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Story Code: 4A / Season 12 UK Airdate: 28 Dec 1974 to 18 Jan 1975 Doctor: Tom Baker
First airings by location UK Repeats / Foreign Cable and Satellite Previous Story / Next Story

This story aired in the following known countries. They are listed in chronological order according to known airdate. If no month is noted, the actual airdate is not confirmed, and is a close approximate. (Refer also to Selling Doctor Who for expanded airdates.)

Netherlands Jul 75 PAL
Hong Kong Oct 75 PAL
Australia Apr 76 PAL
United Arab Emirates 76? PAL
New Zealand Feb 78 PAL
United States* Aug 78 NTSC
Canada Sep 78 NTSC
Gibraltar Sep 78 PAL
Maldives? 78? PAL
Brunei Nov 78 PAL
Nigeria Jan 79 PAL
Swaziland Feb 79 PAL
Mexico May 79 NTSC
Chile May 79 NTSC
Denmark Jun 79 PAL
Malta Aug 79 PAL
Puerto Rico Oct 79? NTSC
Italy Feb 80 PAL
Costa Rica Feb 80 NTSC
Ecuador Mar 80 NTSC
Nicaragua Aug 80 NTSC
Brazil 80? PAL
Jordan Apr 81 PAL
Venezuela May 81? NTSC
Honduras 81? NTSC
Bahrain 81 PAL
  • (*) The US date is based on the airdates for WTEV, which was the first US station to screen the initial package of 98 Tom Baker episodes.
  • Although Robot was the first exposure to Doctor Who for many countries, the BBC and / or its distributors elected to retain the regeneration from Jon Pertwee into Tom Baker at the start of episode one, which must have been very confusing to viewers new to the series.
  • This story was dubbed into Spanish (for Latin America); Italian; French; Catalan, Galician and Spanish (for Spain); Turkish; and Japanese, and subtitled in Dutch, Danish, Croatian, and Swedish.

Robot part 1 in French

Robot part 1 - multiple language clips with different music (Italian, Galician, French, Japanese)


  • The story was reissued in the mid-1980s, during the THIRD WAVE of sales.
Monaco Nov 83 PAL
Sri Lanka Jun 84? PAL
Saudi Arabia mid-85 NTSC
Armed Forces Network Mar 86 NTSC
Bahamas Jun 86 NTSC
Yugoslavia Oct 86 PAL
Greece Dec 86 PAL
Malaysia May 87 PAL
Spain Feb 88 PAL
Turkey Jun 88 PAL
Ghana? July 88? PAL
France May 89 SECAM
Japan Jun 89 NTSC
Philippines Aug 89? NTSC
Sweden Sep 96 PAL
Poland Apr 02 PAL

US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: Robot

  • Part 1: The Doctor investigates the theft of a secret weapon.
  • Part 2: Dr. Who fights for his life; Sarah encounters a giant robot.
  • Part 3: The Doctor tangles with unscrupulous scientists threatening to destroy the world.
  • Part 4: When the robot grows to enormous size, Dr. Who tries to find out why.
  • Compilation: The investigation of the theft of a secret weapon leads Dr. Who to a confrontation with a giant robot. Also: Debut: This British series follows the interdimensional adventures of the good Doctor and his companions as they uphold justice throughout the universe. In the opener, Dr. Who has a run-in with a giant robot while investigating the theft of a secret weapon.