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    Visit the Episode GuideDOCTOR WHO - SEASON 34
    ROBOT OF SHERWOOD
    EPISODE NUMBER - 3403 (803)
    The Doctor takes Clara to twelfth-century Sherwood Forest and is surprised to see that Robin Hood is more than a myth -- and that the Sheriff of Nottingham has struck a dark bargain with visitors from the sky.

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    Shame the Sheriff didnt get sent to Missy. But it seems the only people who get sent to her are the ones the Doctor killed.

    The Sherieff's death was strange , did he climb out?

    the robots are beginning to annoy me, the Laws anyone??
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    Where have I seen the "sword vs. spoon" thing before? It's naggingly familiar...

    And can we please move on from the whole "splitting an arrow with another arrow" cliché? It's been proved to be impossible, by the Mythbusters no less.
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    No, not Lincoln! I live near there (eight and a quarter centuries after the fact, but still...).

    Average. Some decent Gatiss wit but a weak and largely nonsensical plot. Anybody else get a bit of a Fires of Pompeii vibe (aliens crash in the past, make a pact with locals to make futuristic circuitry from primitive materials)?

    Liking Twelve a lot more now.
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    Well, that was a fun story.

    Heres details on what was cut
    http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/robot-o...-cut-66300.htm

    Looks like the Promised Land will feature like Missy...

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    Mixed feelings on this one. It was pretty fun and a little silly but I don't think the revelation that Robin was really real worked. It subverted the expectation the episode has built which is a good idea but then I felt the episode was only really getting away with the Robin Hood clichés because of the unstated excuse that it wasn't really real.

    Anyone know what I mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazedwraith View Post
    Mixed feelings on this one. It was pretty fun and a little silly but I don't think the revelation that Robin was really real worked. It subverted the expectation the episode has built which is a good idea but then I felt the episode was only really getting away with the Robin Hood clichés because of the unstated excuse that it wasn't really real.

    Anyone know what I mean?
    Entirely agree. I know this is Doctor Who and as such not to be taken too seriously, but Robin was such a collection of improbable cliches I couldn't buy him as a real person. I was half expecting the Doctor to mutter something like "Costner was more believable".

    EDIT: BruTak, I think one of the recent Zorro films did something similar.

    Also, I enjoyed Ben Miller's Sheriff but the golden arrow resolution felt forced and nonsensical.
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    Now, was it just me, or did the actor playing Friar Tuck look remarkably like his counterpart from the 1973 Disney movie?

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    To the night and its stars, to the here and now with who we are.

    Another sunrise with my sad captains, with who I choose to lose my mind,
    And if it's all we only pass this way but once, what a perfect waste of time.

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    I really enjoyed this ep. It's the first time that I actually looked at Capaldi and saw him AS the Doctor...

    I can forgive the cliche stuff as frankly the dialogue at the end made it clear that Robin was putting on a show deliberately...


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    Nice change, unexpected for some by the looks of the first few posts here.
    From the beginning I could tell that Robin Hood was real!
    Or was I just hoping that for a change it wasn't a contrived explanation?
    Maybe it helps the plot of the series too with the conversation at the end with Robin Hood.
    This Doctor may take a while to find himself.
    This series will be interesting but next will be amazing!

    I actually LOL'ed at the start after the arrow hit the TARDIS and Robin spoke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazedwraith View Post
    Mixed feelings on this one. It was pretty fun and a little silly but I don't think the revelation that Robin was really real worked. It subverted the expectation the episode has built which is a good idea but then I felt the episode was only really getting away with the Robin Hood clichés because of the unstated excuse that it wasn't really real.

    Anyone know what I mean?
    I think I do, yes. Not sure, if I agree though. But same here with the mixed feelings. I thought the plot was utter nonsense. Not in the good way - the it's Doctor-who-of-course-it's-nonsense, but poorly thought through. But Robin and the Doctor babbeling about, tring to impress Clara, etc. was just hilarious. And the costumes and actors where a feast to the eye. Lot's of cliches, but I always love it if a story playes with cliches (at least if it's done well).
    I liked the dialouge between Robin and the Doctor at the end. Bit cheasy though, but reminded my a little af 11 talking to sleeping Amy: We're all storys in the end. I like the dynamic between Clara and the Doctor (though Clara gets a little too theatcher-ish sometimes).

    To be brief: However poor the story, I had good fun.

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    Now, was it just me, or did the actor playing Friar Tuck look remarkably like his counterpart from the 1973 Disney movie?
    No, I thoght so too. Even Robin looked a little foxy. I half expected a picture from the disney movie, when the Doctor was showing Robin, he were nothing but a legend.
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    A Robin Hood story has always been rollicking fun

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    I was not a fan of this episode, and while I still enjoy the show I'm still struggling with Capaldi as the Doctor. I'm hoping this moody and seemingly unhappy Doctor is leading up to something...
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    I literally laughed out loud at the arrow splitting scene - yes, it was getting silly.

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    I did enjoy this episode. It was so much fun. Admittedly the plot was very thin and the ending contrived, but there were many other things to enjoy.

    The whole episode was a homage to The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn, a film I loved to watch with my late Father. I loved seeing the brief pic of Patrick Troughton and references to the whole thing being in a miniscope. Also didn't we briefly get a third Doctor "Hai" at one point? I loved the banter between the Doctor and Robin and the interaction between Clara and Robin.

    I think this is the sort of episode I will watch again and again, particularly if I want cheering up. Oh, and my daughter wants Robin to be a permanent companion instead of Clara.

    8/10 (and my favourite episode of series 8 so far)
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    I will definitely watch it again, if only because irksome heckling aircrew prevented me from hearing all of the more subtle dialogue... -_-


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    Actually found myself enjoying the episode a whole lot. It was fun.

    Only thing was the resolution at the end with the Arrow, really 3 people to shoot an arrow, and that was it to get the ship in orbit..... Then what it just blows up?

    The ending kind of spoilt the fun of the episode for me but overall better then the prrevious one...

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    An arrow made of gold that would be sodding heavy...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyboy View Post
    An arrow made of gold that would be sodding heavy...
    From the size of it, it would weigh at least half a kilo - can you imagine trying to fire such a thing??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolamom View Post
    From the size of it, it would weigh at least half a kilo - can you imagine trying to fire such a thing??
    Indeed - I imagine it would take at least two people to stabilise the bow and another to actually generate enough tension energy to achieve sufficient kinetic energy to generate the required effect... on wait....


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