Doctor Who: giddy with excitement for Robot of Sherwood

An article on BT Entertainment lists 5 reasons to be giddy with excitement over the new series of Doctor Who. Tom's guest episode 'Robot of Sherwood' is one of them. 

2. Robots Of Sherwood That’s the name of the special Robin Hood-themed episode as two worlds collide for, potentially, a slice of TV perfection. Tom Riley of Da Vinci’s Demons plays Robin while Ben Miller enters the fray as the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham. If those additions don’t tickle your fancy, the prospect of robot knights surely will.

Mark Gatiss, in his interview for the latest Doctor Who magazine, had some lovely things to say about Tom's performance in Robot of Sherwood.

Tom [Riley, who plays Robin] is fantastic. He's exactly what you want: incredibly funny, attractive, and thigh slapping. He is living up to what people want him to be.

Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood airs Saturday 6th September

Just as soon as I posted the earlier Doctor Who news, the BBC Media Centre confirmed the air date for Doctor Who 'Robot of Sherwood' - Saturday 6th September 2014. 

Ep 3/12
Saturday 6 September
Time to be confirmed
In a sun-dappled Sherwood forest, the Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Robin Hood. With all of Nottingham at stake, the Doctor must decide who is real and who is fake. Can impossible heroes really exist?

Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood feature and interview

The brand new 477 issue of Doctor Who Magazine has a fantastic feature on Tom's episode in the new Doctor Who series - 'Robot of Sherwood'. There are new photos of Tom as Robin Hood, and also a great interview with Tom about his role in the new series, and his boyhood love for Doctor Who. The magazine is available to buy now, though scans are in the galleries. 

There's a hint of the rock star about your Robin

I think he's more like a 1930's matinee idol. He's not quite as anarchic as a rock star. It's the Robin Hood that you see in old movies, rather than a kind of modern, updated version with Kevin Costner's accent. Manners matter to him, and honour, and all those things you ascribe to Medieval legends.

The Robot of Sherwood feature also includes an interview with Mark Gatiss, an episode guide, and quotes from the episode. 

The Doctor offers Clara a chance to go anywhere in space and time – her choice. Clara asks if she can go to Sherwood Forest in the twelfth century and meet Robin Hood… but the Doctor is dismissive of the idea. There’s no such thing as Robin Hood. He’s made up. Or is he…?

Doctor Who: Robot of Sherwood episode guide

Finally we have some official details for Tom's upcoming episode of Doctor Who 'Robot of Sherwood'. No firm broadcast date has been posted on the BBC websites, though 6th September has been confirmed in the latest TV Guide magazine in the US, along with a character guide for Robin Hood.

He's got those matinee-idol looks and Olympic-level archery skills, plus some quixotic optimism that will be on display in the September 6 episode. The Eleventh Doctor would have loved him, but Twelve...

The latest Radio Times magazine in the UK has shared episode guides from showrunner Steven Moffat.

Robot of Sherwood "There's no such thing as Robin Hood!" In a sun-dappled Sherwood Forest, The Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars. But with of Nottingham at stake (and possibly Derby), there's no time for the two adventurers to get into a fight about who is real and who isn't - which is probably why they do very little else!