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Doctor Who: The Robots of Death (Story 90) - Special Edition (2012)

Tom Baker , Louise Jameson , Michael Briant  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Baker, Louise Jameson
  • Directors: Michael Briant
  • Writers: Chris Boucher
  • Producers: Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SH63H4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,865 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The TARDIS, carrying the Doctor and his new companion Leela, arrives aboard a huge sandminer on a deserted world. The small human crew relies almost entirely on robots to carry out their every task and whim while they mine the planet's rich minerals. Suddenly, one by one, members of the team start to disappear. The time travelers discover that someone or something is murdering the crew - but, of course, nobody believes it could be the robots.

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
When this superb four episode story from the last of the Hinchcliffe-Holmes years of Tom Baker's stint as the fourth Doctor was first released on dvd years ago (in 2000 or 2001 ~ it was one of the first on disc in any event), the extras were pretty much limited to (audio) commentary from producer Hinchcliffe and writer Chris Boucher and a photo gallery. Guess they just figured that we Who fans would be so estatic about no longer having to watch our worn VHS tapes any more that we wouldn't mind being gypped on the "special features".

After years of waiting, we're finally being given a remastered version of 1977's THE ROBOTS OF DEATH and one that comes with some of the extras that we've come to expect, such as a new commentary track - featuring Baker, Louise Jameson ("Leela"), Pamela Salem ("Toos"), and director Michael Briant - plus the one from the original dvd release, a "making of" doc entitled "The Sandmine Murders", and another doc concerning "robophobia" - that is, if this US/Canada re-release has the same extras as the Special Edition that's part of the REVISITATIONS 3 box set that will be released in the UK also next year (that set also includes new editions of THE THREE DOCTORS and THE TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN). Might also note that the price of this single disc SPECIAL EDITION of Doctor Who story #90 is comparable to some of the other dvd re-releases.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Seeking the "Best Of" Early Dr. Who June 21, 2014
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This was actually the first time I have watched this story, having missed it as a kid and only recently bought it for my collection, so I come to it with a relatively fresh perspective.

I have been watching my Tom Baker collection one by one in sequence from the beginning, ROBOT (Story 75), with an eye towards seeking out the best of early Dr. Who... and THE ROBOTS OF DEATH is definitely not one. In fact, in brutal honesty, this is the first "mediocre" adventure out of the 16 serials so far for two very particular reasons:

● Those hats! Jeeze, as much as the art deco settings are wonderful to look at, those crazy hats upstage EVERYTHING. It's like passing by a bad accident, you struggle to keep your eyes away from focusing on it. It's an actual relief towards the end when the remaining crew is running around without them on. Even the players made obliquely unhappy references to them in the documentaries and commentaries (there are two separate commentary tracks on this edition).

● The Mine Crawler captain, Russell Hunter, and the baddie, David Collings, give very creditable performances. However, the rest of the crew act in the most theatrically melodramatic way that it makes even me cringe. It -really- is over the top, and nothing in the preceding 15 serials can compare, not even the wooden performance by the Court Astrologer in THE MASQUE OF MANDRAGORA. One of the truly sparkling aspects of all the adventures, in spite of a beggarly BBC budget, is the awe inspiring, highly accomplished actors and actresses that jumped for even a small role in Dr. Who- yet in this particular case, I think Television Presence was subsumed in Stage Exaggeration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorite Fourth Doctor Stories July 4, 2014
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This Fourth Doctor and Leela adventure takes place in the future on a large sand-miner on an alien world. The small human crew is aided by a larger number of robots that are the basic labor force of their future society. Then a crewman is murdered at the same time the Doctor and Leela arrive. Who did this? It had to be a human, didn't it? Robots can't harm people of course . . .

This special edition has a number special features including a "making of" and a humorous look at the history of robots. The baroque interior sets of the future sand-miner and the excellent consumes and make-up give this a very different and attractive visual appearance. How this came to be was well explained in the making-of special.
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Awesome Dr Who episode....I think this one is my favorite of ALL TIME and Space! I love sci-fi, I love Dr who, I love Robots!
This episode hits all of my buttons! So much FUN!!! Plus Tom Baker is the BEST Doctor of all time....yeah....I grew up watching him. And I like him just as much now as I did way, way, WAY back then. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Homerun August 18, 2013
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I am really getting addicted to these special editions. The extras always make it worthwhile. Extra commentary tracks and the making of are included in this release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S THE DOCTOR! WHAT COULD BE BETTER! March 5, 2013
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Another great addition to my Doctor Who collection!

A must have for any Whovian!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robots are cool.
As a huge fan of Transformers, Isaac Asimov & just about any anime with giant mecha, I can say I've always loved stories about robots both big & small. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Patrick Correa
5.0 out of 5 stars Commentary Alone is Worth It
Robots of Death is a great episode and instantly familiar to any long-time Who fans once you see the iconic robots featured in the story. Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by L. R. Boyev
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: Robots of Death: Still Creepy...
The Robots of Death (Special Edition).
Notes for consideration:
1. I am a very nostalgia-driven fan of Tom Baker as Dr. Who. Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by K. CRAIG
4.0 out of 5 stars Revisitation 3 - 2|enteratin unsuitable for upgrade. Delete. Delete....
Well here's another mixed bag of nuts for you to consume, and hopefully you won't have an allergic reaction from ingesting this. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Phil Rosenbach
2.0 out of 5 stars Why are we re-releasing when so much not out at all
Why is the BBC spending money and resources re-releasing titles that have already been put out on DVD when great titles have yet to be released? This isn't even that great a story. Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Betaman
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
I think this story is okay except part 4
Something is killing people on an expedistion crew its up to the doctor to figure out who it is
overal 7.5/10
Published on December 5, 2011 by Nancie S. Keane
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