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Next Time: Robot of Sherwood

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Next time on Doctor Who it’s Robot of Sherwood, the third episode of Series 8, written by Mark Gatiss.

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?

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It premieres Saturday 6 September at 7.30pm on BBC One.

Step back in time...

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bl0ndie98
bl0ndie98

I'm really looking forward to this episode, I love Robin Hood

JLS1138
JLS1138

I'm just glad his hair is getting a bit longer....makes it just that much easier to cosplay when I get a haircut. (Damn you Brits and your straight/wavy haired Tenth and Eleventh Doctors! Capaldi's got the Italian fro!) 

MrRazza, Investigating Missy and Mr Pink
MrRazza, Investigating Missy and Mr Pink

I'm not fanatical in my anticipation for this episode, less because it is written by Mr Gatiss (his stories are hit and miss in DW, but I'm a great admirer of his work elsewhere) and more that it feels the least dark of them all. I'm really enjoying the new tone and I just feel like this might be a bit out of place. But we shall see!

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

What do people think, will Missy make an appearance?  I think she is not going to be in this episode.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

I much prefer it when the Companion dresses to fit it, it always seemed incongruous to me to see the like of Rose or Martha in their modern clothes in historical episodes. And let's face it Jenna does rock period clothing particularly well!

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Looks pretty good, but I'm still skeptical. Because Gatiss is writing it. :(

FrancescoLandi
FrancescoLandi

Well, at the beginning I did not like the idea of Robin Hood.   You know, he's not real. He's only a Legend. But now I read the synopsis and  I think it's going to be a really good episode. I hope....  I expect there will be Missy in this episode.






The Finn
The Finn

Swordfights, robots, Robin Hood, escaping a situation with a rope? ....has someone been peeking at my Christmas list?


Captain Grumpy
Captain Grumpy

I hope this turns out to be a great episode. I really like the concept of it: The Doctor meets Robin Hood. The trailers make the episode look explosive (can't have enough explosions!) I just really hope this episode isn't a filler because if it is it would be a real shame because of the concept of it alone. 

Alpha centurai
Alpha centurai

this is a much better next time trailer than into the daleks. Cant wait!

brewbrew42
brewbrew42

Right. Don't expect this to be cohesive or well structured because I am writing on my Kindle and touch screens hate me.....I love Mark Gatiss.... here is why: The Unquiet Dead is really bloody good, an amazing half way house between classic Doctor Who and what The 2005 reboot was aiming for, it's also (much as I love Rose and The End of the World,) the first moment I was convinced the show was a continuation of the classics I had fallen in love with. The Idiots Lantern was... ok. It fell apart because of the shoehorned Rose and Doctor 'subtle love story' and a lot of the acting- but the Writing of concepts was fun and the family dynamics explored in the overbearing father (etc) were only ruined by scenery chewing. Then we get into trouble: Victory of the Daleks is too short. It's fun, and again the characters work, but it's ruined because of the brief Mark had: Introduce new Daleks and reboot their timeline and set it in ww2 with Churchill in 45mins...... well just you try and do that better! Night terrors is awful. It's recycled and messy and incohesive.... So what? Who knows how much it was messed around with? Every writer can have one mistake. Oh but Cold War was no better than average doctor who. But here is why I love Mark Gatiss: he had a comeback! He wrote The Crimson Horror! Which is mental and a perfect vehicle for every single actor in it. He wrote An adventure in space and time! He is so so good when direction, actors,fun and passion are on his side. I really really hope he loved writing this script: that it was a pitch he was able to run with and that he wasn't hindered by time constraints or an ulterior plot arc to shoehorn. I want fun, and madness, and off kilter history.... To me that's one of the best things about Doctor who! Yes my ramble is very poorly written. Yes Mark Gatiss has had his name attached to dire stuff... but he suits who down to the ground. Even if he lets us down this time, he needs to go away and have fun shaping a story he really has passion for. Because my gut tells me he's not quite done yet. There's still some fantastic fantastical funrides to come.

The12thDoctorRaps
The12thDoctorRaps

"There's no such thing as Robin Hood!" The Doctor has met lots of people that seem impossible so no surprise to me that Robin is real!

shots1
shots1

well I am looking forward to a romp some fun and plenty of wit : ) And I love the old theme. Yowzah !

BLPs
BLPs

Huh. Another costume variation with a magenta shirt. Cool

Master Michael Moon
Master Michael Moon

I've noticed the BBC aren't letting go of the old theme tune towards the end of some Series 8 trailers- even after the new official one is very much ringing in our ears now...


Antee991166
Antee991166

Well, so far everything about this episode seems to be good. I'm not expecting the quality of the previous two stories, but hopefully something at least in the 6-7 out of 10 range. While Gatiss clearly loves the show, his episodes range from poor to meh to amazing for me. Hopefully I'll enjoy this one though.

DrZalgo
DrZalgo

Just seeing Ben Miller as the Sheriff makes me think he'd make a gloriously hammy Master.

NicholasHunter
NicholasHunter

This'll be the first episode in a while that doesn't have Moffat's name on it. He wrote Into the Dalek with Phil Ford.

Ninjauthor
Ninjauthor

@Rani Nose I think she'll be in either this one and not listen, or in listen but not this (more likely the 2nd) either way her next appearance will probably reveal more/flesh otu her character a little, cos its getting dull seeing her doing the same each week without any explanation

Favonian Squall
Favonian Squall

@Rani Nose  I'm going by the theory that Missy will crop up in episodes that Moffat has written or co-written, personally. It may well explain why Moffat suddenly has loads of co-writer credits this series.

supermoff is alone. Listen...
supermoff is alone. Listen...

@Rani Nose I think she'll make an appearance :) Of course, it may end up getting repetitive, so I'm sure they'll make the circumstances of the death and her appearance different each time. 

Scootersfood
Scootersfood

@Rani Nose I don't. I think she was in the first two so that we know that she's involved with the main arc of the season. I suspect she'll only be making a few more appearances.

Ivegotkidneys is listening
Ivegotkidneys is listening

@Planet of the Deaf The only time Rose wore modern clothing was in Tooth and claw and the empty child I think Amy was worse with that stuff because of Victory of the Daleks, Vampires of venice, vincent and the Doctor 

Calebxy
Calebxy

It's worth noting that 'Robin Hood' was simply the nickname for outlaws in general. There were, therefore, many 'Robin Hoods'. There's no reason to believe that someone didn't write a few ballads about one in particular.

Liana21
Liana21

As an amateur historian I've always thougt that the most of the legends have a reality origin, just exaggerated for story tellers, probably there was a Robin Hood but his real story is just a portion of the legend we know today.

Julian_Prime73
Julian_Prime73

Odd becos I feel Cold War was his saving grace and Crimson Horror his all time low!

awkward912
awkward912

@Master Michael Moon  They did exactly the same in series 5. I imagine it's because trailers are finalised earlier, but it is rather annoying.

supermoff is alone. Listen...
supermoff is alone. Listen...

@Master Michael Moon The marketing department probably don't have a broadcast-ready version of the theme tune available to them, though I'm just glad that barely used theme is being put to some extended use :P

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@Ivegotkidneys is in Sherwood forest @Planet of the Deaf Probably being harsh on Rose there! Tooth and Claw was one that really stuck in my mind, but of course that was an accident... Martha's Shakespeare Code did jar though, I know 10 was being a bit of a miserable 'one trip only' git, but surely he would have shown Martha the TARDIS wardrobe first! 

Yes, Amy was probably worse, though she did have the cool pirate's hat in Curse of the Black Spot! 

By contrast, when the Doctor took Clara back to Victorian London, sorry Yorkshire, he made sure she was dressed properly!

brewbrew42
brewbrew42

Just frustrates me all the people being dubious about this because he wrote it! He hasn't been consistent, and isn't everyone's cup of tea, but he has it in him to write an absolute classic (plus I love cold war, but the common consensus seems to be its average at best. Thing is, 'average' doctor who is still better than most other telly) . I'm trying not to judge each episode by the writer... and I have got a soft spot for silliness so this seems right up my street!

Rani Nose
Rani Nose

Into the Dalek was the first episode in five years that did not have Matt Smith in it.

Mary Sue's Vertue
Mary Sue's Vertue

@supermoff of Sherwood @Master Michael Moon @NicholasHunter I personally couldn't agree with you more, because i can't see who is going to take over when Moffat does eventually decide to step down. During the RTD era, Moffat was the only script-writer that Davies never hesitated in inviting back each year because his scripts stood out from the rest and became all-time ''classics'' amongst the fandom, he was the natural and the obvious choice to succeed the big Welshman, but at this moment in time, with no disrespect to any of the wonderful writers that have written for the show, there is no one writer, that has stood out during the Moffat era, like Moffat himself, stood out during the Davies tenure. So while i'm personally looking at a Phil Ford / Toby Whithouse partnership, i will also be looking carefully at Jamie Mathieson's two scripts towards the end of the series. I really do hope that Steven Moffat does stay for another few series, but i feel the call from Hollywood is inevitable 

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