Doctor Who: Robot (1974)

UK, 28 December -18 January 1975
4 episodes, average 25m
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: Planet of the Spiders (1974)
Next Serial: The Ark in Space (1975)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 12, episode 1-4

A British television science fiction serial directed by Christopher Barry from scripts by Terrance Dicks. It was the first full story to features the in the shape of Tom Baker and also marked the debut of new companion , played by Ian Marter.

Premise

The newly regenerated Doctor assists UNIT in their investigation of the theft of top-secret plans stolen from a secure facility. Sarah discovers that the thief was a robot designed and built by Professor Kettlewell but which has been reprogrammed by Miss Winters, head of the Scientific Reform Society. The SRS are trying to steal the access codes that will allow them to control the world's nuclear arsenals and are using the robot to help them. But when the robot malfunctions and the Brigadier tries to destroy it with a disintegrator gun built from the stolen plans, the robot grows to immense proportions and goes on the rampage…

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Christopher Barry [parts 1-4]
© BBC 1975 [parts 1-4]
BBC [parts 1-4]
Producer: Barry Letts [parts 1-4]
Production Unit Manager: George Gallaccio [parts 1-4]
[Written] By: Terrance Dicks [parts 1-4]
Script Editor: Robert Holmes [parts 1-4]
Lighting: Nigel Wright (II)|Nigel Wright [parts 1-4], John Mason [parts 1-4]
Title Music by: Ron Grainer & BBC Radiophonic Workshop [parts 1-4]
Title Music Arranged by: Delia Derbyshire *
Incidental Music by: Dudley Simpson [parts 1-4]
Sound: John Holmes [parts 1, 2], Vic Godrich [parts 1-4], Trevor Webster [parts 3, 4]
Special Sound: Dick Mills [parts 1-4]
Costume Designer: James Acheson [parts 1-4]
Make-up: Judy Clay [parts 1-4]
Visual Effects Designer: Clifford Culley [parts 1-4]
Robot Built by: Allister Bowtell Ltd. *
Title Sequence: Bernard Lodge [parts 1-4]
Designer: Ian Rawnsley [parts 1-4]
Production Assistant: Peter Grimwade [parts 1-4]
Assistant Floor Manager: David Tilley *

Cast
Part One
Tom Baker ()
Elisabeth Sladen ()
Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
John Levene (Sergeant Benton)
Patricia Maynard (Miss Winters)
Michael Kilgarriff (robot)
Edward Burnham (Professor Kettlewell)
Alec Linstead (Jellicoe)

Part Two
Tom Baker (Doctor Who)
Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith)
Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
John Levene (Sergeant Benton)
Patricia Maynard (Miss Winters)
Michael Kilgarriff (robot)
Edward Burnham (Professor Kettlewell)
Alec Linstead (Jellicoe)
Timothy Craven (Short)

Part Three
Tom Baker (Doctor Who)
Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith)
Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
John Levene (Sergeant Benton)
Patricia Maynard (Miss Winters)
Michael Kilgarriff (robot)
Edward Burnham (Professor Kettlewell)
Alec Linstead (Jellicoe)

Part Four
Tom Baker (Doctor Who)
Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith)
Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan)
Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier [Alistair] Lethbridge Stewart)
John Levene (Sergeant Benton)
Patricia Maynard (Miss Winters)
Michael Kilgarriff (robot)
Edward Burnham (Professor Kettlewell)
Alec Linstead (Jellicoe)

Alternative Titles

The Giant Robot – working title

Extracts included in
The Lively Arts: Whose Dr. Who (1977)
Talking about Regeneration (2009)
This Is Your Life: Tom Baker (2000)

See also
King Kong (1933)

References

Books

  • Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker pp.270-273 – credits, synopsis, review