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Doctor Who, episode 75 (12.1)

Last Modified: 23 Sep 2012 04:34:55

Tom Baker   IMDB   The Doctor
Elisabeth Sladen   IMDB   Sarah Jane Smith
Ian Marter   IMDB   Harry Sullivan
Guest Cast:
Nicholas Courtney   IMDB   Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
John Levene   IMDB   Sergeant Benton
Patricia Maynard   IMDB   Miss Winters
Michael Kilgarriff   IMDB   Robot
Edward Burnham   IMDB   Professor Kettlewell
Alec Linstead   IMDB   Jellicoe
John M. East   IMDB   Robot
Pat Gorman   IMDB   Gate Guard
Penny Lambirth   IMDB   Extra
John Scott Martin   IMDB   Reading Guard
Jon Pertwee   IMDB   The Doctor
DVD   Doctor Who DVD #075: Robot

Can the gentle Kettlewell robot really be a sophisticated assassin?
A newly regenerated doctor joins UNIT in an investigation into the theft of top secret plans and equipment from supposedly secure premises. Sarah discovers that the raids have been carried out by a robot invented by scientist Professor Kettlewell while he was working for Think Tank, a body involved in developing emerging technologies.

The robot has been reprogrammed on the orders of Miss Winters, the director of Think Tank, and used to obtain the means for constructing a disintegrator gun with which the Scientific Reform Society - of which she is a leading member - can steal the computer codes controlling the nuclear weapons of the world's leading powers. In this way, the SRS hopes to hold the world to ransom unless its demands for a purer way of life are met.

Kettlewell is killed by the robot after he balks at Miss Winters' ruthlessness. The robot then suffers an electronic mental breakdown and tries to activate the nuclear weapons.

The Brigadier attempts to destroy it with the disintegrator gun, but this merely causes it to grow to gigantic proportions, following which it goes on the rampage.

The Doctor, assisted by UNIT medical officer Harry Sullivan, destroys it with a metal virus described in Kettlewell's notes.

By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:49:40
Robot was not perhaps the best choice of story to launch a new Doctor. It lacks both the popular returning monster of the second Doctor's debut adventure, The Power of the Daleks, and the freshness and originality of the third Doctor's, Spearhead from Space. Despite this, it does have some redeeming features.

First and foremost is the Doctor himself. Admittedly Tom Baker's shambling, bohemian eccentric is initially a little hard to take after Jon Pertwee's dashing and debonair...

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