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Zings and Arrows (Lionizing "Robot of Sherwood")

Zings and Arrows (Lionizing "Robot of Sherwood")

Hard to believe, but it took Doctor Who more than 50 years to get around to doing a TV adventure centered on Robin Hood. And like a speeding arrow splitting the shaft of another, Robot of Sherwood cracks your usual story assumptions: Instead of presenting an alien explanation for a mythical historical figure, the myth is offered up as historical fact. That raises a couple of notable eyebrows, leading the Doctor to take on a persona that's more cantankerous antihero than otherworldly savior, and his bickering with Robin creates some of the biggest laughs of the series. It's all fun and games, of course, until a robot reveals its cross-shaped eye.

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Story Essentials

  • Series 8, Episode 3

  • Story number: 247, per the The Pull To Open Codex

  • Production Code 1DW 8.03

  • Writer: Mark Gatiss

  • Showrunner: Moffat

  • Aired 6 September 2014

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  • Season 3

  • Episode 9

Hosts: Pete Pachal and Chris Taylor

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