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The Fourth Doctor - The Robots of Death

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« on: March 13, 2011, 09:23:12 am »

by Chris Boucher

Starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson.

Production Code: 4R

First Transmitted:
1 - 29/01/1977 18:20
2 - 05/02/1977 18:20
3 - 12/02/1977 18:20
4 - 19/02/1977 18:20

Quote from: The Discontinuity Guide
'I see. You're one of those boring maniacs who's going to gloat, hmm? You going to tell me your plan for running the Universe?' The script is one of the best ever: a tightly constructed, claustrophobic SF thriller, with moments of great psychological insight. Even Chris Boucher, though, must have been delighted when he saw the finished product, a rare case of something being enhanced by clever, opulent design. The art deco robots are all the more frightening for being beautiful and well spoken. The actors put in flawless performances, and the direction is superb.
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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2012, 06:12:43 am »

It was thanks to an artist on dA that I got interested in the Vocs' design. I never expected this story to be special, but I'd heard a lot about it. Man, was I blown away when I first watched this one. Definitely one of the top Baker stories, and one that's easily watchable even in 2012. When that Voc goes "Kill, Kill, Kill." I was so ecstatic. This one sure survived the test of time.
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« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2013, 12:19:41 pm »

Really got off on this one. What made it so interesting was the interaction between the characters. The male characters spend the whole time arguing with each other and getting in each faces (quite literally sometimes) while the female characters basically ask rhetorical questions, often just repeating what the male character has just said. The robots come off as the only civilized presence, wandering around like civil servants being so polite! I'm sure there were lots of allusions to Asimov (apart from the commander's name) that I didn't pick up having only read one of Asimov's books. Interesting to see Brian Croucher -- later to turn up as Travis in the second season of Blake's 7  -- as Borg.

Downside was some rather obvious use of models.
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