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An Einstein impersonator invents a growing robot capable of complex emotions and some entitled scientists direct it to commit robberies in Tom Baker’s debut serial as The Fourth Doctor.

There’s a new doctor in town and his name’s Harry Sullivan. He’s a medical office with U.N.I.T. and he’s here to look after the titular Doctor, who is getting to grips with a new body after messing the last one up pretty badly.

Meanwhile, there are attacks happening all over and it looks like someone is trying to get their hands on a disintegrator gun, so the Doctor has to come to terms with his new self very quickly in order to help Sarah Jane and U.N.I.T. investigate.

A think-tank organisation seems to be at the heart of everything and Sarah Jane goes into full-on reporter mode. Something smells fishy when she comes across a supposedly abandoned research lab for a robot — but surely it isn’t connected to the aforementioned attacks and she’s reassured there most definitely isn’t a killer robot on the loose.

Would the Doctor agree? Does he even care or is he about to plop off into space-time? Or could he whip up a bucket of robot flu to save the day? Watch and/or listen to find out.

Here's what we think of C075 Robot

We rate Doctor Who stories on a scale from 0.0 to 5.0. For context, very few are excellent enough to merit a 5.0 in our minds, and we'd take a 0.0 Doctor Who story over a lot of other, non-Whovian stuff out there.

Leon | @ponken

4.2

Jim | @jimmythewho

4.3

Here's what we think of C075 Robot

We rate Doctor Who stories on a scale from 0.0 to 5.0. For context, very few are excellent enough to merit a 5.0 in our minds, and we'd take a 0.0 Doctor Who story over a lot of other, non-Whovian stuff out there.

Leon | @ponken

4.2

Jim | @jimmythewho

4.3

Here's what you think 2 Responses to “C075 Robot”
  1. Just stumbled on your podcast… Decided to start at Tom Baker as I watched them as a child, when they first aired and he is ‘my Doctor’.

    Not sure if you were aware of the Sci Fi movie ‘Saturn 3′? It starred U.S. actors, including Farrah Fawcet and Kirk Douglas, but was actually a UK production.

    This movie was based on an idea by John Barry, an academy award winning British set designer who worked on such biggies as Star Wars and Empire strikes Back.

    Anyhow, Saturn 3 shares the trope of ’emotionally clumsy rampaging robot falling in love with female lead’.

    It’s also interesting to note that writer Stephen Gallagher who has penned Dr Who serials (as John Lydecker), also wrote the novelisation of Saturn 3.

    I wonder if Dr Who Robot and Saturn 3 might have some shared DNA, either via Stephen Gallagher, or John Barry?

    The ‘Den of Geek’ blog do an entertaining/informative review of Saturn 3.

    Thanks for your podcast,
    A.

    • Hey there,

      Thanks for listening. Glad to have you aboard!

      That’s some excellent trivia and an interesting connection! I’ve just watched the trailer for Saturn 3. It looks pretty wonderful, like Alien, but with a robot stalker in place of the xenomorph. Count me in! Will try to carve out some time to watch it with about 50 bags of popcorn sometime soon.

      Have a good one!

      Leon

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