Doctor Who (1963)

Season 14 Episode 17

The Robots of Death, Part One

Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 29, 1977 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: When the Doctor and Leela are taken to the crew quarters after being rescued from the scoop, he doesn't have his scarf. Shorty afterwards, in the hallway, he has it back.

    • Bad CSO moment: When the Doctor peers into the ore hopper and see the ore piling up, the image of the ore moves around.

  • Quotes

    • Usanov: We are not out in the middle of this desert for pleasure. We're here to make money. So get on your feet and get back to work. That is an order!
      Poul: Give it to a robot!

    • The Doctor: Wonder where we are?
      Leela: You don't mean you know
      The Doctor: Well not precisely, no.
      Leela: You mean you can't control this machine?
      The Doctor: Well of course I can control it. [pause] Nine times out of ten. Well. seven times out of ten. Five times… never mind. Let's see where we are.

    • Leela: Sometimes you talk like a Tesh.
      The Doctor: Thank you.
      Leela: It was not well meant.

    • The Doctor: I never carry weapons. If people see you mean them no harm, they never hurt you... [thoughtfully] Nine times out of ten...

  • Notes

    • DVD: Doctor Who: The Robots of Death (BBCDVD 1012) released in October 2000. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1120) in August 2002.

      Video: Doctor Who: The Robots of Death (BBCV 2030) released in omnibus format in April 1986. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1120) in July 1987. Re-released in episodic format (BBCV 5521) in February 1995.

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who and the Robots of Death by Terrance Dicks (ISBN 0 426 20061 6) first published by W H Allen in 1979.

    • This episode includes the closest we are ever likely to get to an explanation of how the TARDIS can be bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

    • This episode features the last appearance of the wood-panelled secondary control room. It was not used in the subsequent The Talons of Weng-Chiang and between seasons the panelling warped in storage due to moisture, rendering it unusable. When a control room scene was next required (in The Invisible Enemy), the original was rebuilt.

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