Writer: Mark Gatiss
Director: Paul Murphy
Producer: Nikki Wilson
Companion: Clara Oswald (Jenna Louise-Coleman)
Series: 8, ep. 3
Summary: Clara wants to meet Robin Hood, but the Doctor isn’t keen on the idea. They go back in time and…wait, he’s real? The Doctor isn’t convinced at first. But is he right to be skeptical? They go to the archery contest and the Doctor discovers there’s a robot. Just what’s going on?
Review: Mark Gatiss is actually one of my favorite writers, even though I haven’t liked every story he wrote. Many people have said he should be a show-runner, but I’m not sure if I agree, even though I like his work.
Capaldi was pretty amusing in this story. I liked his scenes with Robin Hood, and there was some great humor in them. Clara was great as she was a good counterpoint to the humor.
The robot plot was kind of shoe-horned in, I thought. But I give Gatiss credit for making it work.
This was a story that knew what it was and stuck with it. It wasn’t supposed to be a scary story. It was meant to be a fun episode, and to be honest, it was. I may be in the minority, but I liked this episode.
Overall Review: 8/10
Continuity: The Fourth Doctor discovered a spaceship disguised as a castle in “State of Decay.” This is the second time the “Promised Land” is mentioned. The Doctor uses Venusian Aikido to disarm Robin Hood, a tactic used by the Third Doctor. He also apparently retained his master swordsmanship from previous incarnations. The First Doctor actually met King Richard and Prince John in “The Crusades”. The Doctor once again writes calculations on a chalkboard, as he did in the previous episode.
Trivia: On the spaceship’s console, you can see Patrick Troughton as Robin Hood.