The Robots of Death is a classic Doctor Who story and a strong contender for anyone's Top Ten. Chris Boucher successfully draws on a number of different sources and combines this with his flair for characterization and incisive dialogue. The basic situation is typical of a detective story; a group of people are locked in together, knowing that there is a murderer among them. The setting draws on classic science fiction; Boucher cites Dune as an influence, and there is also a hint of Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. We see a decadent society that is dependent on robots and yet, as the Doctor observes, wary of them. Poul's robophobia is an extreme manifestation of this fear.