A society where robots serve the human race (and inevitably turn on them) is a sci-fi staple that’s no stranger to Doctor Who. It was most famously the plot of fan favourite story The Robots of Death. So once you’re finished your tenth re-watch of the 1977 classic, what then?
Well there’s all the sequels to Robots of Death that exist in Doctor Who canon!
Crisis on Kaldor
Crisis on Kaldor was a back-up strip written by Steven Moore in 1989 for Issue #50 of Doctor Who Magazine. It was a black and white four page story about Sylvos Orikon, a Kaldor City Company agent sent to investigate a missing Voc Robot on board a sandminer. Disguised as a fellow Voc, Orikon discovers the missing UV-1 bot was part of a conspiracy to free his fellow people machines from ‘human tyranny’.
Orikon manages to destroy the malfunctioning future Sky-Net but, irony of ironies, the other robots believe him to be malfunctioning and well, sent him away for repairs…
1999’s Corpse Marker was a novel written by Robots author Chris Boucher about the cover up of the Sandminer massacre and the further breakdown of the Sandminer robots now loose in Kaldor City. In fact, you can read more about Corpse Maker right here.
We built this city, we built this city on, well, not rock ‘n’ roll, more the thin line between order and chaos and the nature of free will and politics in a mechanised society.
From the years 2001-2004, Kaldor City became the subject of an eponymous series of audio plays by Magic Bullet Productions. Magic Bullet was founded by Doctor Who Magazine interviewer Alan Stevens with Chris Boucher attached as creative consultant.
These stories dealt with big themes and were thus rather wonderfully described by Magic Bullet themselves as: Occam’s Razor – a dark, aggressive tale of ultraviolence and political intrigue, Death’s Head – a complex tale of sex, money and death, Hidden Persuaders – a gripping tale of corruption and media manipulation, Taren Capel – a sinister tale of awakening evil, Checkmate – an apocalyptic tale of subterfuge and revelation, and Storm Mine – a mindbending tale of discovery and transformation.
The series was predominantly written by Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore attracted writers such as Jim Smith and Daniel O’ Mahony who were frequent Bernice Summerfield writers. The second story, Death’s Head was written by Robots of Death‘s Chris Boucher.
From 2004 onwards the occasional Kaldor City story was released, first was The Prisoner, then with 2006’s short story Skulduggery, then the series went silent until 2012’s audio Metafiction, which was then followed by two stage plays, one a stage adaptation of Robots of Death, and another a stage adaptation of their audio Storm Mine.
Phew, that’s a lot of Kaldor content! So, have you seen The Robots of Death? Have you checked out any of the Kaldor City audios? Would you? Let us know!