"So far on Robot Wars, defending champs Chaos 2 breezed through to the semi-finals. Admire the power. Gasp at the skill. Atomic defeated. But last time, a shock. Third seeds Razer caused feathers to fly against Robochicken, both battled on, til Pussycat ended the chick's c-luck, and stunningly then blunted the Razer's edge. What shock today? Roboteers on guard!"
— Jonathan Pearce's introduction

Heat C of Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars was the third of sixteen heats which determined the semi-finalists of Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars. The episode featuring Heat C was originally broadcast on October 6, 2000 on BBC Two. The broadcast managed to attract 3.98 million viewers, an increase of 10,000 viewers when compared with the previous episode. According to BARB, this meant it ranked fourth in the top thirty highest rated BBC 2 broadcasts during 2-8 October.

"Y'know, I can’t understand people who are obsessed with extreme sports. For a start, I don’t trust sky-diving, especially when they say, “Don’t open your parachute until you’re through the cloud level”. I mean, what if it’s foggy?! And they say nothing compares to the adrenaline rush of bungee jumping. Really? Next time, try it without the elastic. Besides, there’s only one extreme sport, and that’s Robot Wars. And you don’t need to have left your brain in a fridge to do it."
— Craig Charles' introduction

Competing Robots[edit | edit source]

Newcomers[edit | edit source]

Bolt from the Blue
Weight 79.4kg
Dimensions 1.00 x 0.40 x 0.70m
Clearance 0.01m
Power Electric powered motors
Weapons Flipper arm
Notes Uses compressed air
From: Kendal in the Lake District
Team Members: James Procter, Lucien Procter & Chris Elleray
Weight 79.5kg
Dimensions 0.34 x 0.90 x 0.80m
Clearance 0.08m
Power 2 x Wheelchair motors
Weapons 3 hardened steel cutters
Notes Wants to smash up Hypno-Disc
From: Leamington Spa
Team Members: Tony Adams & Chris Adams
The Morgue
Weight 76.7kg
Dimensions 1.25 x 0.65 x 0.42m
Clearance 0.01m
Power Electric powered motors
Weapons Front lifting forks
Notes Low centre of gravity
From: Swansea, Wales
Team Members: Dorian Caudy, Mark Hooper & Huw White

Veterans[edit | edit source]

Diotoir (seeded 21st)
Weight 80.0kg
Dimensions 0.80 x 0.80 x 0.40m
Clearance 0.02m
Power Electric powered motors
Weapons Spring loaded lifting arm
Notes Pressure 1200PSI
From: Dublin, Ireland
Team Members: Peter Redmond & Ciarán Byrne
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Firestorm 2 (seeded 5th)
Weight 79.9kg
Dimensions 0.29 x 0.97 x 0.82m
Clearance 0.06m
Power Electric powered motors
Weapons Powerful flipping arm
Notes Took 3 months to build
From: Durham
Team Members: Graham Bone & Alex Mordue
Ming 2
Weight 80.0kg
Dimensions 1.03 x 0.28 x 0.78m
Clearance 0.02m
Power Electric powered motors
Weapons 2 x spikes and flippers
Notes Nose cone raises and lowers
From: Bath
Team Members: Andrew Cotterell, Alexander Cotterell & Oliver Cotterell

Eliminators[edit | edit source]

"Ah yes. I love the smell of fear in the morning. Let the wars begin!"
— Craig Charles

Firestorm 2 (5) vs Scar vs The Morgue[edit | edit source]

Firestorm 2 flips Scar

Firestorm 2 immediately flipped Scar over, but it was invertible, so no harm was caused to the newcomers' machine. The Morgue drove at Firestorm 2, ramming it as it turned. Scar attacked The Morgue to little effect. Scar backed away, and Firestorm 2 drove underneath Scar and flipped it over again. Firestorm 2 then circled Scar before getting wedged between both Scar and The Morgue. The Morgue pushed Firestorm 2 around before breaking free and flipping Scar again. Firestorm 2 then got underneath The Morgue and flipped it against the side wall.

"You can see no future for The Morgue. A grave position for them."
— Jonathan Pearce

Firestorm 2 flips The Morgue onto the wall

Sir Killalot burns The Morgue over the flame pit

Firestorm 2 attacked Scar, but couldn't properly get it on the wedge, so just pushed it around. Sir Killalot then closed in on The Morgue and held them over the flames.

"Ah, the cremation of The Morgue."
— Jonathan Pearce

Firestorm 2 flipped Scar against the side wall as Sir Killalot righted The Morgue who attacked Firestorm 2, pushing the Durham machine back a bit before cease was called. Firestorm 2 and Scar went through as The Morgue had been immobile long enough to be eliminated.

Qualified: Scar and Firestorm 2

Diotoir (21) vs Bolt from the Blue vs Ming 2[edit | edit source]

"Why, why, why are you out then, The Morgue? It's not unusual. Firestorm 2 going through and Scar with them. And next up, Bolt from the Blue, Diotoir and Ming 2"
— Jonathan Pearce

Diotoir is immediately disposed of.

Diotoir had problems before the battle began and the team had to remove their top armour to fit in the weight restrictions. Their flipper wasn't working properly either and then finally broke down completely before the battle after the chain that powered it snapped. However, a last minute re-adjustment had the weapon positioned horizontally as an alternative ramming spear.

Diotoir burns as Bolt from the Blue flips it closer to the flame pit

In the battle, Ming 2 immediately charged and slipped beneath the defenceless Diotoir and flipped the seeded machine over. Bolt from the Blue then attempted to flick the overturned robot using its lifting arm, but with no success. Instead it pushed Diotoir onto the flame pit. At the same time Ming 2 rammed into Bolt from the Blue from behind with the latter pressed against the arena side wall, and wedged up briefly before the pair separated.

"Well you can see they're not right, are they?"
— Jonathan Pearce as Diotoir is instantly toppled over

Refbot extinguishes Diotoir

The disabled weapon meant that Diotoir couldn't self right, but the armourless top meant that it was spinning in tight circles. With Diotoir immobilised, Bolt from the Blue and Ming 2 moved away. Both robots then charged at each other, but only made a glancing bump. Strangely, Diotoir did not catch fire until Sergeant Bash came in with his flamethrower.

"And they are on fire now! That's the end surely for Diotoir."
— Jonathan Pearce

Cease was called soon after, and the twenty-first seed was eliminated.

Qualified: Bolt From The Blue and Ming 2

Semi-Finals[edit | edit source]

Firestorm 2 (5) vs Bolt From The Blue[edit | edit source]

"That's an interestingly one, Craig. Look. The unseeded robots meet, Scar and Ming 2. Bolt from the Blue have a very tough one, against the only seeds left in Heat C, Firestorm 2."
— Jonathan Pearce on the how the heat semi-finals initially looked

Firestorm 2 circles around Bolt from the Blue

One of the few real attacks of the battle.

Firestorm 2 started off circling Bolt from the Blue making a few attacks at the side, but not getting underneath it due to its low ground clearance. Firestorm 2 then rammed Bolt from the Blue, with the latter firing its flipper at thin air. Bolt from the Blue managed to get underneath Firestorm 2, but Firestorm 2 escaped before it could be flipped. Bolt from the Blue managed to get underneath again and lifted its foe up, but didn't manage to tip it over.

"Firestorm 2, surely not another seed to go out here?"
— Jonathan Pearce

Firestorm 2 drives over Bolt From The Blue

Bolt from the Blue pushes Firestorm 2.

It got underneath a few more times, but never lifted Firestorm 2 up. Bolt from the Blue then tried pushing Firestorm 2 towards the pit, but struggled to get traction and Firestorm 2 escaped. Bolt from the Blue got underneath Firestorm 2 once more before cease was called.

"That's too close for me to call. It goes to the judges - difficult one for them."
— Jonathan Pearce

The judges gave Firestorm 2 the victory on aggression, although the crowd disagreed.

Winner: Firestorm 2

The Morgue vs Ming 2[edit | edit source]

"...look at this. Scar should have been fighting Ming 2, but they're out and The Morgue have been reinstated."
— Jonathan Pearce

The Morgue penetrate the armour of Ming 2 and begins to lift

Scar had to pull out of the second round due to a technical problem, so The Morgue was reinstated. The battle started with Ming 2 positioning itself wide to line up an attack. Ming 2 drove at The Morgue, but didn't get underneath it, with The Morgue able to push Ming 2 backwards. The Morgue drove at Ming 2, skirting past its wedge and onto the flame pit. After a short period of jostling, Ming 2 got underneath The Morgue and flipped it over. It appeared that The Morgue was going to stay flipped, but it slowly rolled back onto its wheels.

"Oh goodness me, The Morgue just roly-poly, poly, over, and okay."
— Jonathan Pearce as The Morgue slowly falls back onto its wheels

Ming 2 flips The Morgue

Ming 2 continued to attack, as it got underneath the front of The Morgue and drove it towards Dead Metal, before tipping it up, but The Morgue came down the right way up. The Morgue charged forwards, away from the CPZ, before both robots drove at each other, with The Morgue's front prongs stabbing the front of Ming 2.

"Look at this! That's a real power battle, there."
— Jonathan Pearce as The Morgue spikes Ming 2

Sir Killalot finishes Ming 2 off

The Morgue lifted Ming 2 up, but Ming 2 fought back and pushed The Morgue into Matilda. Matilda moved in, but both robots escaped unscathed. As the pit descended, Ming 2 drove at the side of The Morgue again, but missed with its attempted flip. Ming 2 then forced The Morgue into the arena wall, before The Morgue pushed Ming 2 backwards, with it appearing to break down after this attack.

"There's no drive in those wheels; Andrew Cotterell is in trouble here."
— Jonathan Pearce

Shunt axed Ming 2 and then pushed it into Sir Killalot, who lifted Ming 2 up and pitted it.

"Well. No doubt about it. Ming 2 goes out. The winners are The Morgue!"
— Craig Charles

Winner: The Morgue

Final[edit | edit source]

Firestorm 2 (5) vs The Morgue[edit | edit source]

Firestorm 2 flips The Morgue

Firestorm 2 chased The Morgue around before finally getting underneath it and tipping it up, but not flipping it over. Firestorm 2 was soon able to get underneath and tip up The Morgue, but again failing to flip it. The Morgue then drove its opponent towards Dead Metal, but Firestorm 2 turned away in time. Firestorm 2 continued to probe away at The Morgue's sides, and after one more incomplete flip, Firestorm 2 was able to flip The Morgue into Matilda's CPZ.

"That was a power spurt, and The Morgue literally flew through the air and into the CPZ."
— Jonathan Pearce

Firestorm 2 throws The Morgue into Matilda

The Morgue rolled onto its wheels again and escaped, but after a head on collision between the two, Firestorm 2 got underneath again and flipped it over, but again it simply rolled onto its wheels. Firestorm 2 tipped it up again before pushing The Morgue into the arena wall and using the flipper again but just could not get it over. The Morgue escaped and pushed Firestorm 2 into the arena wall, but it moved away, and the action drifted towards the pit.

"Oh, look, the pit starts to descend, and they're dangerously close now, The Morgue, and they went down! No, Firestorm's driven in! Were they wedged on? They think they've won it, The Morgue!"
— Jonathan Pearce

The controversial finish

The pit descended and Firestorm 2 pushed The Morgue towards it. The Morgue reversed onto the edge and appeared to get wedged on the top with its lifting forks, but Firestorm 2 turned round backwards and fell in underneath it. The Morgue team celebrated, thinking they had won, but the judges controversially ruled that The Morgue was stuck over the pit and therefore immobilised first and Firestorm 2 was declared the winner. Like Firestorm 2's previous decision, the crowd disagreed.

"...the decision's come through and what the judges have said, is the pit was activated and Morgue went into it first, and though it wasn't immobilised for thirty seconds, they say Firestorm was winning on points up to that point anyway. So they've given it - to Firestorm!"
— Craig Charles announces the judges' decision

Heat Winner: Firestorm 2

"You can stick your vegetarians and your old carnivores, cos we only eat metal, on Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles' sign-off

Trials[edit | edit source]

Spikasaurus comes within an inch of 50 points, but time runs out

Shunt was unable to push Destruct-A-Bubble properly

Scorpion is toppled off the ring

During the Fourth Wars, alongside the main competition, a Pinball Warrior Tournament and Sumo Basho Competition were also held. Unlike the similar competitions of the Third Wars, these trials featured successful qualifiers for Series 4. In between the first and second rounds of each heat, a Pinball run took place, and two sumo attempts took place in between Round 2 and the Heat Final in each of the first eight heats. For Heat C, the Pinball featured Spikasaurus and the Sumo featured Destruct-A-Bubble and Scorpion.

Pinball Warrior Tournament - Spikasaurus[edit | edit source]

Score: 40 points

Sumo Basho[edit | edit source]

  • Destruct-A-Bubble - 11.91 seconds
  • Scorpion - 9.23 seconds

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This was the first and only time that Team Nemesis fell in the first round of the main competition.
  • Both seeds in this heat, Firestorm and Diotoir also appeared in Heat O of Series 3.
  • The Morgue was the first robot in Robot Wars to be re-instated after elimination, after Scar had to retire.
    • This makes The Morgue one of the few robots to lose twice in a heat in the classic series.
  • No highlights from the two Heat Finalists' previous battles were shown before the Final.
  • Ming 2 would avenge its loss to The Morgue in Extreme 1.
  • This was the only heat of Series 4 where in the next episode preview, shown at the end, Jonathan Pearce did not mention the seedings of the two robots - Steg 2 (7th) and Mortis (23rd).
  • Four robots in this heat (Firestorm, Diotoir, The Morgue and Ming) would be seeded at some point with Firestorm being the only one to never lose in the first round of a UK Championship.
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