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Robot


Mortally weakened by the Spider Queen on Metebelis 3, the Doctor is forced to regenerate. His recuperation is cut short as UNIT investigate a spate of robberies involving components for a top-secret disintegrator gun. The culprit is quickly identified as a highly sophisticated robot built by Professor Kettlewell, which is being ordered to act against its prime directive.

Just how is the robot being used to carry out the sinister agenda of the Scientific Reform Society? And can the Doctor rescue Sarah from the robot's clutches and avert a nuclear war?
 

-- from the DVD release, 2007

Episode timings on DVD: 24'16", 25'02", 24'33", 24'31"
Episode timings on PasB: 24'11", 25'00", 24'29", 24'29"
 

VHS releases



06/01/1992: UK - BBC Enterprises Ltd - BBCV4714 [deleted 9/5/1996, not pictured]
03/07/1992: Aus/NZ - PolyGram, BBC47142 [not pictured]
??/??/1994: US - CBS/Fox, 8103  [renumbered to E1260 in 2000 by Warner Home Video]

Cover art by Alistair Pearson.

DVD releases



04/06/2007: UK - 2Entertain - BBCDVD2332
03/07/2007: Aus/NZ - Roadshow Entertainment - Cat# Unknown
14/08/2007: US - Warner Home Video - E4112

Cover art by Clayton Hickman. Liner notes by Sue Cowley (the first time these had been credited).

DVD Bonus features

 
Easter Egg: Continuities (click left from Special Features on the main menu)  
 
Are Friends Electric? (38'57")

The making of Robot.
  • Barry Letts sets the scene of the importance of Robot. Philip Hinchcliffe explains his and Barry's work on it while George Gallaccio shares his thoughts and Terrance Dicks on his thoughts about leaving the show and handing over to Robert Holmes.
  • Elisabeth Sladen and Letts on the UNIT family breaking up.
  • Letts talks about casting a new Doctor (and the possibilities he went through such as Graham Crowden and Michael Bentine) and Tom Baker explains what he went through to get the part.
  • Hinchcliffe, Letts and Christopher Barry on inheriting great cast from Bill Slater.
  • Dicks, Baker, Letts and Hinchcliffe explain how the fourth Doctor was created - Baker admits it's just him.
  • Sladen, Baker and Barry on the costume - and specifically the scarf.
  • Baker shares with us what it is to be a children's hero.
  • Dicks, Barry, Letts, on the plot of Robot and its links to King Kong.
  • Dicks, Letts and Alec Linstead talk about feminism, while Sladen and Gallaccio talk about Barry.
  • Letts, Barry, Sladen and Baker remember Ian Marter, and the relationships between the lead actors.
  • Patricia Maynard gives us her views on Miss Wynters and Sladen on the importance of casting - Ed Burnham particularly.
  • Edward Burnham and Barry on the character of Professor Kettlewell. And his hair.
  • Burnham and Baker remember Michael Kilgarriff. Kilgarriff shares his memories, both of being cast and of the difficulties in the costume.
  • Letts and Barry explain CSO and its limitations. Letts also explains why they began using video cameras during outside recordings where CSO was planned.
  • Sladen defends the low budget of Doctor Who, and final thoughts from Baker...

Clips are letterboxed to remain in 4:3
For Craig Hinton
Interviewers: Victoria Berry, Conrad Turner
Photographic Research: Derek Handley, Ralph Montagu
Thanks to: Mark Ayres, Andrew Martin, Gareth A Roberts, John Sheen
Robot Costume courtesy of Doctor Who Museum, Golden Mile Centre, BlackpooL
Additional Camera: Une Herzer, Steve Broster
Additional Sound: Angus Anderson
Colourist: Jonathan Wood
Filmed and Edited by John Kelly
Devised and Produced by Andrew Beech
(C) 2007 2entertain

 

The Tunnel Effect (13'47")
An interview with Bernard Lodge, who explains what brought him to his career, how the howlaround effect was created (and the decisions he made when updating it for Troughton and Pertwee), where he found inspiration for the time tunnel titles, his thoughts on the Sid Sutton starfield titles, his thoughts on the 2005 titles and how the time tunnel effect was created.
Narrator: George Kelly
With thanks to Bernard Lodge, John Leatherbarrow, Ken Morse, Begonia Tamarit
Music by Jan Cyrka, Toby Brincheno, Christian Henson, Joe Henson & Saba Winter
Lighting Cameraman: David Simmons
Production Runner: Louis Yung-Hoi
On-Line Editor: Leanne Sheppard
Colourist: Jonathan Wood
Executive Producer: Dan Hall
Produced & Directed by Brendan Sheppard
(C) 2007 2entertain

Blue Peter

Photo Gallery
(4'12")
60 b/w and colour photos from the production.
Thanks to Derek Handley, BBC Photo Library
(C) 2007 2entertain

Radio Times Listings
PDF feature

Commentary
By Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen and Terrance Dicks.

Info Text

Restoration Notes

The video was transferred from the D3 copies of the original 2" master tapes and with dropouts and regrading provided by Jonathan Wood and Mark Ayres working on audio. Two sped-up videodisk shots were retimed to smooth out the respeeding, although the budget did not stretch to using CG to replace the Robot or the infamous tank.

Classifications

28/11/1991 - Passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK.
28/01/1992 - Passed as 'G' by the OFLC for Aus/NZ.
16/04/2007 - Bonus features passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK.
07/05/2007 - Passed as 'PG' (for "Mild themes") by the OFLC for Aus/NZ.


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