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Robot of Sherwood

“I HAVE NO SWORD. I DON’T NEED A SWORD. BECAUSE I AM THE DOCTOR AND THIS IS MY SPOON. EN GARDE!”

Above: The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) survey Sherwood Forest, circa 1190 AD, in Robot of Sherwood (2014).

The Doctor

Story synopsis

The Doctor o_ ers to take Clara anywhere she likes in time and space, so she asks to meet folk hero Robin Hood. The TARDIS lands in Sherwood Forest in the year 1190. After the Doctor emerges, a man dressed head to toe in Lincoln green introduces himself as Robin Hood. He challenges the Doctor to a duel and the Time Lord accepts, parrying Robin’s sword with a spoon – and then bum-bumps him into the river.

Meanwhile, in a nearby village a man, Master Quayle, protests as his young ward is dragged away.

The Sheri_ of Nottingham tells him that she is needed as slave labour, along with his gold. Quayle spits in the Sheri_ ’s face – so the Sheri_ stabs him.

Robin takes the Doctor and Clara to a glen and introduces them to his Merry Men. The Doctor . nds their high spirits very annoying. Robin explains that he is really Robert, Earl of Loxley, and he has lost his love, Marian.

The next day, Robin, posing as “Tom the Tinker”, is a . nalist in a contest to . nd the best archer in the land. The Sheri_ shoots an arrow into a target, then Robin . res an arrow, splitting the Sheri_ ’s arrow. Then the Doctor splits Robin’s arrow with his arrow; then Robin splits the Doctor’s; then the Doctor blows up the target.

The Sheri_ orders his knights to seize the Doctor, Robin and Clara. Robin severs one of the knight’s arms, revealing it to be a laser-. ring robot! The Doctor forces Robin to surrender while the Merry Men escape with the prize, a golden arrow.

The Doctor, Clara and Robin are taken to a dungeon where the two men squabble childishly. Clara tells them to shut up and then the guard enters, having decided that Clara must be their leader. She is taken to the Sheri_ .

The Doctor convinces the guard that Robin carries a vital message from Prince John and when the guard leans in to hear it, Robin headbutts him unconscious.

Clara tricks the Sheri_ into revealing that his “mechanical men” are from a crashed skyship and have promised to make him the most powerful man in the world.

The Doctor and Robin discover a control room; the castle is really a spaceship.

The Sheri_ enters with Clara and some knights and orders them to kill Robin. Robin grabs Clara and they fall out of the window.

The Doctor tells the Sheri_ he knows that he is plundering gold to repair the spaceship’s circuitry. But it is far too damaged to . y, so he is stoking up a gigantic bomb!

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Doctor Who Magazine continues its in-depth chronicle of the show’s production with a volume dedicated to the first four episodes of Series 8: Deep Breath, Into the Dalek, Robot of Sherwood and Listen. Andrew Pixley’s unparalleled behind-the-scenes coverage – reproduced in magazine format for the first time – examines every aspect of the stories’ development, from scripting through to transmission and beyond. Richly illustrated with rare and previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the series that took Doctor Who in a remarkable new direction…