Tread Perilously is a podcast in which hosts Erik Amaya and author Justin Robinson watch the “worst” episodes of popular TV shows, attempting to determine if they would continue to watch the series based on the most off-key moments.
This Week: Doctor Who’s “The Robots of Death”
Tread Perilously begins a new Doctor Who month with a return to the Tom Baker era and “The Robots of Death.”
When the TARDIS materializes on a giant, roving mineral scoop, the Doctor and Leela find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery. The suspects include an ambitious mining captain, an angry junior officer from a good family, an undercover investigator, a robotechnician, an engineer, and over 100 robots trained in the First Law of Robotics. While the title might feel like a dead giveaway, the Doctor learns the truth is far more complicated.
In a twist from format, Erik drops Justin into an episode without telling him if it is Perilous or Safe. His ultimate opinion may surprise you. But their criticism of the story’s model shots will come as no surprise. Justin decides writer Chris Boucher is a “ragin’ cajun” instead of a British man. Erik compares the titular Robots of Death to Styx’s “Mr. Roboto” and refuses to attempt an H.R. Giger impression. Justin compares the robots to Alien: Isolation‘s Working Joes. Both get lost in the weeds to discuss the real economic engine on Tatooine and questionable Weyland-Yutani business practices. They also cannot help but make fun of a meteorologist named Chub.