Hello there! It’s time for another co-written Doctor Who series eight review. This time I’m discussing “Robot of Sherwood” with Star over at The Place The Universe Forgot. She’s pretty cool. She kind of reminds me of little!Engie.
This discussion’s format is similar to the one Miriam Joy and I used to talk about “Into the Dalek.” Actually, it’s the same exact format. Because… I don’t know. Because why not? There’ll be different styles of review later on, don’t worry.
Now it’s time for a quick bio-thingy provided by Star, and then the review itself!
P.S. You can find previous collaborative reviews here.
Star is a multi-fandom little weirdo who spends most of the her free, non-Internet time either writing stories about witches and destruction, or rereading Harry Potter for the seventy-third time. She still hopes that Jack Harkness will return to Doctor Who, for however short a time. You can find her irregularly updated blog at The Place The Universe Forgot.
Warning: Spoilers ahead, sweetie!
“What did you think about Twelve in this episode?”
Star: Well, personally, I like him. I didn’t really think I would like him all that much originally, and, although I started out disliking him in his first episode, I’ve grown to enjoy him. No one will ever replace Nine, of course, but still… he’s very… eccentric, I guess.
Engie: [Makes happy noises because NINE]
Star: I especially loved his obsession with how Robin Hood absolutely, definitely, probably couldn’t be real, and the part where he was taking bits of the Merry Men and examining them. (When he told that poor fellow that he only had six months to live, I laughed. Cruel, but still hilarious.) So, all in all, I liked him in this episode, and I probably will for the rest of his career. He’s interesting, kind of bratty, an awful person, yet endearing.
Engie: Oh, I totally agree. It was so much fun to watch Twelve – he’s hilarious, but is trying so hard to be Such A Serious Doctor. He’s not exactly like Nine, and I didn’t want him to be exactly the same anyway, but he’s just reminiscent enough to make me happy.
“And what did you think about Clara?”
Star: Ooh, you’ve really opened up the floodgates now. Right, so, my love for Clara was dwindling during the hiatus between season seven and season eight. It was dying, collapsing, rotting away. But “Deep Breath” alighted the fires once more, and although this episode didn’t exactly fuel the flames, it kept it burning.
Engie: Ha ha, my love for Clara died very quickly, just after “The Snowmen.” (Victorian!Clara is the BEST version, in my opinion.) So I spent series 7b being pretty disappointed. But I like her more now in series eight, and I liked her in this episode. And I liked her dress. She looked like a princess! An adorable princess!
Star: Is it just me, or is it really cute that her hero is Robin Hood? ‘Cause he’s not exactly stereotypical hero material, he’s a thief with a heart of gold (oh, clichés), and that’s the (apparently fictional) man she idolizes. But that’s mainly about Robin, so let’s focus on Clara.
Engie: Yes, let’s.
Star: Clara was glorious in this episode. The whole part where she kind of seduced that guy (what was his name?) was really great. I kind of wish she wouldn’t be reduced to someone that everyone flirts with every episode, but unfortunately, given that Moffat is the writer, we won’t get a good Clara for a while.
Engie: Most of Moffat’s female characters, companions and others, are like ninety percent flirtation and ten percent actual character development.
“What did you think about the interaction between Twelve and Robin Hood?”
Star: Although I didn’t focus much on their interactions, their banter – especially in the prison cell – was hilarious. I kind of wish it had turned out that Robin was a robot, though, because I feel like that would’ve made it infinitely sadder. And Twelve would’ve been a bit sad about the whole thing. I don’t know…
Engie: Oh my gosh, that banter in the cell. And their archery competition (shown in the video above) was so funny too! They tried to one-up each other throughout the whole episode… but not in an “I’m mad that you like Clara romantically” way. I hate plots that are just about guys fighting over girls. Like, get a life! Instead Twelve was just determined to prove that Robin was just a guy pretending to be the legend, and who would mess up because he wasn’t real.
“What is your favorite quote from the episode?”
Star: Personally, my favorite would have to be…
TWELVE: “I have no sword! I don’t need a sword, for I am the Doctor, and this is my spoon! En garde!”
Engie: Ha ha, nice. My favorite is…
TWELVE: “I’m not a hero.”
ROBIN HOOD: “Well, neither am I. But if we both keep pretending to be, perhaps others will be heroes in our name. Perhaps we will both be stories. And may those stories never end.”
“So overall, did you like this episode?”
Star: Oh, yes! It wasn’t the most brilliant thing I’ve ever seen, but I did enjoy it. Not as much as I may have enjoyed it if it were a bit less light-hearted, but… still. Sometimes you need that little bit of humor instead of endless torrents of sadness, although I definitely wouldn’t object to the latter.
Engie: Me, too. “Robot of Sherwood” was ridiculous, but in a good way, a funny way, not in a “why am I wasting my time watching this?” way. The episode was worth it for the TARDIS’ bookshelves alone. I WANT THEM. Anyway. It was a decent episode. Better than what I expected!
“And last but not least, who do you think Missy is?
Star: THIS IS GOING TO BUG ME UNTIL WE FIND OUT. I have no idea. Clearly, she knows the Doctor personally, maybe even romantically, and she’s more than a bit weird. But it’s only episode three, so hey, we have plenty of time until Moffat gives us the answer to this.
Engie: I’ve given up trying to figure out who Missy could be, honestly. We’ll just have to wait and see…
What is YOUR opinion on “Robot of Sherwood?” I’d love to know!