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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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  • 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?

  • 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.

  • booboo

    September 7th, 2014 - 9:15pm

    yes it is


    September 7th, 2014 - 8:29pm

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


    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

  • 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?


    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

  • Doyouhearthem?

    September 7th, 2014 - 5:13pm

    Agreed. Or Benedict Cumberbatch. Or Patrick Stewart.

  • 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…

  • 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!!


    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

  • 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.

  • 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 - 2:13pm

    was that from the Richard greene series from the 1950s/1960s? Who was he playing?

  • 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.

  • Harold Saxon

    September 7th, 2014 - 1:25pm

    Ben Miller Should be the master!

  • 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 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 Holographic Doctor

    September 7th, 2014 - 9:03am

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

  • 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”.

  • 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(!)

  • 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!

  • Anonymous

    September 7th, 2014 - 8:06am

    He probably went Heaven Off-Screen

  • 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!

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