Doctor Who: The Robots of Death
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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: First broadcast in early 1977, "Robots of Death" follows on directly from "Face of Evil," which was writer Chris Boucher's debut and also that of Louise Jameson's Leela, the Doctor's most shapely companion (a kind of Neanderthal Seven of Nine if you will). Boucher's second Who story concerns an isolated mining ship on which a series of inexplicable deaths takes place--although as the Doctor opines, "nothing is inexplicable, only unexplained." The Doctor and Leela inevitably become embroiled in events, which soon turn into a sci-fi murder-mystery: imagine Isaac Asimov crossed with Agatha Christie in a Dune-like setting. Add an undercover robot sent by "the company" and the claustrophobic, not to say deadly, setting of the mining ship, and there is a fascinating foreshadowing of Alien, too. It is tightly plotted, intelligent Saturday afternoon entertainment (something that was possible then but is now an unthinkable oxymoron) with a typically strong cast of redoubtable thespians in supporting roles (not to mention extravagant costumes and garish makeup). There may be no Daleks or Cybermen, but this is vintage Who nonetheless. ...Doctor Who - The Robots of Death ( The Robots of Death ) ( Doctor Who: The Robots of Death )
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I do not want to give spoilers, so there the briefest of plot overviews:
On a planet far far away, a colossal sand-miner factory vehicle called Storm Mine 4, is slowly mining the surface of a vast, desolate desert in search of precious minerals. The sand-miner is crewed by nine humans and plethora of different 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 sand-miner design and function were heavily influence by Frank Herbert's Dune, .Read more ›
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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Very good Tom Baker, shame no Liz Sladen.
Nice to see Pamela Salem as well.
Just the right length 4 episodes.
This is a Dutch edition of the DVD, which I didn't expect at all. Fewer extras than I would have expected to see on the UK version. Caveat Emptor!Published 18 months ago by D C Sutton