Sat, 6 September 2014
#doctorwho #robotsofsherwood #tindogpodcast review
|244 – "Robot of Sherwood"|
|Doctor Who episode|
|Executive producer(s)||Steven Moffat
|Incidental music composer||Murray Gold|
|Originally broadcast||6 September 2014|
"Robot of Sherwood" is the third episode of the eighth series of the British science fictiontelevision programme Doctor Who, written byMark Gatiss and directed by Paul Murphy, and first broadcast on 6 September 2014. The episode stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, with Tom Riley and Ben Millerguest-starring.
The BBC released a 30 second trailer for the episode on 1 September 2014.
In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, writer Mark Gatiss stated that his intent with the episode was "to do the Doctor and Robin Hoodin 45 minutes". He went on to state: "The premise is inherently funny, but I didn’t think of it as the funnier episode when I was doing it. It’s still asking big questions. But it’s definitely more frivolous.”
On 4 September 2014, the BBC announced that a beheading scene from the episode's climatic battle had been edited out due to the recent murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
On 18 August 2014, a rough version of the episode was leaked online. The leaked version was black-and-white and did not contain any visual effects or music. This followed the leaks of the previous two episodes, "Deep Breath" and "Into the Dalek". The BBC released a statement urging fans not to spread spoilers from the pirated copy.
The critical reception of the episode was largely positive. Simon Brew of Den of Geekcommended the lightness of the episode, in contrast to Capaldi's opening two episodes. He writes that "Robot of Sherwood" is "the kind of Doctor Who you reach for when you've got a spare hour, and just want to get a great big smile on your face".