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5.0 out of 5 stars It Begins.
Tom Baker, at this point in his illustrious life was a bad tempered, chain smoking, irreligious, binge drinking, bricklayer on a construction site somewhere in London. Then he met Doctor Who's producer, Barry Letts, the man who would quite literally change his life forever and make Baker one of the most well-remembered and iconic people of the 20th century. Now, as a huge...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not a classic.
This story is firmly situated in the middle of what I regard as the golden age of Who (1970-1977). However, it has to be said that it is a bit on the weak side. The special effects suffer from the usual 1970s CSO problems, and the model shots are particularly embarrasing (my wife laughed at the Sarah model & the tank). The plot itself is a mixture of King Kong, Beauty &...
Published on 6 July 2007 by Greg
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Robot  [DVD]  (DVD)Excellent dvd - pure nostalgia, requested by and bought for my son for Christmas. Forms part of his cherished collection.
3.0 out of 5 stars Is That It?...,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Robot  [DVD]  (DVD)There is a lot of hype surrounding ROBOT, what with it being Tom Baker's first ever story, but upon viewing it, I couldn't help but feel "Is that it?"
ROBOT is not a bad story, quite evidently a Doctor Who take on Frankenstien's monster. There are some memorable scenes in episode one, most notably the famous wardrobe scene (and Harry Sullivan in the cupboard, classic!), and episode four wraps off the story very nicely. It's episodes 2 and 3 that struggled to hold my attention the most, I just found there was not a lot to them.
The titular Robot looks a bit dated, but this WAS 1974, so certain things can be excused.
This is the start of a great era of Doctor Who, the TOM BAKER era - certainly not one of the best, but a classic in its own right.
"You can't just go wandering off!"
"Why not? It's a free cosmos!"
5.0 out of 5 stars robot,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Robot  [DVD]  (DVD)I bought this as part of a b irthday present for my grandson who is a big dr who fan and he thought it was great
5.0 out of 5 stars classic story,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Robot  [DVD]  (DVD)Good classic story which started the Tom Baker era. Cant wait for more of the oldies to be released. If you like old ones then buy this story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bye bye Unit!,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Robot  [DVD]  (DVD)Tom Bakers first outing, what I love about the older Dr Who's is we dont need a full series introducing the new Dr. Here he is, he's different right lets get on with it.
A great little story with some shockingly funny special effects. Well worth adding to my ever growing collection.
Jelly Babies first appearance!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Basking in the Indian summer of UNIT,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Robot  [DVD]  (DVD)Undoubtedly this is marred by a couple of things which look rather silly, such as the Doctor attempting to set an elaborate trap for the Robot, which it simply ignores, with his scarf. Kettlewell is too much of a comedy boffin, detracting slightly from the overall effect of the story. Otherwise, Robot is excellent. Miss Winters is a very good characterisation of the nastier sort of female left-wing politician (this type definitely exists, I've met quite a few of them, so please don't think I'm an obnoxious reactionary). The Robot manages to be both an awe-inspiring scary monster and a sympathetic figure, which is example of the better use of CSO in the show. There's an amusing acknowledgement written into the script of the budgetary constraints operating upon Doctor Who when Benton tells Sarah that for financial reasons the Brigadier can't have a captain and a major serving under him as in any normal military organisation, so he, Benton, has to be promoted from Sergeant to Warrant Officer to fill the gap! My chief regret is this. The fourth Doctor was still finding his feet at this point, and at times we get a tantalising glimpse of what Who might have been like if UNIT had carried on a little longer into the new era, with a wonderful new Doctor even more irritating for the Brigadier than his predecessor, providing excellent opportunities for humour (look at the Brig's face when the Doctor makes his "after all, all the rest were foreign" remark). Sadly, this was not to be.
5.0 out of 5 stars You may be a doctor but I am the Doctor,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Robot  [DVD]  (DVD)The beggining of an era, Tom Baker has to be the best Doctor and this is him establishing himself gloriously. An outstanding story and a true classic Robot is a must have for any Whovian worth his salt.
4.0 out of 5 stars Robot revisited,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Robot  [DVD]  (DVD)"Robot" is the first Doctor Who story I can remember. I was five when it came out, and although much of the plot passed over my head, the big scary robot with its disintegrator gun quite caught my imagination, and I re-enacted various scenes in the playground for months afterwards. Re-visiting the story after thirty-five years it is no longer quite as scary, but it's not as bad as I feared. The story moves briskly and generally convincingly, the actors give it their all, there are some good laughs (mostly intentional), and the King Kong-like relationship between Sarah and the robot is nicely handled. And it is fascinating to watch Tom Baker beginning his reign as what remains, for me, the only Doctor.
4.0 out of 5 stars Robot - Sci-Fi-Frankenstein,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Robot  [DVD]  (DVD)Great Classic Doctor Who. Tom Baker makes the role his own within just a few minutes of John Pertwee's departure. The trick perspective tank has to be seen to be believed. I was three when this came out: it's great to rediscover it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Baker's debut is a hit,
This review is from: Doctor Who - Robot  [DVD]  (DVD)Tom Baker's first Dr Who adventure is an exciting story about crazy scientists building a giant robot,and planning (what else?) to take over the world. Tom Baker begins as he means to go on, with lots of jokes and jelly babies. Sarah Jane Smith develops a rather touching relationship with the robot, who struggles uneasily with near-human feelings. My favourite line in the story: "Just for once I'd like to encounter a hostile alien life force that isn't immune to bullets" - Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart.
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Doctor Who - Robot  [DVD]  by Tom Baker (DVD - 2007)