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Serial: 4R  Episode Nos. 444, 445, 446, and 447.  Title: The Robots of Death


The TARDIS lands aboard a sandminer, where he and Leela immediately come under suspicion

for the murders of several of it's human crew members.  What the crew seem too terrified to

realize is that the killings are being perpetrated by some of their vast number of robot servants. 

A traitor in their midst believes robots are a superior life form, and thus all humans are to die...


starring Tom Baker as Doctor Who and Louise Jameson as Leela. Written by Chris Boucher,

Produced by Philip Hinchcliffe, and Directed by Michael E. Briant.


Originally transmitted from 29 January 1977 to 19 February 1977 on BBC1.


DVD features:

This DVD originally came out in 2001.  This special edition contains most of the

content from the original DVD plus many new features.  The features listed in italics

below are new to the Special Edition.

- All 4 episodes of the story digitally remastered and restored.

- Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for the hearing


- 2 optional commentary tracks.  Commentary 1 is from the 2001 edition with producer

   Philip Hinchcliffe and writer Chris Boucher.  Commentary 2 is new and features

   actors Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, and Pamela Salem (Toos), and director

   Michael E. Briant.

- The Sandmine Murders.  A 32-minute making-of featurette with interviews with

   actors Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Pamela Salem, David Collings (Poul), and

   Brian Croucher (Borg), producer Philip Hinchcliffe, costume designer Elizabeth

   Waller, and director Michael E. Briant.

- Robophobia.  A 12-minute featurette about comparing the history of robots in the

    real and fictional worlds hosted by comedian Toby Hadoke.

- Studio Sound.  A 1-minute scene from the story where the natural sound on the

   take is played rather than that applied in post-production (particularly different

   is the sound of the robot's voice.) This is a shortened version of a featurette on

   the original release that included more very poor quality studio footage that has 

   been left out of this release.

- Model Shots.  An 8-minute featurette showing unused footage of the models of

  the sandminer and the landscape surrounding it.

- Studio Floor Plan.  A browseable-with-your-remote display of the original floor plans

   for the sets.

- Continuity.  A 1-minute trailer used for the original 1977 broadcast.

- Information Text subtitles option.  Displays pop-up production trivia throughout

   the story.

- Coming Soon Trailer for the DVD of The Face of Evil.

- PDF Files.  The Radio Times listings are available as a .pdf file if you put the disc

   into a computer.

- There are two features that were in the original DVD release in 2001 not present

   in this Special Edition.  One is the simple "Who's Who" text biographies of the key

   cast members.  The other was a 20-minute featurette showing all of the introductions

   and trailers narrated by Howard DaSilva used in the original Time-Life syndication

   package in the US in 1978.