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Doctor Who (2000s), 803 "Robot of Sherwood" - The Sheriff (Ben Miller) and a sonic screwdriver! ©2014 BBC Wordlwide, photo by Adrian Rogers

In Doctor Who 803Robot of Sherwood”, that aired on Saturday, part of the plot got lost along with the understandable concerns and editing of the beheading scene.

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Doctor Who (2000s), 803 “Robot of Sherwood” – Robot ©2014 BBC Wordlwide, photo by Adrian Rogers

After some thought the BBC had decided to remove a beheading scene as we reported on last week.

Unfortunately, as we suspected, this section also revealed the Sheriff of Nottingham to be part Robot. The idea was the Robots had repaired him.

What we saw in the final fight scene was Robin Hood (Tom Riley) and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Miller) having a sword fight.

Eventually Robin tricked the Sheriff up on to a high beam, and booted him over the edge [copying the Doctor earlier] to a hot gold death.

However in the original unedited version during the sword fight, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) threw a cloth over the Sheriff’s head. With the Sheriff unable to see, Robin was able to behead him with his sword.

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Doctor Who (2000s), 803 “Robot of Sherwood” – The Sheriff (Ben Miller) ©2014 BBC Wordlwide, photo by Adrian Rogers

The Sheriff’s head then rolled across the floor and carried on talking revealing that it was the Sheriff was partly robot. The headless robot Sheriff took Clara hostage, with the head on the floor threatening to kill her unless Robin gave in.

Robin picked up the head and threw it to the decapitated robot, which let go of Clara in order to catch it. With the Robots head back in place the sword fight continued…

The Sheriff, even in the transmitted version, says in this scene “I’m too much for you, outlaw”, and “The first of a new breed: half man, half engine”.

The title of the episode, Robot of Sherwood, also confirmed the Sheriff’s Robotic nature. It would have to have been Robots of Sherwood if it was referring to the henchmen.

With all the discussion that this has resulted in, it does put in question whether the Beeb was right to edit this section or not…


Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online