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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Russell Hunter, Louise Jameson, Pamela Salem, David Bailie
  • Directors: Michael E. Briant
  • Producers: Doctor Who - The Robots of Death ( The Robots of Death ) ( Doctor Who: The Robots of Death ), Doctor Who - The Robots of Death, The Robots of Death, Doctor Who: The Robots of Death
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 96.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 9051595506
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,141 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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This was rightly voted as one of the greatest dr whos ever. And it's great to see it on dvd. It is prescient given worries over computers having too much power and turning on their creators. This is a genuinely creepy story and has a nice twist to it. It is a good whodunit and has the usual story of the Dr being mistaken for the baddy. It has excellent cliffhangersand creates a genuine feeling of claustrophobia aboard the ship. Tom Baker is at his best too, showcasing both his humour and his detective talents..
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By Sussman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2014
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 plot-line 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 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, .
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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It would be 5-stars if this was a proper English version rather than a Dutch import. The text on the back about the story and extras is all in Dutch. I think Amazon should make this clearer!
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