DOCTOR WHO 8.03 (Modern Era) 34.03 (Classic Series): “Robot of Sherwood”

robot1Funny thing about myths and legends: They have a way of taking on lives of their own. Look at the Doctor. He started out as a crotchety old man on a children’s show, and now look at him: a worldwide phenomenon beloved around the globe.

And Robin didn’t start out as a hero. He was a thief who grew into a folk hero, just like the Doctor. The Doctor will be the first to admit he’s not hero – he’s just the guy willing to step forward and make decisions when no one else will (See: “Voyage of the Damned). The 12th Doctor is still unsure if he’s even a good man, let alone a hero, so he resents meeting a man Clara regards as a hero – even if he never really existed. See the problem?
Continue reading

Preview Clips for DOCTOR WHO’s ‘Robot of Sherwood’

Here are a bunch of video clips teasing the next episode of DOCTOR WHO, “Robot of Sherwood”:

BBC One trailer:

BBC One “Next Time” clip:

BBC America “Next Time” clip:

That is not Robin Hood clip:

The Sheriff and Robin’s battle:

Here is the BBC’s official synopsis for the episode:

In a sun-dappled Sherwood forest, the Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Robin Hood. With all of Nottingham at stake, the Doctor must decide who is real and who is fake. Can impossible heroes really exist?

“Robot of Sherwood” airs tomorrow at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

BBC Snips Swordfight in Tomorrow’s DOCTOR WHO

Doctor Who Series 8 (episode 3)Barbaric recent events in the Middle East have compelled the BBC to edit tomorrow night’s episode of DOCTOR WHO, “Robot of Sherwood,” to remove a beheading from the story’s climactic swordfight between Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

The powers-that-be are concerned that the fantasy sequence – which was filmed back in February, long before anyone in the West had heard of ISIS – might seem insensitive in light of the beheading of American journalists James Foley on Aug. 19 and Steven Sotloff on Sept. 2 by Islamic extremists representing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Continue reading

It’s DOCTOR WHO — er, In Tights?

The infamous “actor’s online CV” has once again provided clues to stories on DOCTOR WHO — this time thanks to a performer named Ian Hallard, whose résumé indicates he will be playing Alan-a-Dale, the minstrel in Robin Hood’s legendary band of Merry Men!

Hallard (who played Richard Martin in AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME) has been confirmed by the BBC as cast in episode three — which happens to be the very same installment for which DA VINCI’S DEMONS star Tom Riley was hired, leading to speculation that Riley will be playing Robin of Sherwood.

The script is by Mark Gatiss — he is also credited with penning another episode, one set to feature Ben Miller as a “storming villain” — and the rumored title is “Robot of Sherwood.”