Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood – TV Review


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Thus far series eight of Doctor Who has been defined by its dark and brooding tone as Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor raises questions about his own identity and morality while battling an array of creepy foes. Robot of Sherwood, however, sees the show taking a break from such levity by embarking on a light-hearted romp through the midlands that swaps existential pathos for swashbuckling action and plenty of laughs.

The Mark Gatiss-penned episode is geared around the Doctor’s attempts to dispel the notion that his is some sort of mythical hero as he asks Clara, “When did you start believing in impossible heroes?” To prove his point, Twelve agrees to take Clara back to Sherwood Forest to visit the fictional hero she loved as a child, convinced that Robin Hood is mere myth. Imagine his surprise, then, when their arrival is greeted by non-other than the man himself. Maybe…

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