I was hoping that Saturday's episode would be better than the last - and it definitely was! While it wasn't as good as some of my favourites, "Robots of Sherwood" is undoubtedly the best episode in series 8 so far (can Mark Gatiss please replace Moffat now?). According to my dad, it was also the first episode in this series that the Doctor and Clara were actually in character. (I'm not good at noticing that type of thing, but I thought it was a good thought.)
What made this episode so good? For one, it was pure fun. I probably haven't laughed so hard at a Doctor Who episode since "Partners in Crime" (Series 4).
Sheriff [of Nottingham]: I’ll have you boiled in oil at the castle by sunset.
Robin: Can we make it a little earlier, because that’s a little past my bedtime.
|Robin introducing Clara to his |
I thought the tie-in with the Half-Faced Man was really genius. I suppose I should have expected it (being a part of the season arch), but when it was revealed that the space ship's destination was the Promised Land, I definitely sat up a little straighter in my seat.
Doctor: I’m still having a little trouble believing your [story], I’m afraid.
Robin: Why is it so hard to credit? That a man born into wealth and privilege should find the plight of the oppressed and weak too much to bear? .... Until one night he is moved to steal a TARDIS and fly among the stars fighting the good fight.
|The Doctor & Robin Hood|
However, what I really loved was the story arch dealing with the myth of the Doctor compared to that of Robin Hood - especially, the ending, which was quite lovely and will be dear to anyone who loves the Doctor and wonders whether he truly is a good man.
Alyianna's rating: 9 out of 10
Robin: You are her hero, I think.
Doctor: I’m not a hero.
Robin: Well neither am I, but if we both keep pretending to be … ha ha … perhaps others will be heroes in our name. Perhaps we will both be stories, and may those stories never end.