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Can Clara (Jenna Coleman) keep Robin Hood (Tom Riley) and the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in line?

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DRAMA OF THE WEEK When legends collide... Doctor Who meets In Robin Hood! The Time Lord offers to take Clara "wherever, whenever, anywhere in space and time" she fancies, and she plumps for Sherwood Forest to check out her childhood hero. "Old-fashioned heroes only exist in old-fashioned story books," the Doctor insists. "What about you?" she replies.

Mark Gatiss's Robot of Sherwood is a wonderfully breezy escapade with a witty script, a lot of heart and something really rather touching to say about the value of folk heroes. Tom Riley's Robin is very much in the Errol Flynn vein: handsome, jolly, with none of the angst of modern versions — much to the annoyance of the resolutely dour (and very funny) Doctor, who goes to great lengths to try to prove Robin is a fake.

All essential boxes are ticked: Merrie Men, verdant glades, archery contest, foul dungeon, swordfights... Ben Miller is on dastardly form as the Sheriff, while Jenna Coleman makes for a gorgeous and resourceful ersatz Marian and Peter Capaldi's Time Lord steps out of the shadows in his finest episode yet.

Ben Miller's Doctor Who diary: page 28

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