Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S8 E3 Robot of Sherwood

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S8 E3 Robot of Sherwood

The Lat­est of my reviews of the Peter Capaldi Era of Doc­tor Who (a few days late due to Comcast)

Sum­mary: Robin Hood and his men can’t be real, can he?

Plot: Clara is given the chance by the The Doc­tor to go any­where and any­when, she says she wants to meet Robin Hood. The Doc­tor insists he is not real but heads for Sher­wood circa 1190 AD any­way where he almost imme­di­ately finds Robin Hood and after the great river fight with swords & spoons vs instead of quar­ter­staffs his Merry Men. The Doc­tor is absolutely con­vinced that this is not real but will the con­test for the Golden Arrow reveal not only the great­est Archer in Eng­land but the truth of Robin Hood but the Sheriff’s evil plans?

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Writ­ing: I’m a huge fan of the old 50′ Adven­tures of Robin Hood series so I was really curi­ous as to how this episode would come off. This has to be one of the most light­hearted episodes I’ve seen in years. It’s almost a “Doc­tor lite” issue. Of course as Robin Hood is fea­tured so strongly so per­haps it’s a “Robin Lite” episode of Robin Hood with the Doc­tor as the guest. The inter­play between Robin and the Doc­tor is amus­ing with­out being ridicu­lous. It’s not often that we see the Doc­tor sim­ply blind to a pos­si­bil­ity and that is the dri­ver for this story and for the big res­o­lu­tion at the end. The tweak­ing of var­i­ous Robin­hood series and TV shows was cute. I get the real feel­ing he enjoyed writ­ing this episode more than the rest of us enjoyed watch­ing it, but that’s OK as long as we did enjoy watch­ing it and you should.

Act­ing: This is the first episode where Capaldi doesn’t drive it with his act­ing. He is good in an odd sit­u­a­tion as the obses­sively wrong and incred­i­bly annoy­ing Doc­tor. Clara dri­ves the episode more and doesn’t do a bad job as both Robin­hood fan­girl and “com­man­der” but in terms of per­for­mances the show belongs to Tom Riley’s whose per­for­mance car­ries the show and Ben Miller’s Sher­iff who does his vil­lainy well.

Mem­o­rable Moments: The Great Spoon fight, Six months, Long Haired Ninny vs Killer Robot , The true ring­leader, ner­vous breakdown.

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: The Cru­sades Doc­tor meets Richard the Lion­heart (1st Doc­tor) , Car­ni­val of Mon­sters the Minis­cope (3rd Doc­tor) The Doc­tor as a Swords­man (Too many episodes & doc­tors to count), Face of Evil (The Doc­tor as an expert archer (4th Doc­tor) The Eleventh Hour, The Doc­tor now likes apples (11th Doctor)

I really liked that… the Doc­tor said 1190 AD none of that CE BS.

Odd­i­ties: Those robots seem rather frag­ile to me and wouldn’t Then again we saw a Cyber­man brought down by a Roman sword a few sea­sons ago. They’re pretty stu­pid too. Maybe their energy weapons were not all that effec­tive vs the plates, but I’ll wager their swords damn would have been.

Pet Peeves: Robin’s dis­guise at the Archery Con­test is so bad it wouldn’t have fooled blind Blinkin from Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood Men in Tights.

I would really like to see a pure his­tor­i­cal for a change, hasn’t been one since Black Orchid (5th Doctor)

Great Quote(s):

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Clara:How can you be so sure he’s not the real thing?

The Doc­tor:Because he can’t be.

Clara: When did you stop believ­ing in everything?

The Doc­tor: When did you start believ­ing in impos­si­ble heroes?

Clara: Don’t you know?

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Clara: It is not a com­pe­ti­tion on who can die slower.

The Doc­tor: It def­i­nitely would have been me, wouldn’t it?

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The Doc­tor: Robin’s one of yours !

Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham: What did you say?

The Doc­tor: He’s one of your tin headed pup­pets just like these brutes here.

Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham: Robin Hood is not one of mine.

The Doc­tor: Of course he is. He’s a robot cre­ated by your mechan­i­cal mates.

Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham:Why would they do that?

The Doc­tor: To pacify the locals, to give them false hope. He’s the opi­ate of your masses.

Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham: Why would we cre­ate an enemy to fight us? What sense would that make? That would be a ter­ri­ble idea.

The Doc­tor: Yes , yes it would , would it. Wait a minute that would be a rub­bish idea, why would you do that.…

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Final Ver­dict: Four stars. A fun but con­trived episode. Why do I have a feel­ing I’m watch­ing a 6th Doc­tor Episode?

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 2nd of three. Makes into the Dalek bet­ter & Deep breath worse.

1. Into the Dalek
2. Robot of Sher­wood
3. Deep Breath

The Latest of my reviews of the Peter Capaldi Era of Doctor Who (a few days late due to Comcast)

Summary:  Robin Hood and his men can’t be real, can he?

Plot:   Clara is given the chance by the The Doctor to go anywhere and anywhen, she says she wants to meet Robin Hood.  The Doctor insists he is not real but heads for Sherwood circa 1190 AD anyway where he almost immediately finds Robin Hood and after the great river fight with swords & spoons vs instead of quarterstaffs his Merry Men.  The Doctor is absolutely convinced that this is not real but will the contest for the Golden Arrow reveal not only the greatest Archer in England but the truth of Robin Hood but the Sheriff’s evil plans?

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Writing:  I’m a huge fan of the old 50′ Adventures of Robin Hood series so I was really curious as to how this episode would come off.  This has to be one of the most lighthearted episodes I’ve seen in years.  It’s  almost a “Doctor lite” issue.  Of course as Robin Hood is featured so strongly so perhaps it’s a “Robin Lite” episode of Robin Hood with the Doctor as the guest.  The interplay between Robin and the Doctor is amusing without being ridiculous.   It’s not often that we see the Doctor simply blind to a possibility and that is the driver for this story and for the big resolution at the end.  The tweaking of various Robinhood series and TV shows was cute.  I get the real feeling he enjoyed writing this episode more than the rest of us enjoyed watching it, but that’s OK as long as we did enjoy watching it and you should.

 

Acting:  This is the first episode where Capaldi doesn’t drive it with his acting.  He is good in an odd situation as the obsessively wrong and incredibly annoying Doctor.  Clara drives the episode more and doesn’t do a bad job as both Robinhood  fangirl and “commander” but in terms of performances the show belongs to Tom Riley’s whose performance carries the show and Ben Miller’s Sheriff who does his villainy well.

Memorable Moments:  The Great Spoon fight, Six months, Long Haired Ninny vs Killer Robot ,   The true ringleader,  nervous breakdown.

Doctor Who Flashbacks:  The Crusades  Doctor meets Richard the Lionheart (1st Doctor) , Carnival of Monsters the  Miniscope (3rd Doctor)  The Doctor as a Swordsman (Too many episodes & doctors to count), Face of Evil (The Doctor as an expert archer (4th Doctor) The Eleventh Hour,  The Doctor now likes apples (11th Doctor)

I really liked that… the Doctor said 1190 AD none of that CE BS.

Oddities: Those robots seem rather fragile to me and wouldn’t    Then again we saw a Cyberman brought down by a Roman sword a few seasons ago.  They’re pretty stupid too.  Maybe their energy weapons were not all that effective vs the plates, but I’ll wager their swords damn would have been.

Pet Peeves:  Robin’s disguise at the Archery Contest is so bad it wouldn’t have fooled blind Blinkin from Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood Men in Tights.

I would really like to see a pure historical for a change, hasn’t been one since Black Orchid (5th Doctor)

Great Quote(s):

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Clara:How can you be so sure he’s not the real thing? 

The Doctor:Because he can’t be. 

Clara: When did you stop believing in everything? 

The Doctor:  When did you start believing in impossible heroes? 

Clara:  Don’t you know? 

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Clara: It is not a competition on who can die slower. 

The Doctor:  It definitely would have been me, wouldn’t it? 

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The Doctor:   Robin’s one of yours !

Sheriff of Nottingham:   What did you say?

The Doctor:   He’s one of your tin headed puppets just like these brutes here. 

Sheriff of Nottingham:   Robin Hood is not one of mine.

The Doctor:  Of course he is.  He’s a robot created by your mechanical mates.

Sheriff of Nottingham:Why would they do that?

The Doctor:  To pacify the locals, to give them false hope.  He’s the opiate of your masses. 

Sheriff of Nottingham:   Why would we create an enemy to fight us?  What sense would that make?  That would be a terrible idea.

The Doctor:  Yes , yes it would ,  would it.  Wait a minute that would be a rubbish idea, why would you do that…. 

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Final Verdict: Four  stars.  A fun but contrived episode.  Why do I have a feeling I’m watching a 6th Doctor Episode?

Ranking of Season: 2nd of three.  Makes into the Dalek better & Deep breath worse.

1.  Into the Dalek
2.  Robot of Sherwood
3. Deep Breath