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Sheriff of Nottingham

The Sheriff of Nottingham was an English noble and enemy to the outlaw Robin Hood.

He captured Maid Marian and imprisoned her in his dungeon. In one account he thought he had captured Robin trying to rescue Marian, but it was actually Ian Chesterton, who looked just like Robin.

He arranged to have Ian executed, but the First Doctor offered to show him the secrets of alchemy in exchange for Ian's release.

Nottingham later arranged for Susan to be executed, but fled in fear when Robin Hood's men, along with the villagers, attacked. (PROSE: The Thief of Sherwood)

However a second account states that the Sheriff was later made into a cyborg, after an altercation with extraterrestrial robots. He led a plot to take control of the English throne and take Clara Oswald as his consort, but was defeated by Robin Hood, who, during a sword fight, pushed him into a vat of molten gold. (TV: Robot of Sherwood)

Behind the scenes[]

  • A scene in Robot of Sherwood in which the Sheriff of Nottingham was beheaded by Robin Hood, revealing him to be a cyborg, was edited out of the episode's broadcast as it was deemed inappropriate in light of recent events in the news — namely, the beheading of two American journalists by terrorist group Islamic State.[1] However, the fact that he was a cyborg could still be seen when his hands were shown coming out of the vat of melted gold. The cut can clearly be seen in the finished episode when the tapestry behind Clara and the Doctor vanishes before Robin cuts the rope and rises to the wooden beams. The fact that the Sheriff is a cyborg is also hinted at with the line 'I'm too much for you outlaw! The first of a new breed! Half-man, half engine!'. This line is said by the Sheriff just before he also cuts a rope and rises to the beams.
  • The Sheriff was played by Alan Wheatley in the ITV series The Adventures of Robin Hood (in which John Arnatt played the Deputy Sheriff), Valentine Dyall in a Goon Show sketch, Paul Darrow in the miniseries The Legend of Robin Hood and Nickolas Grace in Robin of Sherwood.
  • The town of Nottingham didn't have a sheriff until the 1400s. His correct title would have been the Sheriff of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The sheriff seeks to rule Derby, but historically he already had jurisdiction there.

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