Just finished watching Robots of Death for about the bazillionth time
I really like Robots of Death.
I don't know why; I just do. I remember being very impressed by it as a kid. I liked Leela, I loved Tom Baker, and of course, the Agatha Christie-like "let's stand around and see who dies next" murder mystery.
And the robots are just cool.
Yeah the robots really are great, whoever came up with the art deco design really deserves a pat on the back. It’s odd because in other hands this could have been awfully generic, but everything from the designs to the script to the casting just rise it above the norm. Far too many Who serials have 2 dimensional characters, but Boucher’s world building here is great, and the cast perform it with conviction (even whist wearing silly hats…although to be honest they don’t even seem that silly because nobody plays it for laughs). You know I usually cite Fenric as my favourite classic Who story, but I do wonder whether it isn’t actually Robots of Death.
You have to give kudos to any story that makes you care when an emotionless robot dies, poor D84
It struck me as well this time around that maybe another reason I like it is that it is quite Blakes 7, written by Boucher, it stars Travis 2, is set in the future and the crew of the sand miner do bicker like the crew of the Liberator/Scorpio