4A. Doctor Who - Robot

Season Twelve

Script Editor: Robert Holmes; Writer: Terrance Dicks; Produced by: Barry Letts; Director: Christopher Barry; Designer: Ian Rawnsley; Incidental Music: Dudley Simpson;

After his latest regeneration the Doctor is left to recover in the sick bay. While he is resting a huge robot enters a secret laboratory and steals the plans, and components, for a disintegrator gun.

Sarah Jane Smith finds that the robot was invented by Professor Kettlewell whilst he was working for Think Tank. On leaving the group he had ordered the robot destroyed. Sarah and the Doctor visit Think Tank, and find that the director, Miss Winters, had not destroyed the robot, and had in fact reprogrammed it.

The Think Tank group used the robot, and the disintergrator gun, to obtain nuclear missile codes from a government official. Members of the group hide away in a nuclear missile bunker, and plan to use the missile codes to start a nuclear war, destroying all life on the planet. They could then emerge as the new rulers of the world.

The Doctor manages to get into the bunker and halt the countdown, and the missiles are later disarmed. Professor Kettlewell had also developed a metal virus, and this is used by the Doctor and Harry to destroy Kettlewell's robot.

Regular cast

Sarah Jane Smith: Elisabeth Sladen; Harry Sullivan: Ian Marter; Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart: Nicholas Courtney; RSM Benton: John Levene;

Guest cast

Hilda Winters: Patricia Maynard; Arnold Jellicoe: Alec Linstead; Professor J.P. Kettlewell: Edward Burnham; K-1 Robot: Michael Kilgariff; Short: Timothy Craven (2);
Uncredited cast: Think Tank Main Gate Guard: Pat Gorman (1,3); Doctor Who: Jon Pertwee (1); Security Guard: John Scott Martin (1); Dead Guard: George Howse (1); Stretcher Bearers: Nigel Stevens (1), Leslie Weekes (1); Robot Arm Operator: John East (1); Joseph Chambers: Walter Goodman (2); SRS Guard: Terry Walsh (3); Extras: Nancy Adams, Bill Bingham, Tim Blackstone, Elizabeth Broom, Christopher Carrington, Alan Crisp, Noel Crowder, Pamela Dale, Douglas Domino, David Eynon, Geoff Farbell, Brian Fellows, Eric French, Fred Garratt, Colin Hamilton, Alan Hinton, Alex Hood, Peter Isley, Ray Knight, Penny Lambirth, Norman Littlejohns, Dennis Lycett, Richard Martin, Leon Maybank, Jay McGrath, Barry McDonald, John Milner, Brian Moorhead, Maureen Nelson, David Parker, Jack Parker, Derek Parks, David Patterson, Roy Pearce, Pat Pelton, David Playton, Douglas Read, Michael Reynel, Steve Rivers, Raymond Savage, Roger Squires, Donald Stratford, Alan Thomas, Desmond Verlini, Gordon Wall, Hugh Ward, Geoffrey Witherick, Ian Young;

First showing

Channel Episode Title Date Viewers Position
BBC 1382Part OneSat 28 December 19745:35 pm - 6:00 pm10.8M25th
BBC 1383Part TwoSat 4 January 19755:30 pm - 5:55 pm10.7M17th
BBC 1384Part ThreeSat 11 January 19755:30 pm - 5:55 pm10.1M22nd
BBC 1385Part FourSat 18 January 19755:30 pm - 5:55 pm9.0M30th

Outside filming

BBC Training Centre, Wood Norton, Hereford and Worcester;

Studio filming

Television Centre Studio 3;

Bloopers and mistakes

The Doctor hurriedly types out a letter to leave for the Brigadier and Sarah-Jane, and pins it to the TARDIS. Later when Sarah-Jane reads the note, you can clearly see it's been handwritten!

Notes and trivia

A slightly changed title sequence makes its first appearance, the fifth version, again designed by Bernard Lodge.

John Levene is credited as Sergeant Benton throughout the story, even though the character is promoted to Warrant Officer during Part Two.

Working titles

The Giant Robot;