History Recap / DoctorWhoS14E5TheRobotsOfDeath

12th Dec '16 4:00:53 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* The Sandminer was inspired by ''Literature/{{Dune}}''.
11th Dec '16 9:49:54 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ArtDeco: The design team admitted to basing the sandminer sets on Art Deco.



* DeconstructorFleet: The story explores the real effects of living in a society with robots as a work force. Wouldn't, for example, UncannyValley rear its head?



* DoesntLikeGuns: The Doctor tells Leela,
--> "I never carry weapons. If people see you mean them no harm, they never hurt you. Nine times out of ten."



* KillerRobot: The clue's in the title.



* SpoilerTitle: The robots did it. (Although the actual mystery of the story quickly turns into which of the human characters is reprogramming the robots to kill).



* TenLittleMurderVictims

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* TenLittleMurderVictimsTenLittleMurderVictims: The twist being the killer is obvious hence the titles, likewise the mastermind behind reprograming them is revealed early on. The mystery is trying to figure out which of the crew, is them in disguise.



* UndercoverCopReveal

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* UndercoverCopRevealUndercoverCopReveal: Poul is revealed to be an undercover agent -- and [[spoiler:so is one of the robot drones, which is actually a highly advanced robot disguised as the most primitive and stupid model in use on the Sandminer]].
* WholePlotReference: The story is a mashup of Creator/IsaacAsimov's work, particularly his Baley/Olivaw books (especially in the subplot concerning the human and robot detective team). Only the plot structure itself is TenLittleMurderVictims. And certain aesthetic elements are taken from ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''.
4th Aug '16 4:28:02 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* YouLookFamiliar: David Collings and David Bailie went on to play parts in AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho.
4th Aug '16 4:18:47 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheManual: In the novelisation, Dum, Voc and Super-Voc and their function on the Sandminer is expanded upon.
** The background of the 20 Founding Families is expanded upon.
** Uvanov has feelings for Zilda, adding ‘we could be friends’ to their conversation, and stroking her hair after she is found dead.
29th Jan '16 6:38:42 AM LondonKdS
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* ShoutOut: Robophobia is officially known as "Grimwade's Syndrome", a shout out to production assistant (later in the 1980's to be a Who director and writer) Peter Grimwade, who had complained that all the stories he worked on seemed to involve evil robots... Poul's full name is stated in a [[Literature/PastDoctorAdventures novel]] by Boucher; it's [[Creator/PoulAnderson Ander Poul]]. Likewise, Taren Capel recalls [[Theatre/{{RUR}} Karel Capek]], inventor of the word "robot", and Uvanov is reminiscent of [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Asimov]].

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Robophobia is officially known as "Grimwade's Syndrome", a shout out to production assistant (later in the 1980's to be a Who director and writer) Peter Grimwade, who had complained that all the stories he worked on seemed to involve evil robots... robots.
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Poul's full name is stated in a [[Literature/PastDoctorAdventures novel]] by Boucher; it's [[Creator/PoulAnderson Ander Poul]]. Likewise, Taren Capel recalls [[Theatre/{{RUR}} Karel Capek]], inventor of the word "robot", and Uvanov is reminiscent of [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Asimov]].
4th Oct '15 1:07:22 PM Sharlee
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** Inverted in the case of the villain: Taren Capel was raised entirely by robots and so believes ''humans'' are the Uncanny ones.
28th Jul '15 7:21:35 AM moloch
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Creator/ChrisBoucher wrote a sequel novel, ''Corpse Marker'', and a radio spinoff based on this episode, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaldor_City Kaldor City]]''. It was produced by Magic Bullet Productions and stars many of the original actors. Another direct sequel, "Robophobia", was written by Creator/NicholasBriggs as a AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio play. Boucher's novel and audio works feature some characters from ''[[Series/{{Blakes7}} Blake's 7]], and he has said he considers the two series to take place [[CanonWelding roughly contemporaneously]].

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Creator/ChrisBoucher wrote a sequel novel, ''Corpse Marker'', and a radio spinoff based on this episode, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaldor_City Kaldor City]]''. It was produced by Magic Bullet Productions and stars many of the original actors. Another direct sequel, "Robophobia", was written by Creator/NicholasBriggs as a AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio play. Boucher's novel and audio works feature some characters from ''[[Series/{{Blakes7}} Blake's 7]], ''Series/BlakesSeven'', and he has said he considers the two series to take place [[CanonWelding roughly contemporaneously]].
28th Jul '15 6:55:54 AM moloch
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Creator/ChrisBoucher wrote a sequel novel, ''Corpse Marker'', and a radio spinoff based on this episode, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaldor_City Kaldor City]]''. It was produced by Magic Bullet Productions and stars many of the original actors. Another direct sequel, "Robophobia", was written by Creator/NicholasBriggs as a AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio play. Boucher's novel and audio works feature some characters from ''[[Series/Blakes7 Blake's 7]], and he has said he considers the two series to take place [[CanonWelding roughly contemporaneously]].

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Creator/ChrisBoucher wrote a sequel novel, ''Corpse Marker'', and a radio spinoff based on this episode, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaldor_City Kaldor City]]''. It was produced by Magic Bullet Productions and stars many of the original actors. Another direct sequel, "Robophobia", was written by Creator/NicholasBriggs as a AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio play. Boucher's novel and audio works feature some characters from ''[[Series/Blakes7 ''[[Series/{{Blakes7}} Blake's 7]], and he has said he considers the two series to take place [[CanonWelding roughly contemporaneously]].
28th Jul '15 6:55:33 AM moloch
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Creator/ChrisBoucher wrote a sequel novel, ''Corpse Marker'', and a radio spinoff based on this episode, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaldor_City Kaldor City]]''. It was produced by Magic Bullet Productions and stars many of the original actors. Another direct sequel, "Robophobia", was written by Creator/NicholasBriggs as a AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio play.

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Creator/ChrisBoucher wrote a sequel novel, ''Corpse Marker'', and a radio spinoff based on this episode, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaldor_City Kaldor City]]''. It was produced by Magic Bullet Productions and stars many of the original actors. Another direct sequel, "Robophobia", was written by Creator/NicholasBriggs as a AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio play. \n Boucher's novel and audio works feature some characters from ''[[Series/Blakes7 Blake's 7]], and he has said he considers the two series to take place [[CanonWelding roughly contemporaneously]].
16th Dec '14 2:54:16 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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'''Doctor:''' Exactly. But while these robots are humanoid, presumably for aesthetic reasons, they give no signals. [[UncannyValley It's rather like being surrounded by walking, talking dead men]].

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'''Doctor:''' Exactly. But while these robots are humanoid, presumably for aesthetic reasons, they give no signals. [[UncannyValley It's rather like being surrounded by walking, talking dead men]].
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