Doctor Who (1963)

Season 12 Episode 1

Robot, Part One

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Dec 28, 1974 on BBC
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Robot, Part One
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England, the near future. Something inhumanly strong and resilient is raiding scientific establishments across the country. Can the new Doctor help UNIT? And what are the staff of the secret government think tank working on in their spare time?

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Patricia Maynard

Patricia Maynard

Miss Winters

Guest Star

Michael Kilgarriff

Michael Kilgarriff

Robot

Guest Star

Edward Burnham

Edward Burnham

Professor Kettlewell

Guest Star

Ian Marter

Ian Marter

Harry Sullivan

Recurring Role

John Levene

John Levene

Sergeant Benton

Recurring Role

Nicholas Courtney

Nicholas Courtney

Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • The Doctor: Ah, Brigadier!
      The Brigadier: Ah, Doctor, we must get moving… (He turns to see the Doctor dressed as a Viking warrior.)
      The Doctor: Is something wrong?
      The Brigadier: You've changed.
      The Doctor: Oh no, not again!
      The Brigadier: No, I didn't mean your face. I meant your clothes.
      The Doctor: Don't you like them?
      The Brigadier: UNIT is supposed to be a security organisation.
      The Doctor: Do you think I might attract attention?
      The Brigadier: It's just possible.

    • The Doctor: I tell you, Brigadier, there's nothing to worry about. The brontosaurus is large and placid…
      Harry: Is this the patient, sir?
      The Doctor: …and stupid! If the square of a hypotenuse equals the sum of the square on the other two sides, why is a mouse when it spins. Never did know the answer to that one.

    • The Doctor: A new body's like a new house. As for the physiognomy… well, nothing's perfect. Have to take the rough with the smooth. Mind you, I think the nose is a definite improvement!

    • The Doctor: You don't want to stand here burbling about my ears – that's neither 'ere nor there!

    • The Doctor: Excuse me. No, don't tell me. Alexander the Great, no? Hannibal? No. Ah… Brigadier. Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart! How are you?

    • The Brigadier: You may not have noticed, but I'm a bit old-fashioned myself.
      Sarah: Oh, nonsense, Brigadier! You're a swinger!

    • The Doctor [to Harry]: You may be a doctor, but I'm the Doctor. The definite article, you might say.

    • Brigadier: Believe me, Doctor, the place is impregnable.
      The Doctor: I never cared much for the word impregnable. Sounds a bit too much like unsinkable.
      Harry: What's wrong with unsinkable?
      The Doctor: Nothing, as the iceberg said to the Titanic.
      Harry: What?
      The Doctor: Glub glub glub glub...

  • NOTES (6)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Doctor: Why is a mouse when it spins?
      The Doctor is alluding to a old Welsh riddle. The nonsensical "answer" varies but is typically "because the greater the fewer" or "the higher it flies the fewer."

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