In “Robots of Sherwood,” Peter Capaldi is beginning to find his stride as the Doctor. This is hands down his best episode! Here are five things you should know about this episode!
Hello my fellow Pudding Heads:
1. UNLIKE OTHER ROBIN HOODS, HE HAS A BRITISH ACCENT.
Actor Tom Riley nailed the part! He is most famous for DA VINCI’S DEMONS. He almost reminded me of Cary Elwes from ROBIN MEN: MEN IN TIGHTS.
Which is funny, because so much of ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES reminded me of THE PRINCESS BRIDE, so connecting Riley to Elwes is fun.
He captured the Errol Flynn feel and proved what an amazing actor he is.
2. “WHY A SPOON, COUSIN?” “BECAUSE IT’S DULL AND IT’LL HURT MORE, YOU TWIT!”
Speaking of Errol Flynn…
…it was during this sword fight, the Doctor actually claims how he learned how to sword fight from Errol Flynn (along with several other famous swordsmen).
Before the fight, I was laughing at the Doctor pulling out a spoon which I thought was another reference to ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES. Check out the clip
Now he puts on a glove and I thought nothing of it, until I ha the following exchange with animator and artist Michael Grasssia:
And certainly, he was right. See?
3. “LONG HAIRED NINNY!”
I love the dungeon scene! Capaldi is finding his voice (with the help of Mark Gatiss’s writing):
Robin: Splendid. In chains.
Robin: Trussed up like oxen. Thanks to your friend.
The Doctor: Shut it, hoodie. I saved your life.
Robin: I had the situation well in hand.
The Doctor: Long-haired ninny versus robot killer knights. I know where I’d put my money.
Robin: If you had not betrayed me, I woudl have been triumphant.
The Doctor: You would have been a little puff of smoke and ashes.
(Quote source here).
This episode was the first one to give me an honest feel of the Twelfth Doctor! Capaldi is finding his voice very quickly! I am beginning to think the direction Capaldi and the like are hoping to go more the direction of “DOCTOR HOUSE.”
4. PATRICK TROUGHTON IS NOW CANON IN THE DOCTOR WHO UNIVERSE!
So the Doctor is on the robot ship with Robin Hood and demands to see his own unusual background. Robin sees the various images and reads the history of his legends when this photograph comes to light.
That is second Doctor, Patrick Troughton from the episode of ROBIN HOOD, which aired in 1953 on the BBC.
What does this mean? All me to quote British actor Gordon Ridout in an Twitter Exchange we had:
— Gordon Ridout (@GordonRidout) September 7, 2014
5. I LIVE TWEET!
I have a lot of fun tweeting about what is happening on DOCTOR WHO at the moment, so go ahead join me every Saturday at 9 PM EST on Twitter @Donsmith1974 and #DoctorWho for Season 8.
NOTE: All images are linked back to their sources where they could be found.
By- Don Smith