The Robots of Death
|The Robots of Death|
|Air date||29 January - 19 February 1977|
|Written by||Chris Boucher|
|Directed by||Michael E. Briant|
|The Face of Evil||The Talons of Weng-Chiang|
The Doctor and Leela land inside a desert planet-traveling futuristic drilling/mining machine being run by a racially-diverse yet argumentative crew and a shitload of cool-looking robots. One crew-member turns up dead so they blame the two unknown and newly arrived people - the Doctor and Leela of course. As the story unwinds, more crew-members die like something from an Agatha Christie story and things look dire when Tom Baker is buried in dog chow. I'm not gonna spoil this one for you because it's too fun to watch.
The mining machine is supposed to be like some huge metal machine the size of a cruise ship but it's obviously only about the size of a toaster being pushed around on some sand across a plaster table top model. This was the final appearance of Tom's based wooden TARDIS control room before the BBC twats let it get ruined whilst in storage. The crew all drezz for the occasion rather flamboyantly, the robots are amazingly cool art deco creations despite the usual budgetary restrictions (who needs money when you know what the the fuck you're doing?) and the script hums along with dialogue displaying both black humor and mordant wit.
Apparently Tom Baker thought this episode was shit.