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"
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 Bonus features
Easter Egg: Continuities (click left from Special Features on the main menu)
Are Friends Electric? (38'57")
The making of Robot.
Clips are letterboxed to remain in 4:3
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
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
By Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen and Terrance Dicks.
Restoration NotesThe 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.
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.