a real world point of view
|The Thief of Sherwood|
|Companion(s):||Susan, Ian, Barbara|
|Main setting:||Nottingham, 12th century|
|Key crew __NOFACTBOX__|
|Part of:||Short Trips: Past Tense|
|Short Trips short stories|
|Ante Bellum||Come Friendly Bombs...|
The Thief of Sherwood was the sixth short story in the Short Trips anthology Short Trips: Past Tense. It was written by Jonathan Morris. It featured the First Doctor, Susan, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright.
The Doctor's TARDIS materialises in a dark cell. The Doctor and his companions find themselves in the dungeon of the Sheriff of Nottingham. The Doctor and Barbara head outside to explore, and Ian and Susan explore the dungeon. They find a cell containing a young lady named Marion. When they try to rescue her, they themselves are trapped. Ian and Susan learn that Ian is the exact double of Robin Hood.
The Sheriff plans to execute Ian, thinking him to be Robin. The Doctor makes a deal with the Sheriff: Ian's safe release in exchange for the Doctor teaching the Sheriff the secrets of alchemy.
Robin and his men agree to attack Nottingham's castle to rescue Susan and Marion, but Robin is killed in the attempt.
Susan is scheduled for execution, but the Doctor has convinced Robin's men and the villagers to attack. The Sheriff flees, and Susan is rescued. Ian hands out Robin's gold to the villagers. This action, and Marion's romantic stories about Robin, are the source of the legends about Robin Hood.
- First Doctor
- Ian Chesterton
- Barbara Wright
- Robin Hood
- Little John
- Will Scarlet
- Sheriff of Nottingham
- Maid Marion
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- This story is written in the form of various summaries, reviews, and commentaries concerning a fictional six-part Doctor Who story broadcast on TV. It includes "exerpts" from Doctor Who Magazine and Radio Times.
- This story was reprinted in Short Trips: Re:Collections.