The Robots of Death

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Story Code: 4R / Season 14 UK Airdate: 29 Jan to 19 Feb 1977 Doctor: Tom Baker
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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.)

Title caption from Japanese VHS release of the story
United Arab Emirates Dec 77? PAL
Australia Apr 78 PAL
United States* Nov 78 NTSC
Chile c May 79 NTSC
New Zealand Nov 79 PAL
Mexico Dec 79 NTSC
Gibraltar Jan 80? PAL
Costa Rica Feb 80 NTSC
Nigeria Mar 80 PAL
Puerto Rico Jun 80? NTSC
Colombia Aug 80 NTSC
Brunei Aug 80 PAL
Nicaragua Aug 80 NTSC
Ecuador Aug 80 NTSC
Canada Nov 80 NTSC
Brazil 80? PAL
Swaziland Jul 81 PAL
Venezuela 82? NTSC
Honduras ? NTSC
  • (*) 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.
  • This story was dubbed into Spanish (for Latin America).


  • The story was reissued in the mid-1980s, during the THIRD WAVE of sales.
Saudi Arabia late 85? NTSC
Armed Forces Network Jun 86 NTSC
  • The story was also released in the late 1980s on subtitled VHS in Japan, Portugal and Brazil.
  • The story was released on DVD in the Netherlands in the mid-2000s.

US TV Guide descriptions

More Information
Title: Robots of Death

  • Part 1: The Doctor and Leela are suspected in a series of murders in a robot-based society.
  • Part 2: The killer is on a rampage in the sand-miner.
  • Part 3: The sandminer is sabotaged.
  • Part 4: Doctor Who tries to stop a robot rebellion.
  • Compilation: The Doctor and Leela are suspected in a series of murders in a robot-based society.