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

Tom Baker , Louise Jameson , Michael Briant  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Baker, Louise Jameson
  • Directors: Michael Briant
  • Writers: Chris Boucher
  • Producers: Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Format: 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 (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SH63H4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,475 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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17 of 20 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who: Robots of Death: Still Creepy... March 24, 2012
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The Robots of Death (Special Edition).
Notes for consideration:
1. I am a very nostalgia-driven fan of Tom Baker as Dr. Who. I am also a fan of scripts and decent dialogue. I do like the new series, but feel it is (surprisingly) hurt by the lack of serialization.
2. Many of the considerations of this story have weathered well and show more imagination than many recent science fiction puff pieces being produced with staggering budgets; however, someone unaquainted with older productions like this need to be prepared for "stagey-ness" and tiny budgets.
3. This is an excellent Dr. Who homage to Isaac Asimov's robot treatments (My words, not theirs).
4. The "robophobia" extra is very cute, but the production interviews are awesome.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Well here's another mixed bag of nuts for you to consume, and hopefully you won't have an allergic reaction from ingesting this. I'm not going to summarize these stories since any fan already knows them, and there is already enough redundant information available for those unfamiliar with this release.

I received this as a box set, Revisitation 3, and so I am posting this general review for all three singular releases since all the information is more or less the same for all three.

To be fair, when it comes to picture and sound restoration, these have been significantly improved, and for many people, this alone makes these worth the purchase. But when it comes down to the specials, I'm a tough nut to crack. While yes, there has been some new bonus features added, some of the bonus features from the previous releases were omitted. So if you're getting this new set, and want to have all the bonus material that has been released, DON'T SELL YOUR OLDER RELEASES. Many of the recent DVD releases have been far short of impressive for bonus features, so not including everything from prior releases with new material is just sad. Also, if anyone is a geek about the text commentary like I am, these are usually up-dated in the Revisitation sets, but the originals are also omitted. Personally, I want it all. Just because the information on these previously released text commentaries are old, it doesn't make them any less interesting. After all, both new and old audio commentaries are available on the new releases when applicable, so why leave out an older text commentary? Can we say "marketing ploy?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Commentary Alone is Worth It April 11, 2012
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. However, the commentary tracks alone are well worth the price. In this Special Edition there are two commentary tracks, one with producer Phillip Hinchcliffe and writer Chris Boucher, and a second track with Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Pamela Salem (she played Toos in the ep) and director Michael Briant. This second track in particular is a real treat, with Tom Baker being his usual flirty and hilarious self, and all four of them reminiscing about the BBC in the 70s and comparing and contrasting those times with the present. They also talk about the difference in the way shows are made and actors are trained between the UK and America. Tom Baker talks about how being "The Doctor" impacted his life in a really frank manner, and I found the whole discussion fascinating. I've heard his commentary on a number of Doctor Who DVDs and he never fails to disappoint, but I thought on this one he was particularly engaging.

The DVD has the usual Doctor Who extras with closed captioning and factoid description options. Feedthecat wrote about all the other nifty DVD options included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Dr Who episode....I think this one is my favorite of ALL TIME...
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! Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jerry M. Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Homerun
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.
Published 8 months ago by Jim Phillips
Another great addition to my Doctor Who collection!

A must have for any Whovian!
Published 13 months ago by hondo101
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 15 months ago by Patrick Correa
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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