BBCDVD 1012 Doctor Who - The robots of death

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Catalogue numberBBCDVD 1012
Sleeve picturePicture of BBCDVD 1012 Doctor Who - The robots of death by artist Chris Boucher from the BBC records and Tapes library
TitleDoctor Who - The robots of death
ArtistChris Boucher
Cover conditionNear mint
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label codeA
BBC DVD label
Item deleted?Yes
BBC%20DVD label
Distributed / printed byBBC Worldwide Ltd
Media typePrimary
Media genreDramas - Sci-fi View all other tracks listed as Dramas - Sci-fi.
Run-off codes / Shop bar codesDVD-2570-1/BBC1012B DO A
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Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1Part 124.06
A2Part 224.15
A3Part 323.51
A4Part 423.42
A6Photo gallery
A7Studio plan
Total length of media 1:45:50.

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Tom Baker (Fourth Doctor)
Louise Jameson (Leela)
Russell Hunter - Uvanov
Pamela Salem - Toos
David Bailie - Dask
David Collings - Poul
Brian Croucher - Borg
Tania Rogers - Zilda
Rob Edwards - Chub
Tariq Yunus - Cass
Gregory de Polnay - D.84
Miles Fothergill - S.V.7
Mark Blackwell Baker, John Bleasdale, Mark Cooper, Peter Langtry, Jeremy Ranchev, Richard Seager Robots

Written by

Chris Boucher

Produced by

Philip Hincliffe

Directed by

Michael E Briant


On a distant, barren planet, Storm Mine 4 trawls across bleak deserts and through fierce dust storms in search of rare and valuable metals. Onboard the Sandminer is a small skeleton crew, who alternate between indulgent relaxation and skilled mining work. The mundane, day-to-day duties of the mine are attended to by a much larger complement of servile robots.

This is a society that is dependent on robots for all areas of life, the people comforted by the knowledge that the strictest safeguards are built into each and every robot's programming. So when one of the Sandminer crew is murdered, suspicion falls on two new arrivals ...

The Doctor and Leela arrive on board, and are immediately accused of being the suspects. But the Doctor deduces that the killer is possibly not human. More deaths occur - can he persuade the remaining crew members that the killer may be a robot?


'The Robots of Death' was written by Chris Boucher to follow directly on from his debut script for the show - 'The Face of Evil' - which introduced a new companion for the Doctor in the shape of Louise Jameson's Leela. Working closely with script editor Robert Holmes, Boucher came up with a classic whodunit story based loosely on Agatha Christie's 'Ten Little Indians'. with elements of 'Dune' and the works of Isaac Asimov also to the fore. Set in an isolated and claustrophobic environment, the story comes towards the end of Tom Baker's third series as the Doctor, and many regard this era in the show's history as a true pinnacle of excellence. The sumptuous set design and Art Deco look of the robots, coupled with top flight performances from the cast, all serve to make 'The Robots of Death' a classic piece of television. Saturday tea-times would never be the same again!

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