"War zone fires rage. So does ambition. The aim to master the masters of mayhem. Topple, dodge and drive. The aim to hammer! The wheels of fortune will spin and the war zone lottery balls tumble! And from Heat M, only one lucky winner survives."
— Jonathan Pearce's introduction

Heat M of Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars was the thirteenth of sixteen heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars. The episode featuring Heat M was originally broadcast on January 25, 2004 on Five.

"Welcome to Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars. And tonight, sees the return of a Robot Wars legend, oh yes, champion of the Second Wars, who's here to see Panic Attack?! Now this team are one of the best, if not the best, drivers in the country, having pulled off some of the most incredible manoeuvres ever seen in the warzone! Panic Attack, that's what I'd be having, if I were in the pits!"
— Craig Charles

Competing robots[edit | edit source]

Newcomers[edit | edit source]

Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.30 x 1.34 x 0.80m
Power 750W electric motors
Weapons Rotating blades
Strengths Destructive weaponry
Weaknesses Plastic shell
From: Blackburn, Lancashire
Team Members: Trevor Holden, Richard Sagan & George Toweld
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Tough as Nails
Weight 98kg
Dimensions 0.37 x 1.25 x 1.15m
Power 2 x 1600W electric motors
Weapons Horizontal crushers
Strengths Strong armour
Weaknesses Electrical problems
From: Haren, The Netherlands
Team Members: Jeroen van der Loo, Stefan J. Raaijmakers & Niels R. Schotten

Veterans[edit | edit source]

Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.30 x 1.20 x 0.80m
Power Electric motor
Weapons Spinning disc
Strengths Invertible
Weaknesses High ground clearance
From: Cambridge
Team Members: Mark Marshall, Nick Bullock & Oliver Reid-Smith
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Edge Hog
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.87 x 0.95 x 0.80m
Power 2 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Pneumatic axe
Strengths Strong weapon
Weaknesses Breaking down
From: Macclesfield, Cheshire
Team Members: Stephen Egerton & James Steele
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Mega Morg
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.40 x 1.16 x 0.60m
Power 2 x 800W electric motors
Weapons Flipper
Strengths Bright colour, dangerous
Weaknesses Bright colour, easily seen
From: Penclawdd, Swansea
Team Members: Dorian Caudy & Mark Hooper
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Panic Attack (seeded 8th)
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.33 x 1.36 x 0.93m
Power 750W electric motor
Weapons Lifter & ramming spikes
Strengths Battle experience
Weaknesses New driver
From: Roath, Cardiff
Team Members: Kevin Pritchard, Jamie McGarry & Paul Wier
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Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.74 x 1.35 x 0.95m
Power 750W electric motor
Weapons Flipper & spinning disc
Strengths Weaponry
Weaknesses The team!
From: Tiverton, Devon
Team Members: Jason Snow, Farren White & Alec Dick
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Spin Doctor
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.90 x 0.98 x 0.74m
Power 3 x 24V electric motors
Weapons Rotating body with blades
Strengths Strong armour
Weaknesses Vulnerable underside
From: Bradninch, Devon
Team Members: Alastair Harlow & Tim Harlow

Round 1[edit | edit source]

Panic Attack (8) vs Mega Morg vs Edge Hog vs Spin Doctor[edit | edit source]

"Luckily, we were in a booth with the Mega Morg team, a friendly bunch, who were welsh, and yellow. Obviously we were going to work together, but they tried not to mention it at all in the programme."
— Panic Attack Website

Panic Attack lifts Spin Doctor up

Edge Hog axes Mega Morg

Panic Attack immediately attacked Spin Doctor, causing it to topple around on the arena floor. As Mega Morg and Edge Hog engaged in battle, Panic Attack continued to attack Spin Doctor and flipped it over against the arena wall, activating the pit release button in the process.

"Spin Doctor very, very nearly, ah it has. It's just nudged the pit release button because it was thrust on its side... and over and out, to be honest."
— Jonathan Pearce as Spin Doctor's Seventh Wars campaign ends early

The Welsh team up on Edge Hog

Mr Psycho picks Spin Doctor up in his claw

Cassius Chrome punches the overturned Spin Doctor

As Spin Doctor was left stranded, Panic Attack and Mega Morg attacked Edge Hog with Mega Morg getting underneath and flipping Edge Hog onto its back, but it quickly self-righted. As Spin Doctor was counted out, Panic Attack lifted Edge Hog up with its lifting spikes and pushed it towards the flame pit, but Edge Hog escaped. The two yellow Welsh robots then teamed up to lift Edge Hog and together they pushed it into the pit of oblivion.

"And the Welsh here, are ganging up on Edgehog. Mega Morg from Swansea, Panic Attack from Cardiff. They're scrumming down together, and Edgehog out, as a result."
— Jonathan Pearce as Edgehog is pitted

Qualified: Panic Attack & Mega Morg

B.O.D. vs Disc-O-Inferno vs Robochicken vs Tough as Nails[edit | edit source]

"Now for Robot Wars, you have to have spinners that work, eyes in the back of your head, the ability of course to dodge and run and then carry off the big prize."
— Jonathan Pearce

Tough as Nails swings Disc-O-Inferno's blade into B.O.D.

Tough as Nails pits Disc-O-Inferno

B.O.D. started by attacking Robochicken, trying to slice its side but did not even make a mark. Meanwhile, Tough as Nails immediately activated the pit release button. Robochicken then ducked behind the Refbot, as Tough as Nails then grabbed hold of Disc-O-Inferno, as the former annihilator winner made a gash down B.O.D.'s side, and swiftly dumped it into the pit of oblivion.

"And we can see the first grab, Tough as Nails has Disc-O-Inferno, towards the pit. Just surviving? No, they've gone."
— Jonathan Pearce

Robochicken flips B.O.D. over

Robochicken is pitted after B.O.D. is counted out

Robochicken, in a desperate attempt to survive the melee, then intercepted B.O.D. and flipped it clean over. Tough as Nails then closed in on Robochicken, but Robochicken managed to ward off Tough as Nails with the flipper, also making the Dutch machine retreat a short distance. However, Tough as Nails then grabbed hold of Robochicken, but couldn't drag it across the arena floor as easily as it did with Disc-O-Inferno. Despite this though, Tough as Nails was nearing Robochicken towards the pit. However, Robochicken was still able to surpass B.O.D. being counted out by the Refbot.

"Can they get some traction on the arena floor and hold on in there, Robochicken? B.O.D. is being counted down and out, will Robochicken survive? The count for B.O.D. I think is going to be... they're eliminated and Robochicken just survives."
— Jonathan Pearce

B.O.D. suffers the fate of the Drop Zone

Tough as Nails drops its third opponent into the pit

20 seconds passed between B.O.D. being counted out and Tough as Nails finally pitting Robochicken. Tough as Nails finished the battle by snatching B.O.D. away from the flame pit and placing the still overturned machine onto the arena Drop Zone, where it was hit by bowling balls, although there was no visible damage created from this impact. Tough as Nails then finally attempted to pit B.O.D. as well, but the pit was already full with the other two robots, and B.O.D. remained out of the pit as cease was called.

"What a dustup that was. Tough as Nails doing exactly what it says on its tin and Robochicken was mobile the longest, so those two go through!"
— Craig Charles

Qualified: Tough as Nails & Robochicken

Round 2[edit | edit source]

"Craig. This is how they line up. In a minute, Mega Morg against Robochicken but first up, Tough as Nails against the seeds Panic Attack and we're with them in the pits."
— Jonathan Pearce reconfirming the second round line-up

Panic Attack (8) vs Tough as Nails[edit | edit source]

Panic Attack's prongs are buckled by Tough as Nails

Tough as Nails grapples with Panic Attack

Tough as Nails immediately tried to grab hold of Panic Attack and pushed it into the pit release button. Panic Attack then attacked Tough as Nails but the Dutch machine was soon able to grab hold of Panic Attack again, before reversing into the CPZ and being hit by the hammer of Mr. Psycho. Tough as Nails pushed Panic Attack into another CPZ but it escaped before Sergeant Bash was able to reach it. As the two robots engaged again, it became clear that the front spikes of Panic Attack had come loose and were no longer able to lift Tough as Nails. This meant that Tough as Nails was easily able to grab hold of Panic Attack, but the Welsh robot held on and Tough as Nails was struggling push it around the arena.

"Tough as Nails, in their first UK Robot Wars, doing very, very well. Purposefully again, grinding down Panic Attack."
— Jonathan Pearce

Sgt Bash grabs Panic Attack

Panic Attack tries to force Tough as Nails towards the pit as time ticks down

Tough as Nails did eventually push it into Sergeant Bash's CPZ, where it was grabbed by the pincers and hit by Mr. Psycho's hammer. Panic Attack escaped and began to push Tough as Nails around the arena for the last few seconds before cease was called and the judges went for Tough as Nails, eliminating the eighth seeds.

"Well. The judges have their decision. You know the criteria lads. They've gone.. for Tough as Nails!"
— Craig Charles announces the decision after speaking to both teams

Winner: Tough as Nails

Robochicken vs Mega Morg[edit | edit source]

"So the seeds have gone. Tough as Nails make it through to the Heat M Final. They'll meet either Mega Morg or Robochicken."
— Jonathan Pearce

Mega Morg temporarily beaches itself up on the arena wall

Robochicken flips Mega Morg

Robochicken was the first robot to use its flipper, but the attack missed. Mega Morg then launched an attack on Robochicken and missed, getting itself stuck against the arena wall in the process. Mega Morg escaped and the two robots continued to attack each other, but neither was able to use its flipper successfully for a while until Robochicken finally managed to get underneath Mega Morg and flipped it over onto its back.

"Robochicken gets the full thrust of the flip, Mega Morg is over, can they self-right? This is gonna be a problem for them. Robochicken I think has won it here."
— Jonathan Pearce

Mega Morg is counted out, and punished by Mr. Psycho

Sergeant Bash pits Mega Morg along with a washing machine

Mega Morg was unable to self-right as it was in a position from which it could not roll over, so Robochicken attacked it with its spinning disc for a while before activating the pit release button. Mega Morg was counted out and Mr. Psycho attacked it with his hammer before placing it on the Drop Zone where a washing machine was dropped on it. Sergeant Bash then attempted to pit Mega Morg, but humorously pitted the washing machine instead.

Winner: Robochicken

Final[edit | edit source]

"Tough as Nails looks very good to me, Craig. Robochicken perhaps have survived to get this far."
— Jonathan Pearce

Tough as Nails vs Robochicken[edit | edit source]

"So will they be immortalised or will they be immobilised? Get ready. It's time for the big one. It's the heat final!"
— Craig Charles

Robochicken went on the attack straight away, flipping Tough as Nails over several times, but Tough as Nails was able to recover and grabbed hold of Robochicken before slamming it into the arena wall.

Robochicken makes a strong start to proceedings

"Will they, though, have left all their eggs in one basket by getting in too many flips early on?"
— Jonathan Pearce

Robochicken escaped and flipped Tough as Nails once again, before the Dutch machine activated the pit release button. Robochicken continued to attack, flipping and pushing Tough as Nails as it tried to run away.

Tough as Nails races away to activate the pit release

"Robochicken could be on the verge, here, of a very famous victory."
— Jonathan Pearce

Robochicken pushed Tough as Nails into the arena wall and tried to flip it out, but the flipper didn't have enough power and Tough as Nails survived. Eventually, Tough as Nails was able to grab hold of Robochicken again and pushed it into the angle grinder, but Robochicken escaped.

Robochicken attempts to topple Tough as Nails over the arena wall

"There is, I think though, damage caused to Robochicken, either by the angle grinder or the pincers of Tough as Nails. To me, i'll have to see a close up again, there seems to be a hole in Robochicken."
— Jonathan Pearce

Tough as Nails grabbed hold of Robochicken once again and pushed it into the CPZ where it was attacked by the axe of Shunt.

Robochicken feels the full force of Shunt's axe

Tough as Nails almost pits its opponent

"Robochicken, you can see the damage there, and I think they expended too energy early on without managing to finish off Tough as Nails. Suddenly, the heat final has turned."
— Jonathan Pearce

The battle ended with Tough as Nails trying to push Robochicken into the pit, but Robochicken escaped and cease was called. After a long time deliberating, the judges finally gave the decision to Tough as Nails.

The damage on Robochicken that swayed the judges decision.

Heat Winner: Tough as Nails

"Tough as Nails finally got the chicken in its jaws, and gave them a one way ticket, out of Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles' sign-off

Special Event[edit | edit source]

Main article: Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars/Featherweight Championship

Between Round 1 and Round 2 of each heat (except Heat I), a 'Special Event' was shown. For Heat M, it was a featherweight battle featuring robots weighing no more than 12kg. In the last of three qualifiers, four robots entered the arena, with two qualifying for the final later in the series.

Gi-Ant-O vs Micro-Mute vs Rampage 2 vs Whipper

Qualified: Rampage 2 & Whipper

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode featured no true newcomers, as the B.O.D. team had previously competed in New Blood with Night Raider and the Tough as Nails team had previously competed in the Dutch and German series, with both Tough as Nails and Arena Killer.
  • This episode marked Disc-O-Inferno's last appearance.
  • As in Series 5, The Four Horsemen and Team Panic Attack were in the same heat.
  • This episode was the third occurrence of a former Grand Champion being knocked out in the heats, with Series 2 champions Panic Attack falling for the second time. The others were Panic Attack also in Heat I of the Sixth Wars, Chaos 2 in Heat C of the sixth series, Razer in the first Heat of Series 8, and Apollo in Heat 5 of Series 9 and Heat 1 of Series 10.
  • This episode featured the last appearance in the original run of a robot sporting the famous Diotoir fur, a tradition dating back to Roadblock during the First Wars, as a small piece of it was on Mega Morg.
  • This marked Panic Attack's worst performance in Robot Wars, falling in the second round of the heat. It continued the superstitious "eighth seed curse", following Gemini, 3 Stegs to Heaven and itself in the previous war.
  • In the interview before the second Round 2 battle, Jayne Middlemiss referred to Round 2 as "Heat 2".
  • This would be the last main competition heat not to feature a robot that reached the semi finals of the previous series until Heat 2 of Series 9.
  • Before the heat final, the shot of Shunt in his introduction was mirrored.
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