Tonight's episode saw The Doctor and Clara travel back to 1190-ish Nottingham in an effort to meet Robin Hood, Clara's childhood hero, someone whom the Time Lord claims is 'made up'.
in a leafy forest, they indeed meet the legendary Outlaw of Sherwood
Forest (Tom Riley) and his, ah, 'Merry Men', much to Clara's delight.
if there is a Robin Hood, there must also be an evil Sheriff of
Nottingham, in this instance played by a suitably-bearded Ben Miller
(Death in Paradise), there to subdue the peasants in the name of Prince
John (not appearing in this picture). With an army of robot knights.
episode covers many of the elements of the legend, with Riley's Robin
played very much in the Errol Flynn mode, and Miller's Sheriff
reminiscent of Alan Rickman in Prince of Thieves. There's an archery
tournament, a castle rescue, a duel or two, and a lot of laughter and
thigh-slapping. To say any more would be to spoil it for those who have
yet to see it, so I'll simply share this image:
Plenty of laughs, a lot of running around, and Clara as a Saxon Princess - what more could anyone want?
Next week: Something under the bed is...?