a real world point of view
|Main setting:||The Lorelei, 2944|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Release date:||July 2011|
|Format:||2 CDs, 4 parts|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|Rat Trap||Recorded Time and Other Stories|
Nothing has ever been officially confirmed, but there is a rumour that on a Sandminer bound for Kaldor City, the robots somehow turned homicidal and nearly wiped out the entire crew. Can that really be true?
The robot transport ship Lorelei has a cargo of over a hundred fifty-seven thousand robots on board, all deactivated. So even if there were any truth in the rumour of that massacre, there'd still be no danger. Surely, there wouldn't...
But then, the Doctor witnesses a murder.
- The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
- Liv Chenka/Elicien - Nicola Walker
- Farel - Toby Hadoke
- Bas Pellico - William Hazell
- Selerat - Nicholas Pegg
- Cravnet - Dan Starkey
- Tal Karus/SV10 - Matt Addis
- Leebar/Computer Voice - John Dorney
- Robots - Matt Addis, Nicholas Briggs, John Dorney, Toby Hadoke, Dan Starkey
- The Lorelei is transporting 157,000 Sandminer robots to Ventalis.
- The TARDIS is described as being black.
- This story marks the first use of the Sandminer robots in a Big Finish audio drama.
- This audio drama was recorded on 7 and 8 March 2011.
- The Kaldor City Company has covered up the recent massacre on the Storm Mine 4. (TV: The Robots of Death) It isn't explicitly stated when the events of Robophobia take place in relation to TV: The Robots of Death. However, Writer/Producer Nicholas Briggs suggests, in the CD extras accompanying this story's release, it is set a couple of months after TV: The Robots of Death. If this comment is taken into account it creates something of a continuity clash with Kaldor City set 10 years after TV: The Robots of Death:
- Placing Robophobia before the events of Kaldor City, as per Briggs suggestion, is problematic as it entails Kaldor City having a massive interstellar robot trade. AUDIO: Occam's Razor establishes Kaldor City has no contact with other worlds, its inhabitants largely unaware of life on other planets.
- Placing Robophobia after the events of Kaldor City in which Kaldor City society is active is also problematic: In AUDIO: Checkmate, the Fendahl seemingly destroyed/ingested/dominated Kaldor City.
- If this story is considered to part of the same continuity as seen in the Kaldor City audio series it possibly means the inhabitants of Kaldor City somehow manage to survive the Fendahl. The third edition of Mad Norwegian Press' reference work AHistory, which attempts to reconcile the Kaldor City series and Robophobia into one timeline, arbitrarily suggests Robophobia takes place 50 years after the conclusion of Kaldor City in order for Kaldor City society to recover from the incident and its economy to establish a massive interstellar robot trade. This in turn means Robophobia takes place around 60 years after TV: The Robots of Death.
- The Doctor uses his respiratory bypass system. (TV: Pyramids of Mars)
- The Doctor is travelling in the Black TARDIS. (AUDIO: Black and White)
- Official Robophobia page at bigfinish.com
- Detailed synopsis of Robophobia at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for Robophobia at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide