We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.
Robot of Sherwood
By Mark Gatiss
“Shut it, Hoody!”
Being a fan of Robin Hood I was somewhat lukewarm to the prospect of Doctor Who doing an episode centered on him and Sherwood Forest and the overall Robin Hood legend. That and the writer for this episode was Mark Gatiss who has been really hit or miss with his stories. In Series 7 he wrote the good “Cold War” and the very bad “The Crimson Horror” and of course how could we forget the very bad “Sleep No More” in Series 9 but he does have some good stories also like “Empress of Mars.” So now we look at his first 12th Doctor story “Robot of Sherwood” and from looking at the trailers, when it first aired, it looked like it could be one that could very well be uneventful and not all that good.
If you are a fan, as I am, of the Errol Flynn “The Adventures of Robin Hood” which came out in 1938 you’ll be happy to see a lot from that movie made it into this episode. Like the fight on the river and the archery contest it was all there. If you’re going to do a Robin Hood episode you do need to have some of his familiar exploits. Even the fight at the end of with the Sheriff of Nottingham was sort of in the same vein as the one from the Errol Flynn movie. I did like the sword fight at the beginning. The Doctor using the spoon and bragging on how he was trained by the best was pretty funny and you knew how it would end up. It was funny seeing The Doctor getting pushed into the water after beating Robin Hood with the spoon. What shouldn’t go unnoticed is that there is also a cameo by Patrick Troughton as Robin Hood from when he played him in the 1953 TV series which in itself was pretty cool thing to see.
Robot of Sherwood is a story that I had low expectations going into and ending up enjoying it. It was a story that did not take it self all too seriously and in the end it ended up being very entertaining and funny which comes as a nice change of pace for Doctor Who.
Grade B +