Gamersledge Doctor Who Mid-Week Review: Robot of Sherwood
Welcome Doctor Who fans to Season 8 Episode 3: Robot of Sherwood! This is our look at the last week’s Doctor Who episode with our thoughts and analysis. As is tradition, the review is broken into two parts, the spoiler free description and the spoiler section where we give predictions and more in depth analysis.
This episode starts out with The Doctor and Clara already together in the TARDIS, and once again The Doctor offers up the “anywhere in space and time” that Clara wants to go. Here is where one of the things I think was done brilliantly this episode, the characterization and writing for Clara. She is obviously more comfortable with The Doctor now, and being buffered by her continued teaching experience now takes charge of the show. So where does she want to go, to see Robin Hood. Why? Well one because this is one of the goofy episodes and two because Clara is a happy dreamer. The Doctor puts up the mandatory Tom Bakeresqe resistance, but in the end does as asked/told. The TARDIS lands promptly in the “ish” timeframe given and the Doctor walks out to declare the utter lack of a Robin Hood, only to bump into none other than Sir Robert of Loxely a.k.a. Robin Hood.
Now the next scene is something that really killed the episode for me, so I won’t go in depth on it, but the level of ridiculousness and silliness wore past even my very thick buffer for Doctor Who. Fortunately this came early enough in the episode, to be recoverable, but while my kids howled in laughter I was rolling my eyes. The only rational explanation I can give is the situation was so ridiculous that the event was only mildly ridiculous in comparison. The entire time Clara, dressed in a stereotypical maiden gown, squees though the whole event.
So now we are off and running. The Doctor is determined to prove that the band of Merry Men is a trick of some kinda, Clara to live out a childhood dream and Robin to play out the generic events of almost every Robin Hood story ever. This is not a “realistic” take on the jovial band of thieves, it is nearly the Disney lineup. So of course we have the Evil Sheriff, who it turns out has been raiding the countryside, but only for gold and slaves. All other objects of value seem to be ignored. So it’s off to the archery competition where we see some of the WORST archery form ever, and find out the Evil Sherrif has….well lets just say the word Robot IS in the title. Now the game is afoot. What does the Sheriff need gold and slaves for? What are the motivations of his minion/partners? How can The Doctor prove that Robin Hood is simply a myth and that h te man beside him is an imposter? For that you will need to watch the episode!
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