Welcome friends, to the Tom Baker-era! It seems to be a bit of a drastic change between Baker the first and Pertwee the only. Baker has so much humour in nearly everything he does. He brings a lightness to the show that has been sorely missing since the days of Patrick Troughton. I miss the clown that is Troughton, but we get a lot of silliness from Baker.
In “Robot,” The Doctor is recovering from his regeneration at UNIT. A new friend, Harry, is The Doctor’s doctor and making sure he’s okay after his regeneration. Soon we discover that there’s a ridiculous robot that is developed by a company and stealing weapons, but it has a prime directive not to hurt human. Yet, it is.
Turns out the humans in control of the robot are telling it to hurt humans and are getting ready to seize control of government away from the masses and towards them. As they are scientists and scientists know better than the rest of humanity how to properly govern.
Can I interject and say that scientists are probably right? Ford, Trump, Scheer probably shouldn’t be setting policy, let’s get some climate scientists setting policy. That’s just my two cents.
Doctor Who’s writers on the other hand, don’t seem to see it my way, and think that the power should either be with the masses or a lady whose dad had supreme power before her.
There’s a big firefight between UNIT and the Robot. UNIT is outgunned and none of the model tanks that are brought in seem to do anything. Maybe the production shouldn’t have used a six inch tank, and instead used a real one.
In the end, The Doctor uses some anti-metal solution to win. The Robot goes away. Hooray! Humans are victorious over dumb computers.