Vocs'. The robots conduct a routine scan of the area and locate a large sandstorm (Dune reference), which the humans decide to chase, as the storm will stir up heavier minerals to the surface. A human meteorologist, called Chub goes to gather an instrument package to place into his weather dirigible to study the storm. However, he is found dead,on another part of the vehicle a familiar blue box materializes - so begins another Dr Who adventure.

It is interesting to note that sandminer design and function were heavily influence by Frank Herbert's Dune, . Another point interest aspect, well I found interesting anyway, is that at one point in the narrative the sandminer's engines are about to run out of overheat, threatening the factory vehicle plus crew with imminent destruction. They find the human engineer responsible for controlling the power-plant is dead, strangely enough he is called Borg!

For me this narrative had good twists and turns, and is a real must see on DVD. This particular story has to be somewhere in my top ten Dr Who adventures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom baker was very good as the Dr who, 21 Aug 2013
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Tom baker has always been my best Dr who when I remember watching first when I was only a boy that's why I gave it a 5 star
no dislikes
Good acting & it still even worth watching I have bought this item for a friend to watch he like it to and me I will watch it again,very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Damn good murder mystery story, 27 Feb 2013
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This is one of Tom Bakers best-up there with Genesis,Talons,Pyramids,Assassin-buy it now for a classic piece of Doctor Who back when it was brilliant!
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4.0 out of 5 stars robots of death, 31 Dec 2012
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this is one of the better dr who stories which keeps you interested in the plot and has some good twists
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 15 Dec 2012
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Always noted as one of best Who's and it is!! A great whodunnit set on board a mining craft with robots as servants (or perhaps murderers ?). A good back story and great outfits. One of the best of the best of Tom Baker's stories. An absolute must for any sci-fi or Whovian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite, 20 May 2014
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the sheer beautiful design on this story still holds up today, the movement of the robots the design of the heads and costumes are wonderful.
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