|Robot Wars Extreme: Series 2 - Iron Maidens|
The Iron Maidens logo from the introduction titles
|First Broadcast|| January 29th 2003|
September 19th 2003
|Original channel||BBC Choice/BBC Two|
|Preceded by||Challenge Belt|
|Succeeded by||University Challenge|
The Iron Maidens was a competition held during Robot Wars Extreme: Series 2. It featured six robots all driven by female members of their teams and also wives and girlfriends of regular team members. The format was two eliminators, two semi-finals and a final, similar to a Series 4 heat. The episode was first shown on January 29, 2003 on BBC Choice and was repeated on September 19, 2003 on BBC Two.
- This episode is most notable for it being the last episode ever shown on BBC Two, prior to the rights being purchased by Five.
- After this episode, champion Chompalot was not seen again on Robot Wars, placing it as one of only a select few robots to win their final battle.
- For this episode, Hazel Heslop of Team Firestorm competed with the Kat 3 team.
- The fight between Chompalot and Behemoth is seen as controversial, as Chompalot was righted by Shunt to allow it to continue with, and ultimately win, the battle. Even more than this, it was Shunt who delivered the killing blow to Behemoth, knocking the link out of the front with his axe.
- The name of the episode was most likely a reference to the execution device of the same name. Alternatively, it could also be a reference to the London-based Heavy Metal band Iron Maiden.
|Dimensions||0.63 x 1.03 x 0.66m|
|Weapons||Pneumatic flipper & axe|
|Strengths||Speed and power|
|From: Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire|
|Team Members: Liz Pritchard, Anthony Pritchard & Claire Gray|
|Dimensions||0.66 x 1.22 x 0.68m|
|Power||2 x Electric motors|
|Weapons||Hydraulic jaws and rear spike|
|Weaknesses||Knights in shining armour|
|Team Members: Debs Cook, Simon Cook & James Cook|
|Dimensions||1.15 x 1.25 x 0.84m|
|Power||2 x 1000W Electric Motors|
|From: Addlestone in Surrey|
|Team Members: Georje Reed, Julie-Ann Williams & Hazel Heslop|
|Dimensions||0.66 x 0.90 x 0.63m|
|Power||2 x Electric motors|
|Strengths||Always lands on its feet|
|From: Gloucester in Gloucestershire|
|Team Members: Ann Gribble, Alan Gribble & Stuart Barnwell|
|Dimensions||0.25 x 1.39 x 1.50m|
|Power||2 x Electric motors|
|Weapons||Spikes and spinning claws|
|Strengths||Fast, strong and agile|
|From: Preston in Lancashire|
|Team Members: Lorna Graham, Peter Platt & Geoff Graham|
|Dimensions||0.53 x 0.66 x 0.66m|
|Power||2 x 24v wheelchair motors|
|Strengths||Compact and destructive|
|Weaknesses||No self-righting mechanism|
|From: Exeter in Devon|
|Team Members: Jenny Harlow, Tim Harlow & Alastair Harlow|
Chompalot vs Spin Doctor vs PussycatEdit
The first Iron Maidens battle got underway with Spin Doctor spinning up to speed, but was rammed by Chompalot, which stop it revolving. Chompalot pushed Spin Doctor into the Disc of Doom release button, but then released Spin Doctor. Pussycat, meahwhile, dug its blade into the back of Chompalot. Chompalot chased Spin Doctor into the CPZ, where Shunt axed the top of Spin Doctor, although surprisingly Shunt did not puncture the shell. Chompalot then got a grip of Spin Doctor, but let it go again. Pussycat then attacked Spin Doctor, scratching the machine, but not causing any serious damage with its blade. Chompalot then got a grip of Pussycat, before releasing it, and then repeated this again. Pussycat then oddly attacked Mr Psycho with its disc.
- "We lost a tyre half way through"
- — Jenny Harlow
Spin Doctor meanwhile had had its mobility reduced to small movements, as a tyre had come loose from the machine. Pussycat rammed the machine a couple of times, but then left Spin Doctor to be counted out by Refbot. Cease was called soon after this.
Qualified: Chompalot & Pussycat
Kat 3 vs Behemoth vs RiptilionEdit
Oddly, Behemoth began this battle by driving straight into the arena wall, before slamming into the Disc of Doom release tyre, before running into Kat 3 and flipping it over with the bucket. Kat 3 struggled to self-right, whilst Behemoth was axed by Shunt. Kat 3 was pushed onto the angle grinders by Refbot, and Riptillion came in, but could not cause any damage, and was lifted by Behemoth, but not toppled. Eventually, Kat 3 self-righted; however Riptillion was not moving, and the House Robot pounced. Kat 3 axed Riptillion with the axe, and dragged the machine across the arena, before letting it go, allowing Refbot to start the count out, whilst Behemoth fought with Shunt, and Kat 3 pressed the pit release.
Kat 3 pushed Riptillion towards the pit, Mr Psycho came in for a hammer blow, before allowing Kat 3 to suspend Riptillion over the pit. Eventually, Mr Psycho delivered a final blow to pit Riptillion, allowing Kat 3 and Behemoth to progress.
- "What chaos! But it's R.I.P. Riptillion, Kat 3 and Behemoth live to fight another day"
- — Craig Charles
Qualified: Kat 3 & Behemoth
Kat 3 vs PussycatEdit
- "The axe descends, misses, axe descends, misses."
- — Jonathan Pearce notes Kat 3's accuracy
The battle began with Kat 3 missing many axe blows, landing them only on the arena floor. Pussycat was far more effective, attacking with the blade and dislodging panels from the Kat. Kat 3 then ran towards, and pressed, the pit release tyre. More dodging ensued, until Pussycat finally attacked Kat 3 again, once again causing damage to the side. Pussycat then drove straight into the CPZ, and Killalot came in, but Ann Gribble at the controls spin away. Kat 3 then punctured Pussycat with its axe, but only caused a small hole. Kat 3 then got in behind Pussycat and tried to axe the rear, but missed. Pussycat then ripped away the loose panel entirely, exposing the CO2 tank, and the wheels.
Kat 3 did not seem fazed by this, however, and attacked Pussycat with its axe. The front of Kat 3 had the front of the machine buckled by Pussycat, but nevertheless both cats went the distance, and the fight was decided by the judges and Pussycat was declared the winner on sheer damage.
Chompalot vs BehemothEdit
Both machines dodged each other at the start, Chompalot running into the disc of doom release button, before running over it, conveniently spinning it at the correct angle to allow it to attack Behemoth from behind, but Behemoth was quick enough to turn round and flip Chompalot over. Despite Chompalot featuring a self-righting mechanism, it was unable to self-right, as Chompalot did not have enough hydraulic fluid for its hydraulic rams to function when the entire robot had been inverted.
At this point, Shunt controversially re-righted Chompalot, so Behemoth again tried to flip Chompalot, and in retaliation, Chompalot tried, but failed, to grab Behemoth with its jaws.
- "And there you see, the link has flown out of the back of Behemoth, that means they have no more control!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Behemoth then ran into the CPZ and Shunt attacked it mercilessly, axing the top of the machine. Chompalot seized the initiative and pushed Behemoth back into Shunt, one axe blow knocked the link out. Chompalot then grabbed Behemoth, pushed it into the pit release button, before backing away and then pushing Behemoth into the pit.
Pussycat vs ChompalotEdit
- "This isn't handbags at six paces, I can tell you!"
- — Jonathan Pearce
The battle began with Pussycat attacking Chompalot with the blade, but Chompalot spun away, but oddly got itself wedged underneath the arena floor, due to the low profile of the weaponry. Sergeant Bash pushed Chompalot to the side, while a ram from Pussycat freed Chompalot, inflicting damage in the process. Chompalot span on the spot. Pussycat and Chompalot fled to the general area of an empty CPZ, where Chompalot was then rammed by Growler. Chompalot then grabbed the shell of Pussycat, but released its foe, as it was unable to push Pussycat while both of its wheels were grounded.
Chompalot then rammed Pussycat into the floor spinner, but again Pussycat escaped. Chompalot once again grabbed Pussycat, but this time did not let go. As Pussycat only had one wheel grounded, Chompalot, after much struggling, pressed the pit release, and dropped Pussycat into the pit, earning it a surprise victory of the Iron Maidens Championship.
Iron Maidens Champion: Chompalot
- "The fairer sex, came through our doors. But they weren't that gentle, on Robot Wars"
- — Craig Charles signs off