A couple of days ago it was announced that Robot Wars is to be revived by the BBC after almost twelve years in the pit.
This is good news. I can’t claim to have ever been a die-hard fan of the show, but it was always enjoyable when I found it and so I’m pleased it’s going to find a new audience. Coming off the back of several successful tournaments in the US, Robot Wars began here in 1998. Kids and grown-ups alike spent months building the most impressive and fearsome beast they could muster, only to take it to the arena, slug it out against the far superior creations of others, and have your beloved bot – and dreams of glory – ruthlessly smashed to bits in seconds. Oh and Phillipa Forrester was on it, aswell. Great telly.
The most ominous presence during battle, though, was not likely to be your own adversary. One also had to steer clear of the dreaded but wonderfully unforgettable ‘house robots’, who quite obviously were far larger, stronger and more damaging than anything that was allowed of the contestants’ effort. They each spectated in a corner of the arena, and, if your robot came too close to them, it paid dearly.
Here, we have the big boss – the not overly knightly Sir Killalot, who made his debut in the second series. Packing an intense rotating drill in one hand and a ginormous cutting claw in the other, a close-up encounter was certainly not advisable. It’s not particularly advisable to draw him either – I think I could have built him in the time this took to complete!
To finish: Killalot wasn’t actually my favourite robot to ever appear on the programme. That honour goes to Wheely Big Cheese… for obvious reasons. I’ll leave you with a clip of WBC in action. Might Killalot interject?