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Robot of Sherwood BBC Synopsis

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The BBC have released the official story synopsis for 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?

It airs Saturday 6 September.

UPDATE: Time slot confirmed for 7.30pm to 8.20pm on BBC One.

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DWISCOOL100
DWISCOOL100

I seem to be the only person in the world who likes all of mark gatisses stories

The Teller
The Teller

To be honest I've never been a fan of Mark's work. The only episodes I like from him are The Crimson Horror and wait for it... Night Terrors. I also think An Adventure in Time and Space is a masterpiece.

TheNightmareChild just got fitted for a loincloth
TheNightmareChild just got fitted for a loincloth

I might be one of the few people who doesn't seriously dislike Mark Gatiss' work on the show.  The only two that spring to mind immediately are 'Victory of the Daleks' and 'Night Terrors'.  I don't know that this particular episode is at the top of my list of most anticipated, but it sounds fun and I am looking forward to it nonetheless. :)

Polyphase
Polyphase

Looking forward to it, Marks scripts can either be great fun or quite dire. Also his version of history can be silly bordering on ridiculous, Victory of the Daleks for example

Ottoman14
Ottoman14

50 minutes? Excellent. Perhaps they've shortened the series to 12 episodes so that they can have more room to breathe. Excellent idea! Very pleased

Christoph1337
Christoph1337

Guess at the Gatiss-style plot twist: Robin Hood is also a robot. 

bringmeknitting
bringmeknitting

I must remember to check my attitude at the door for this one, cos this for me has all the makings of another 'Curse of the Black Spot' i.e. fun little romp but ultimately forgettable. But I love Mark Gatiss' writing in everything else, so he's bound to finally make a Doctor Who episode I like! And of course AAISAT was magic :)

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

Gatiss is always good with historicals, I'm expecting a fun romp with plenty of interesting period detail, and the odd bad taste moment :-)

TimeLord22
TimeLord22

I've always wanted a Robin Hood story, so I'm VERY excited for this.

Strontium
Strontium

Well, I'm just going to be very straight here, and say what I think. I'm not looking forward to this one. Mark Gatiss stories, in my view, just aren't very good.

Spiridon93
Spiridon93

Why I am so excited by an extra 5 minutes!

bl0ndie98
bl0ndie98

I love the Robin hood myths. I hope this is a good episode

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

Actually, given the premise, I'm going to see if I can spot any "Robin Hood Daffy" references. Or something from "Maid Marian."

DrWho879992
DrWho879992

Unquiet Dead - 6/10 (forgettable)

Idiots Lantern - 6/10 (forgettable - especially after a very very strong season start)

Victory of the Daleks - 7/10 - (different Daleks and more time needed)

Night Terrors - 7.5/10 - (very traditional all Matt smith but really liked it)

Cold War - 8/10 (great use of the ice warriors, solid story)

Crimson Horror - 8/10 (very strong story)

My opinions of Gatiss better by the episode and I hope this continues. He has written some of my favourite Sherlocks, Adventure in space of time and the recently rereleased novel Last of the Gaderene which is amazing (I hope he writes for UNIT in the future). I have faith in him to do a good job.

Greempa
Greempa

Unlike many people, I have really enjoyed all of Mark Gatiss's stories (yes, even that one). I'm looking forward to this one. It should be a fun romp. There's nothing wrong with a "throwaway" episode every now and then. It's variety like this that makes Doctor Who so different and special. 

Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things
Rorschach's_Journal_of_Impossible_Things

I literally can't wait for this episode. Will it be deep, philosophical, thought-provoking or filled with character development? Probably not. But I love the Middle Ages so this fills me with childish glee. I am excited to see where this goes.

Doctor When
Doctor When

I wouldn't be surprised if there's a few more 50 minute episodes this series to make up for there being 12 episodes although I guess deep breath has already recouped 30 minutes.

Antee991166
Antee991166

Yes! Looks like we're finally getting a set time-slot for this series, 7:30 seems about right. Gatiss has said this story will be a bit like The Androids of Tara, which is a good sign if you ask me.

LewisR_94
LewisR_94

For some reason I can't see this episode being that great, but hey I could be completely wrong!

The Finn
The Finn

7.30 to 8.20, eh. 50 minutes. Means 5 extra minutes to the standard 45 minute episode. Sounds good!

The Finn
The Finn

I hope it's as good as TCH.

Unibot
Unibot

I think the one thing people overlook with Gatiss is... he's the guy that Doctor Who's producers have turned to, time and time again, to write that throwaway, cheap script in the final few days when "so and so" backs out. It's a product of production and Gatiss does a good job with what he has... sure, they're no "Midnight", but they're ... acceptable.






The Unquiet Dead - 6/10 (Forgettable)


The Idiot's lantern - 7/10  (Guilty Pleasure)

Victory of the Daleks - 5/10 (Cheap "Power of The Daleks" knock-off)

Night Terrors - 7/10 (Good... its problem is it's "paint-by-numbers" as far as Smith's Era goes)

Cold War - 7/10 (Underdeveloped) 

The Crimson Horror - 8.5/10 (The standout script of S7.Hilariously bonkers.) 


Gatiss does best when he's not writing the "standard" Tennant/Smith or presumably Capaldi story - he needs to sit down, strip down The Doctor from its context of the day and write a piece that he enjoys with that character in the abstract. If you start writing FOR their eras, you get stuff like "Night Terrors" which isn't bad, it just isn't... good, "Night Terrors" is basically what you would write if you were asked to write the most Smith-ish episode ever... nightmares, little boy, monsters in the closet, dolls etc. I also think Gatiss is on a positive trajectory, he's getting in a better groove with DW and being used better with each episode. 










A Friend of the Ood is in your wall! :O
A Friend of the Ood is in your wall! :O

I hope the singular "Robot" in the title is a mistake. "Robots of Sherwood" sounds so much better and it wouldn't make sense to say "Robot" if there's more than one...

microbat98
microbat98

Victory of the Daleks is my favourite of his stories. Crimson Horror is the one I'd consider ridiculous or dire. One of my all time least favourite Who stories.

microbat98
microbat98

For me, Victory is the strongest and most memorable and Crimson is very memorable, but I try very hard to forget the Who disaster. The others, for me, are forgettable. But I enjoy The Unquiet Dead when I'm watching it immensely.

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

@DrWho879992 I don't agree about Unquiet Dead, Idiots Lantern and Victory of the Daleks. I'd assign 7/10 to Unquiet Dead, 5/10 to Idiots Lantern (hate the Wire) and 6/10 to Victory. For the rest, I very much agree with that!

The Moment
The Moment

I like all of Mark Gatiss's episodes aswell.

The Outer Space K9
The Outer Space K9

I like his scripts too but I feel he never really leaves his confort zone. I mean there is no doubt he's the king of historicals and he did write one episode set in the present but I think he should challenge himself more and try to write something different, more complex nit just fun romps. 

09dh01
09dh01

@Greempa I completely agree.

Also - forgive me if I'm wrong - it wouldn't have been Mark Gatiss who chose to have the multi-coloured Daleks. Moffat probably told him to write a new type of more deadly Dalek into the show, Gatiss agreed, and then some nutter in the props department had a nervous breakdown and made them rainbow pepperpots, but because his mother just died, neither Moffat or Gatiss were willing to tell him to change it.

LewisR_94
LewisR_94

Deep Breath was 80 minutes, so technically it was the length of two episodes rolled into one, minus like 5 minutes. Maybe that's why there are only 12 because Deep Breath was that long.

Planet of the Deaf
Planet of the Deaf

@The Finn I like it when they vary episode length a bit to suit the story, rather than squeezing it all into 45 minutes to suit BBC Worldwide exports. Wasn't Asylum of the Daleks 50 minutes?

Strontium
Strontium

@Unibot Night Terrors for me is a 1/10. Sorry, but I believe I myself could have done a better job with no budget and two actors. Just my honest opinion though, I don't mean badly.

LewisR_94
LewisR_94

I agree, his episodes arnt bad but they arnt great, they are just kind of ' there '

DWTV
DWTV moderator

It's been in every official piece of media now: the BBC press releases, the official Doctor Who sites and printed in the new DWM. If it's a mistake that's a lot of people who got it wrong.

Greempa
Greempa

@bl0ndie98 @Greempa I purposely left that vague, because most everyone seems to have a Mark Gatiss episode that they don't like.