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.

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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 Marian, but when they try to rescue her they themselves are trapped. Ian and Susan learn that Ian is the exact double of Robin Hood.

Meanwhile, the Doctor and Barbara are captured by Little John and Will Scarlet, who take them to Robin. They learn that Robin and his men are outlaws who rob both the rich and the poor.

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, an action which along with Marion's romantic stories about Robin are the source of the legends about Robin Hood.

After the time-travellers depart, the Doctor detects a buildup of space pressure...

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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 (Serial I) entitled The Outlaws, "broadcast" from 19 September - 24 October 1964. The story includes "excerpts" from Doctor Who Magazine, Radio Times, Doctor Who: A Celebration, and The Television Companion as well as the Target Books "novelisation" of the serial.
    • The serial (and Target novelisation) is stated as having been written by Godfrey Porter, with Patrick Whitfield as director. As a result of its placement, Verity Lambert is producer.
    • The "guest cast" is stated as being Archie Duncan (Little John), Ronald Hines (Will Scarlet), Frank Thornton (Sheriff of Nottingham), Anneke Wills (Maid Marion), Milton Johns (Peddler), Carl Bernard (Villager) and Ivor Colin (Man-at-arms) with William Russell also playing Robin Hood.
    • The six "episodes" are "The Deserted Castle", "The Thief of Sherwood", "The Alchemist", "Errand of Mercy", "Ransom" and "A Guest For the Gallows". The story notes that Episodes 3 and 5 are "missing", but exist as off-air audio recordings.
      • In reality, all the "episodes" were episodes of The Adventures of Robin Hood with the exception of "The Thief of Sherwood".
    • While doing an alchemy demonstration for the Sheriff in Episode 3, the Doctor nearly blows himself up while mixing chemicals, leaving him absent for two episodes while William Hartnell recovers from a short illness.
  • This story was reprinted in Short Trips: Re:Collections.

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