A futuristic sandminder on a far-off world. Robots turning against their programming, systematically murdering the crew. And in the midst of this, the Doctor and his new companion struggle to get their footing as their travels begin....
The Robots of Death is considered one of the high points of Doctor Who, with gorgeous art-deco influenced set design, a smart Agatha Christie-influenced script by Chris Boucher, some then-cutting edge special effects (which still look impressive) and some edgy, great performances. It's an episode known for its sparkling dialogue (we'll even include "Please don't throw hands at me") as it is for its engaging, terse storytelling.
It also comes towards the end of the Hinchcliffe/Holmes era, and features Tom Baker close to peak form as the Doctor, with Louise Jameson bringing an intelligence and sparkle to the savage Leela. There's a reason why this story is considered a classic....and that's why we're seeing it.
(And yes, we will be watching the Special Edition version - no major changes except for a sparkling picture).
So please join us at Third Coast for our April screening - you'll be glad you did.