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September 6th, 2014 163 comments

What Did You Think of Robot Of Sherwood?

Now that the Third episode of series 8 has been aired what did you think? Was it everything you had hoped for or not what you expected…

In a sun-dappled Sherwood forest, the Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Robin Hood.

With all of Nottingham at stake, the Doctor must decide who is real and who is fake. Can impossible heroes really exist?


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  • Whoever

    September 8th, 2014 - 4:12pm

    I was unsure when I heard Capaldi was to be the new Doctor but I am won over completely. He makes a refreshing change and the humour is well written. Matt Smith never did it for me (sorry Matt) with just the occasional good episode but this season is looking very good indeed.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    September 8th, 2014 - 3:26pm

    I felt it was a very fun episode, which is a nice change of tone after the darkness of Deep Breath and Into the Dalek. For me, a lot of the appeal of Doctor Who comes from the fun of each adventure. This was definitely a fun one. The plot was simple with decent foreshadowing, the dynamic between the Doctor and Robin Hood never failed to amuse me, Clara continues her trend of being a more consistent character from the previous three episodes, the Sheriff was a bit campy, but fun nonetheless, the robots were menacing until they were defeated by dishes, and the darker Twelfth Doctor fit in surprisingly well. I wasn’t expecting much from this episode, but Mark Gatiss delivered, and like The Unquiet Dead, Victory of the Daleks, Night Terrors, and Cold War before it, Robots of Sherwood is a very enjoyable episode to me. 9/10.

  • Jason

    September 8th, 2014 - 12:42pm

    I know the title ‘Robot of Sherwood’ gave away the fact it wasn’t likely to be a very dark episode but as Mark Gatiss was the writer, had high hopes it would be decent enough.(Eg.The unquiet dead/Cold war)

    Good points: For me Peter Capaldi is really coming into his own as the Doctor, enjoyed his portrayal of the timelord, especially the opening scene with the Doctor and Clara in the Tardis.

    Period setting in the story was nice, great scenery and Ben Miller was quite good as the sheriff.

    Bad points: Poor plotting, the resolution of this story with the golden arrow fired at the ship was awful. Laughably bad.
    So many modern Dr Who stories seem to gloss over sense and logic just to reach the writer’s desired ending.

    For me this story as a whole was fairly dire.
    I’ve watched Dr who since Tom Baker arrived on our screens and while I’m not going away anytime soon, if all the stories were of this calibre I would probably give up watching pretty quick.

  • rassilonrocks

    September 8th, 2014 - 10:02am

    I think what everyone is forgetting is that doctor who still needs to appeal to kids as it is them who are going to keep it going into the future and sell the toys. A lighter ep like that one is something that could easily be role played on playgrounds i mean swordfighting with a spoon two heroes etc meaning although us older fans may call it a light ep kids will finally start to warm too the old scary man who has taken over from their doctor.

  • Radburn

    September 8th, 2014 - 2:09am

    I’m more annoyed by them cutting a scene which was a pivotal plot point ~ It wasn’t until I actually found out later what had been cut, that the episode then made sense. I sincerely hope that it is re-instated for the box set or at least a deleted scene? I’m just wondering what a child of 5 might make of this childhood memory when 15 years later at college they find out the ACTUAL resolution of the episode?

    • Jammy2305

      September 9th, 2014 - 12:02pm

      What exactly was cut? Everyone keeps talking about it without actually saying what happens and where…

    • booboo

      September 9th, 2014 - 12:08pm

      a big scene was cut robin chops the sheriffs head of during the sword fight and it rolls on the floor and speaks revealing him to be part human part robot – he then puts his head back on and the fight continues

    • Jammy2305

      September 10th, 2014 - 4:04pm

      Thank you for the reply booboo! Certainly changes the perspective on the episode!

  • Mick Clews

    September 7th, 2014 - 11:55pm

    It was a light, fun episode and very reminiscent of The Time Warrior. I like the new dynamic between The Doctor & Clara. Peter Capaldi has taken The Doctor in a whole new direction and you get the sense that his Doctor is destined for some very dark times on his journey. The nod to Patrick was wonderful!

  • Michael

    September 7th, 2014 - 9:23pm

    I thought is was brilliant and it’s nice to have a lighter episode.


    September 7th, 2014 - 8:29pm

    The picture of Robin Hood in the memory bank…is that Patrick Troughton??

    • booboo

      September 7th, 2014 - 9:15pm

      yes it is

    • Dalek The Supreme

      September 8th, 2014 - 3:28pm

      Fun fact my Dad told me while we were watching the episode: Patrick Troughton was the first actor to play Robin Hood onscreen.


    September 7th, 2014 - 7:28pm

    i re watched the ep, and there was actually no threat to nottingham. london would’ve been destroyed when the ship exploded. definitely a weaker episode


    September 7th, 2014 - 3:39pm

    everything keeps saying its becoming the clara show, and i have to agree in some respects
    in the name of the doctor, she saved the doctor, picked his tardis, and is now the reason he is alive
    in the day of the doctor, she persuaded them to save gallifrey (as it says on her page on the bbc dr who site)
    and in the time of the doctor, it is her who persuades the time lords to give the dr new lives.

    so in that respect it is the clara show, but now i think that is changing. she was great in deep breath, and proved she can fend for herself

    • The Oncoming Storm 2

      September 7th, 2014 - 5:06pm

      You have made my point.
      She is fending for herself.
      She is a companion to a
      weak and vascillating Doctor.

      It is the Clara show!!

    • Doyouhearthem?

      September 7th, 2014 - 5:12pm

      Oh, that’s odd; my family were complaining that she doesn’t really do anything, despite having seen all the episodes you just mentioned.

      No matter how blinding the evidence is, there will always be people who doubt, eh…


      September 7th, 2014 - 5:16pm

      I agree she didn’t do much in series 7, apart from the time stream thing ‘which she had to do,’ but i do disagree with the fact that she is the reason the doctor is alive, past present and future. it’s way too much for a companion.
      i don’t think capaldi is weak, but i think he will make her grow up as she has realised he isn’t always going to go and rescue her, so i hope she becomes less of a damsel

  • Mrewanwatson

    September 7th, 2014 - 3:35pm

    I thought that the episode was rushed, but there were so many scenes that went on for too long, which they could have developed the plot with.

    If that makes sense.

  • The Moffat Paradox

    September 7th, 2014 - 3:17pm

    Thought compared to especially last weeks episode this was no more than OK.An example of maybe playing on a lower key before starting after some middling episodes to ratch up the drama again.

    Dont agree with criticisms of Mark Gattis as though not particularlly enamoured by this episode I personally liked “Victory Of The Daleks”,thought alongside “The Nightmare In Silver”his”Cold War”was the best episode of series 7 and that this “An Adventure In Time And Space” 50th anniversary tribute about the series beginnings was a masterpeice.

    • Dalek The Supreme

      September 8th, 2014 - 3:30pm

      Yes! Finally! Someone else who likes Victory of the Daleks!!! 😀

  • Smurfe

    September 7th, 2014 - 2:57pm

    Pretty good episode. Much better than last week but so far the script strength this series has been pretty weak compared to others.

  • the astronaut of death

    September 7th, 2014 - 2:39pm

    for about a year now I have been hoping when moffat leaves it would be mark gatiss who becomes the head writer but after last nights episode I am not to sure? .

    I did enjoy last nights episode as I enjoyed other mark gatiss episodes e.g cold war
    but I feel if he does take over his stories wont relay be season premier and finale story material .

  • The ergon

    September 7th, 2014 - 2:09pm

    They should have kept the ‘Robin hood and his merry men’ mythical to the point that they existed not in truth but by another form.Did they have to tread carefully as not to upset the tourist board. Its still pseudo historical whether he existed or not. Not gatiss’ best. That to date is still ‘The unquiet dead’. Nice parting shot with the arrow at the end.

    • Matt

      September 16th, 2014 - 8:11pm

      The idea was that Robin was real and would become a myth, and that the Doctor who is also a fictions character is played as real within the series and has his own mythical qualities.
      I think!

  • Harold Saxon

    September 7th, 2014 - 1:25pm

    Ben Miller Should be the master!

    • Doyouhearthem?

      September 7th, 2014 - 5:13pm

      Agreed. Or Benedict Cumberbatch. Or Patrick Stewart.

  • DR What

    September 7th, 2014 - 11:43am

    I for one enjoyed this episode and am, so far, pleased with season 8. When capaldi made reference to not being Claras boyfriend in Deep Breath, I let out a sigh of relief. We need to move on from the young, arms waving, spinning and running doctors who’s companions swoon to there every word. Capaldi is a return to the doctors of old, and a welcome one at that.

  • The Surgeon

    September 7th, 2014 - 9:35am

    It was another Mark ‘Inconsistent’ Gatiss episode = OK.
    It was really funny in places, but I didn’t particularly like it. I thought at the end of Deep Breath ‘woah, dark Doctor’, similar to the War Doctor. Into the Dalek was just terrible, and this … was probably still my favourite episode of the series. There was waaay too much focus on Clara, and the end made me cringe and hide behind the sofa for a different reason. It was like a sitcom.
    I would have rather seen the Ice Warrior Hives!

  • The Holographic Doctor

    September 7th, 2014 - 9:03am

    Didn’t enjoy the episode really , not surprising considering who wrote it ……

  • WFK DVD Collector 14

    September 7th, 2014 - 7:57am

    I have to say, I thought that this was an ok episode. I’d put in in the catagry of ‘silly’ episodes along with “Delta and the Bannermen” etc. I think it’s just one to watch and not think too hard about, other wise the script could possibly fall apart!

    • Anonymous

      September 7th, 2014 - 8:31am

      I agree there. I thought that with a more sensible Doctor, the show might actually have a snidge more sensibility, but no. Swordfights with spoons, gold plates to destroy robots. And lastly…. the Doctor was wrong!

    • The Oncoming Storm 2

      September 7th, 2014 - 5:21pm

      I think it is too early for lightweight episodes.
      Capaldi hasn’t established his character yet.
      Light episodes merely make him look
      ridiculous. The one title that I haven’t seen anyone use to
      describe him on these boards is Time Lord.
      He asks Clara: Am I a good man? The real
      question is am I a Time Lord?

  • Marshall Massis

    September 7th, 2014 - 4:25am

    They’ve redecorated!!! Dr. Who is becoming the
    Clara Show. I don’t like it!!!
    Wait til they get the Danny Pink character
    on board. Then we can have the Ponds
    Version 2!!! Oh Boy I can hardly wait!!!

    • MrHaloWho

      September 7th, 2014 - 8:32am

      Welcome to the wonderful world of Moffat. Ponds.2 because we didn’t get enough of that stuff in two and a half series already(!)

    • Dalek The Supreme

      September 8th, 2014 - 3:35pm

      1. Clara hasn’t done much outside of the “of the Doctor” trilogy, and even that hasn’t really upstaged the Doctor.
      2. Danny Pink is clearly a very different character from Rory, and I seriously doubt that they’ll be like another Amy and Rory.
      3. What was wrong with Amy and Rory?!? They both grew, developed, and in Amy’s case, matured over the course of their adventures with the Doctor.

  • Harold Saxon

    September 7th, 2014 - 2:59am

    Good fun story,it was like ‘the king’s demons’ at times,enjoyble

  • Barnzzz

    September 7th, 2014 - 12:29am

    I’ve been watching it since the 1960’s and I’m a bit picky about my Doctors. I think Peter Capaldi will be a good Doctor and I liked this episode which made me laugh out loud in places.

  • Anonymous

    September 6th, 2014 - 11:35pm

    I liked Robots of Sherwood – it was so much fun. And really funny. I don’t care what the reviewers say, its a winner 🙂

    Plus, Capaldi looks better with bigger hair

  • Big D

    September 6th, 2014 - 11:26pm

    Well. I honestly have no idea what to think of it. If Id been watching an episode of Blackadder or Maid Marion I would have really enjoyed it. But Doctor Who?

    Very funny in places but also very bitty.

    Love Clara but too much emphasis on her for my liking. There was also never any real sense of threat. Casting Ben Miller as the Sheriff of Nottingham?

    One final thing (and I stand ready to be corrected if it was my hearing wrong) but did the Doctor actually use the term “Oh god” on two or three occassions? If so, when has the Doctor ever called upon a deity and especially when in previous episodes he virtually denied any such existance. A bit picky perhaps but still, not great script writing if I heard right.

    • MrHaloWho

      September 7th, 2014 - 8:35am

      Yes, I wish there were more near-death scenes like in End Of The World in series 1, Rose was about to get burnt alive by the sun screen thing, with the doctor saving her last-minute.

      Or in Partners in Crime where Donna was about to fall, but swung into a brick wall. THAT was humor, not stupid stuff like “here’s my spoon”.

    • Dalek The Supreme

      September 8th, 2014 - 3:41pm

      The Doctor wasn’t joking about it being a spoon, he was confident in his ability to wield the spoon. That’s not being stupid, that’s being awesome, especially considering he actually disarmed Robin Hood with it. You’re saying the Doctor’s confidence in his ability to wield a spoon is more stupid than fart-joke monsters or aliens made of fat?
      The Doctor’s exclaimed using the word “God” before, and in The Seeds of Death (a Second Doctor story), he exclaimed “Oh my heavens!”. If you live in/visit one place long enough, you tend to pick up it’s mannerisms and phrases, and the Doctor visits Earth more than any other planet in the universe. Honestly, why does something like that even matter???

  • Anonymous

    September 6th, 2014 - 11:12pm

    I think Thay made reference to 3rd doctor – who did Karate – an unarmed combat style to fight.

  • Warren Newman

    September 6th, 2014 - 10:56pm

    I liked it very brill I laughed when robin laughed my 2nd fav like it with dr and robin sword fighting on the river ya carnival of monsters story got mentioned and ice warriors next week looks very scary won’t sleep after that something under the bed

  • the astronaut of dearh

    September 6th, 2014 - 9:58pm

    when the sheriff fell into that fire pit

    I was expecting us to see heaven again

    • Anonymous

      September 7th, 2014 - 8:06am

      He probably went Heaven Off-Screen

    • The Dark Doctor (Formally Eternal Dalek)

      September 7th, 2014 - 9:11am

      It seems to be only the people Doctor knows for a period of time in an epsiode that go to Heaven.

  • the astronaut of dearh

    September 6th, 2014 - 9:50pm

    “What’s that in the mirror or the corner of your eye?

    What’s that footstep following, never passing by?

    Perhaps they’re all just waiting, perhaps when we’re all dead

    Out they’ll come a-slithering, from underneath the bed.”


  • the astronaut of death

    September 6th, 2014 - 9:37pm

    Clara’s hair grew fast!


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