I gotta say — when I first heard that “Doctor Who” was doing a Robin Hood episode, I audibly groaned. I’d been longing for the single-hour-of-great-storytelling days of the Russell T. Davies era, and as much as I loved Peter Capaldi in “Into the Dalek,” a freaking fairytale episode could not be the return to old-fashioned “Who” form I was hoping for.
I was wrong. Very wrong. “Robots of Sherwood” was one of the most fun hours of “Who” we’ve had in years, and a lot of it was due to the simple yet effective story, the powerful performances by Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and guest star Tom Riley, and — sorry, Doctor — the banter. Oh, the banter!