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"Imagine it’s ancient Rome, it’s a Sunday afternoon, you’ve washed your chariot, you’ve ironed your togas, and now you’re off down the Amphitheatre to watch grown men get butchered. OK, so the ancient Romans enjoyed some pretty barbaric entertainment, but back then, it was just like the footie, only Roman gladiators never advertise shampoo, even if all that was left of them was their head and shoulders. I suppose it’s a bit like Robot Wars, although our gladiators don’t wear skirts, they wear titanium plated body armour. And they don’t fight for honour either, they fight for a place in our series semi-finals. Yes it may be savage, but it’s still drawing in the crowds!"
— Craig Charles' introduction

Heat M of Robot Wars: The Third Wars was the thirteenth of sixteen heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Third Wars. The episode featuring Heat M was originally broadcast on March 10, 2000 on BBC Two. The broadcast managed to attract 5.85 million viewers, a decrease of 160,000 viewers when compared with the previous episode. According to BARB, this meant it ranked first in the top thirty highest rated BBC 2 broadcasts during 6-12 March, for the third consecutive time.

Competing RobotsEdit

NewcomersEdit

Hammerhead
Hammerhead
Weight 77.3kg
Dimensions 0.40 x 1.03 x 0.70m
Clearance 0.30m
Power 2 x 24V Wheelchair Motors
Weapons Interchangeable Axe
Notes Cost £1,400
From: Barnstaple
Team Members: Paul Brend, Mike Brend
Scutter's revenge official image
Scutter's Revenge
Weight 79.8kg
Dimensions 0.47 x 1.30 x 0.80m
Clearance Variable
Power 2 x 2HP Starter Motors
Weapons Front Bulldozer Blade
Notes High Powered Motors
From: Essex
Team Members: Graham Warner, Oluremi Idris, Darren Ball
Thermidor series 3 official image
Thermador
Weight 78.0kg
Dimensions 0.34 x 1.43 x 0.73m
Clearance 0.30m
Power 2 x Car Motors
Weapons Lobster Claw
Notes 3mm Aluminium Shell
From: Norwich
Team Members: David Harding, Ian Harvey, Eli Kirkpatrick
Zeus
Zeus
Weight 78.8kg
Dimensions 0.70 x 0.80 x 1.00m
Clearance Variable
Power 2 x 24V Electric Motors
Weapons Rear Pickaxe & Scoop
Notes Cost Approximately £400
From: Wiltshire
Team Members: Julian Raffle, Mark Raffle, John Raffle

VeteransEdit

Cassius 2
Cassius 2
Weight 81.3kg
Dimensions 0.33 x 1.20 x 0.87m
Clearance Variable
Power 2 x Lawnmower Motors
Weapons Flip Up Paddle & Rear Spike
Notes Shell Made of Polycarbonate
From: Suffolk
Team Members: Rex Garrod, Mick Cutter, Simon West
Dundee RWS3
Dundee
Weight 75.7kg
Dimensions 0.40 x 1.20 x 0.65m
Clearance 0.03m
Power 2 x 12V Batteries
Weapons Disc Cutter & Lifting Ram
Notes Cost £200
From: Bristol
Team Members: Richard Manion, Eric Manion, Charles Humphries
Plunderstorm
Plunderstorm
Weight 75.5kg
Dimensions 0.40 x 1.20 x 0.65m
Clearance 0.01m
Power Electric
Weapons Circular Saw
Notes Cost £4,000
From: Hampshire
Team Members: Mike Onslow, Ken Burt, Bryan Kilburn
Pussycat1
Pussycat
Weight 81.6kg
Dimensions 0.95 x 0.56 x 0.73m
Clearance Variable
Power 2 x 750W Motors
Weapons Diamond Edged Saw
Notes Cost £1,000
From: Gloucester
Team Members: Robin Herrick, David Gribble, Robert Bettington

Round 1Edit

Hammerhead vs PussycatEdit

Pussycat vs hammerhead

Pussycat sinks its claws into Hammerhead

Both robots moved towards the arena centre, with Pussycat coming down onto its front. Pussycat tried to angle its blade onto the side of Hammerhead, but barely scratched their opponent. Pussycat once more tried to line up its blade, but both robots met side on again. Hammerhead went backwards, onto the arena wall, which allowed Pussycat to use their weaponry to attack the front of Hammerhead, causing sparks. Hammerhead remained against the arena wall, with Pussycat's weapon creating more sparks, while Hammerhead missed with an axe attack.

"The cat, here, using not talons and claws, but their circular saw."
— Jonathan Pearce

Hammerhead finally moved away from the arena wall, with Pussycat attacking the back end of it. Hammerhead turned around to face Pussycat, but both robots were locked side on once more. Hammerhead used its axe again, but missed, and it got stuck in the arena floor.

"No, no, no, it's not the idea; you attack the other robots, and the House Robots, not the arena floor! And now they're stuck!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Pussycat lunged forward, into Hammerhead's axe, before shoving Hammerhead - whose axe was still stuck in a downwards position - from the side. They angled Hammerhead towards the pit, before nudging it down.

"Ooh, meow, meow, you could be in pain, Hammerhead, if you go into that pit! And into the pit goes the shark!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Pussycat

Cassius 2 vs DundeeEdit

Cassius 2 vs dundee

Cassius 2 deals a knock-out blow to Dundee

Dundee started by going across the arena and very near to Sir Killalot's CPZ. Cassius 2 tried to keep Dundee in there, bringing its new Flip-up Paddle into play, but was not immediately able to get fully underneath Dundee, and then overstepped their mark and went into Killalot. The House Robot pressurised Cassius 2, pinning it against the arena wall, before the Series 2 runners up got away.

"Ooh, and immediately, driven, here, Cassius, into Killalot's claws. The great lance, and the drill and the pincer."
— Jonathan Pearce

Both robots met again, with Dundee bumping Cassius 2. The two clashed again, before Cassius slid under the side of Dundee and then repositioned itself in an attempt to flip Dundee. Again, though, Cassius 2 couldn't get sufficient purchase on Dundee, and their flip failed to topple Dundee. Cassius 2 continued to attack though, and forced Dundee towards the CPZ. Killalot caused little trouble for Dundee, who, after a short amount of time, got away from danger. Both robots collided into each other again, before Cassius 2 slid under the side of the Crocodile-shaped robot, hurling it upside-down with its wide flipper.

"And Dundee already doing better than Loco did last in the last series, until then! And falling the same way - tucked in, flipped up and over, and over and out."
— Jonathan Pearce

After 'Cease' was called, Cassius 2 then went after the House Robots in its usual style, chasing Matilda and dislodging her rear armour, but ultimately ending up on the receiving end of an axe blow from Shunt, which went through the top panel of its flipper, causing Cassius to fire it forwards to remove the unwanted axe.

"This is what we love about Rex Garrod; a smile etched on his face of pure joy, as his bot takes on the House Robots."
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Cassius 2

Plunderstorm vs ThermadorEdit

Thermador vs plunderstorm

Thermador's only contact with Plunderstorm

Plunderstorm seemed to be having a mechanical fault at the start of the fight, turning on the spot and failing to get away from the arena wall. Thermador trundled towards it, and went up the front of Plunderstorm, before reversing away. Thermador spun around and then drove towards Plunderstorm again, as the House Robots closed in.

"Will those caps and sunglasses and the attitude and boasts all mean nothing here for Plunderstorm? Because they're not moving."
— Jonathan Pearce

They pushed Plunderstorm against the arena wall, before it became clear that Plunderstorm was immobilised, prompting Dead Metal and the other house robots to come in.

"Plunderstorm? It's not even a shower!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Sir Killalot then came in and hooked Plunderstorm's tracks with its lance, lifted it into the air, and carried it around the arena before eventually lowering the beaten machine into the pit.

"Plunderstorm will be swiftly snuffed out, and there will be sunny skies ahead for Thermador"
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Thermador

Zeus vs Scutter's RevengeEdit

Scutter's revenge vs zeus

Scutter's Revenge pits Zeus

Both robots started slowly, ambling towards each other before meeting. Scutter's Revenge managed to force Zeus back though, and into the arena wall. Scutter's Revenge then got fully underneath the front of Zeus and pinned them against an angle grinder.

"They tell us that Scutter's Revenge has this mighty power - engines like we've never seen, or heard. Hardly roaring, more like purring. But nonetheless, shoving Zeus against the arena wall."
— Jonathan Pearce

Scutter's Revenge then pushed Zeus across the arena floor, with Zeus's axe spike breaking off on a grill, before they were forced into the pit.

"Well that was over very quickly for Zeus. They're out."
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Scutter's Revenge

Round 2Edit

Cassius 2 vs PussycatEdit

Pussycat vs cassius 2

Possibly Series 3's biggest shock unfolds as Cassius 2 reverses into the pit

Cassius 2 started strongly, hurtling into Pussycat. Pussycat then attacked the rear of Cassius 2, as the action drifted towards the flame pit. Pussycat continued the scratch Cassius 2, causing little trouble for it, with Cassius seemingly trying to line up their spike weapon. Cassius 2 then hung next to the arena wall, with Pussycat charging at it, but falling onto its side. Pussycat struggled to self-right, but was then knocked back on its wheels as Cassius 2 used its pneumatic spike.

"Great shunting and bashing and barging going on."
— Jonathan Pearce

With Pussycat still adjusting itself, Cassius 2 drove backwards at maximum speed to try and ram the now-righted Pussycat into the pit, but the feline machine drove out the way, causing Cassius 2 to miss, overshooting and flying backwards into the pit. Cassius 2 was also unable to attempt to escape the pit as it fell in at the wrong angle to use its spike, sending the Series 2 runner-up out of the fight and sealing the victory for Pussycat. This was arguably one of the biggest upsets in Series 3, and a famous early win for Pussycat.

"They won't get out from there. What a shock this is - Cassius 2 have gone!"
— Jonathan Pearce

During the post-battle interview with Craig Charles, Rex Garrod admitted that he was not driving Cassius 2 in the duel and Mick Cutter did.

Winner: Pussycat

Scutter's Revenge vs ThermadorEdit

Thermidor 1

Scutter's Revenge serves up some potted lobster

Both robots clashed head on, with Scutter's Revenge forcing Thermador backwards. Thermador managed to wriggle away from Scutter's Revenge though, and then clutched it with the claws, side on.

"Oh, behave, Scutter's Revenge, says the message on the back."
— Jonathan Pearce

Scutter's Revenge turned as it was in the grips of Thermador, before getting away and then coming onto the attack itself. This time, Scutter's Revenge slid in between the claws of Thermador and forced the lobster backwards. Thermador tried, but couldn't match Scutter's Revenge for pushing power, and was forced into the pit.

"Thermador wants to get it in its claws, and then force towards a CPZ, but is being pushed towards the pit itself, and the lobster is in the net and caught, and it's Scutter's Revenge who go through."
— Jonathan Pearce

Winner: Scutter's Revenge

Heat FinalEdit

Pussycat vs Scutter's RevengeEdit

Pussycat vs Scutter's revenge

Pussycat's blade shatters, along with its chances of advancing.

Scutter's Revenge had a better start, pushing the cat into the arena wall twice. Pussycat got away and began attacking Scutter's Revenge with its saw, pushing it over the flame pit at the same time.

"Is that the same...is that the same blade? Well, they've put another diamond blade on there, a diamond saw blade. It certainly looks darker than the one we had before."
— Jonathan Pearce notices something amiss with Pussycat's saw.

Scutter's Revenge pushed back at Pussycat, who managed to evade it, but it then drove at the arena wall, its blade shattering upon impact.

"Oh! And it was a different blade, it's shattered! It's a completely different blade....and not only could they be in trouble from Scutter's Revenge, but they could be in trouble here with the judges, Pussycat!"
— Jonathan Pearce as the blade shatters

Scutter's Revenge pushed it against the arena wall several more times, before surprisingly, Pussycat began pushing the Essex newcomer against the wall, then towards the flame pit. Eventually, Scutter's Revenge started to billow smoke. The House Robots came in; Killalot pushed Scutter's Revenge onto the flipper, where it was thrown over.

Winner: Pussycat

Cut from television, the Cold Fusion Team were interviewed by Craig Charles as winners of the battle, and it seemed as though Pussycat would progress to the series semi-finals. However, due to the rule stating that 'hardened blades that may shatter are prohibited', Pussycat was disqualified due to its violation of this rule. According to the TV edit, Cold Fusion Team had failed to declare the change in weaponry in advance, although this is denied by Robin Herrick, believing this was written for narrative effect. Due to Pussycat's disqualification, Scutter's Revenge advanced to the series semi-finals.

"As it's a technical contravention and for health and safety reasons, the judges have had to vote that you've been disqualified because the saw shattered and it was against the rules, and I'm really sorry to have to break that news to you because you've got a fantastic robot and you've been a great team, but we have to let you go."
— Philippa Forrester breaks the news to the Cold Fusion Team

Heat Winner: Scutter's Revenge

"You can grovel and beg, when you're down on all fours, but we'll show no mercy, on Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles signs off

Special EventEdit

AnarachnidMammothWalker

The two robots slowly advance on one another

Between Round 1 and Round 2 of each heat, a Special Event or Trial took place. For Heat M, it was a Walker Battle.

Mammoth vs AnarachnidEdit

Outcome: Draw

Trivia Edit

  • Heat M featured two grand finalist teams from Series 1, who ended up fighting each other in the second round of the heat.
  • Heat M was one of two heats in Series 3 to feature two Series 2 semifinalists, the other being Heat G.
  • Cassius 2's battle against Dundee was a grudge match from Series 2, where Cassius beat the team's old machine, Loco.
  • Series 2 semi-finalists Plunderstorm fell in Round 1 and Cassius 2 was eliminated in Round 2, possibly one of the biggest shocks in the series. Heat M was therefore the last appearance of Rex Garrod in Robot Wars; he left after being disgusted by the lack of safety measures in place.
    • Interestingly, Heat M was also the only time on Robot Wars where a robot was disqualified for a safety violation whilst competing (Mauler was refused Health and Safety Documents).
  • This heat also featured accusations of cheating as a radio transmitter was confiscated from an audience member, although this turned out to be a false alarm. The transmitter in fact belonged to a tiny robot, no bigger than Sir Killalot's rear plates, that the audience member had created.
  • For unknown reasons, Philippa Forrester only introduced seven robots during her pit report at the beginning of the heat. Thermador was not seen in the pits, and was only introduced to the viewing audience during the Round 1 lineup.
  • For an unknown reason, the opening titles recap was not structured sequentially, unlike the preceding ones, and did not feature any clips from Heat B.

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