"My local pub can get a bit violent; it’s the kind with sawdust on the floor; it’s all that’s left of the furniture. I’m not saying it’s rough, it’s just that even the pool table gets its pockets picked. The barmaid carries a riot shield, and the jukebox has a criminal record. And I don’t mean the one by Steps! The thing is, there’s always fights in my pub over nothing. You stare at another man’s peanuts, and prepare to get assaulted, or dry roasted, depending on what he’s got. Which is why we’ve created Robot Wars, a place where grown men and women can come to brawl over nothing more than a place in our semi-finals, without upsetting anyone playing dominoes!"
— Craig Charles' introduction

Heat K of Robot Wars: The Third Wars was the eleventh of sixteen heats which determined the Semi-Finalists of Robot Wars: The Third Wars. The episode featuring Heat K was originally broadcast on February 25, 2000 on BBC Two. The broadcast managed to attract 5.88 million viewers, an increase of 990,000 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 21-27 February.

Competing RobotsEdit


Weight 81.9kg
Dimensions 0.40 x 1.15 x 0.60m
Clearance 0.55m
Power 2 x Electrical Motors
Weapons Ramming Spike
Notes Cost under £2,000
From: West Yorkshire
Team Members: Stuart Reynolds, Bernard Mosley, Darren Brown
Judgeshred series3
Judge Shred
Weight 77.8kg
Dimensions 0.53 x 1.64 x 0.70m
Clearance 0.30m
Power 2 x 24V Wheelchair Motors
Weapons Cutter & Flipper
Notes Build Time: 8 Weeks
From: Leicestershire
Team Members: Alan Blakeman, Paul Blakeman
Mr punch
Mr Punch
Weight 71.6kg
Dimensions 0.39 x 0.90 x 0.70m
Clearance 0.05m
Power Electric Power
Weapons 2 Pneumatic Rams
Notes Cost £200
From: South Bank University
Team Members: Kieran Kenny, Andy Pridmore, Glenn Stenning
Purple predator
Purple Predator
Weight 76.0kg
Dimensions 0.73 x 1.60 x 0.98m
Clearance 0.00m
Power 24V Electrical Motor
Weapons Flipping Arm & Saw
Notes Cost under £650
From: Reading
Team Members: Trevor Andrew, Sam Andrew, George Andrew
Toe Cutter
Weight 73.0kg
Dimensions 0.35 x 1.15 x 0.66m
Clearance 0.30m
Power 2 x 24V Electric Motors
Weapons Spring Loaded Blade
Notes Build Time: 3 Months
From: Edinburgh
Team Members: Simon Reason, Jon Reason, Peter Reason
X-Terminator S3
Weight 80.0kg
Dimensions 0.94 x 1.0 x 0.62m
Clearance 0.15m
Power 2 x Car Motors
Weapons Pneumatic Spiked Axe
Notes Build Time: 5 Months
From: Hereford
Team Members: Marlon Pritchard, Paul Lewis, Simon Baldwin


Weight 79.2kg
Dimensions 1.15 x 0.57 x 0.57m
Clearance 0.06m
Power 4 x 750W Electric Motors
Weapons Drill & Crusher
Notes Build Time: 12 Weeks
From: Swindon
Team Members: Colin Offer, John Economou, Chris Ransom
Panic Attack 3
Panic Attack
Weight 81.6kg
Dimensions 0.38 x 1.52 x 0.71m
Clearance 0.20m
Power 2 x Electric Motors
Weapons Lifting Spikes
Notes Reigning Champion
From: Gwent
Team Members: Kim Davies, Michael Davies, Simon Rosen

Round 1Edit

"If you're all sitting comfortably, let the wars begin!"
— Craig Charles

X-Terminator vs HeftyEdit

X-Terminator Hefty

X-Terminator brings its axe down onto Hefty


X-Terminator topples Hefty

X-Terminator twisted on the spot for a couple of seconds before charging into Hefty and missing with the spiked axe twice. X-Terminator drifted backwards, near Sir Killalot's CPZ, before going forward into Hefty again. This time, they only scraped their opponent.

"And look, there, also the deadly, pneumatic spike on the top of X-Terminator. The front scoop, as well, looks solidly designed and dangerous."
Jonathan Pearce
Hefty flamejet

Hefty is burnt by the flame jet

Both robots then met head on, with Hefty going up the front scoop of X-Terminator, which brought the spike to into play again, this time embedding itself into the top of Hefty's shell, which allowed X-Terminator to carry it. X-Terminator drove a now suspended Hefty towards Sir Killalot's CPZ, but at one point, one side of Hefty came back down onto the arena floor. This meant that X-Terminator could push Hefty fully over and onto its back

Hefty pitted

Sir Killalot finishes off Hefty

"It rolls Hefty up and over. Have they got any sort of srimech? Self-righting mechanism? I don't think so."
— Jonathan Pearce

Hefty used its ramming spike which fired it away from the arena wall, but Hefty was unable to self-right. Sir Killalot came in and lifted Hefty by one of its tracks, before placing it down, next to the pit and then nudging it in.

Winner: X-Terminator

Purple Predator vs Toe CutterEdit

Toe Cutter first slash

Toe Cutter slashes Purple Predator's fur

Purplepredator vs toecutter

Purple Predator rams Toe Cutter

Toe Cutter failed to get off to a quick start, struggling to move away from the arena wall. Purple Predator came across the arena and slammed into Toe Cutter, before Toe Cutter used its weapon to flick away a small part of Purple Predator's fur.

"And there goes that blade, and yes, there's a slash in the purple fur."
— Jonathan Pearce
Toecutter vs purplepredator

Toe Cutter is bounced up by the arena spikes as it slashes the fur or Purple Predator

Deadmetal vs purplepredator

Dead Metal attacks Purple Predator from behind

Toe Cutter continued to pressure Purple Predator, bumping into it and forcing it to retreat away slightly. Purple Predator then came onto the attack and barged into the side of Toe Cutter. Some more of Purple Predator's fur peeled away, before Toe Cutter angled Purple Predator into Dead Metal's CPZ.

"It's such an old tactic, but it's a proven tactic in Robot Wars - drive your opponent into the Control Patrol Zone."
— Jonathan Pearce
Purplepredator arenaspike

Purple Predator is bounced upwards by the arena spike

Toecutter arenaspike

Toe Cutter is almost overturned by the Arena spike during the closing moments of the battle

Purple Predator escaped with little damage, but more fur was loosely hanging off of it. The action then drifted towards the pit, where Purple Predator was flicked up by an arena spike multiple times as it drove over it, which allowed Toe Cutter to slide underneath Purple Predator's side, before it came back down onto its wheels. Dead Metal came in on Purple Predator and Toe Cutter backed away, but as it did, it went over the same arena spike that Purple Predator did. This time, the arena spike threatened to topple over the robot caught by it, but thankfully for Toe Cutter, the reversing Purple Predator just about kept them upright.

"Well that really would've been a huge shock."
— Jonathan Pearce as Toe Cutter is threatened by the arena spike

Toe Cutter limply flicked its weapon onto Purple Predator once more, before cease was called. The judges decision gave Toe Cutter victory.

Winner: Toe Cutter

Judge Shred vs Mr PunchEdit

Mr punch rammed by Judge Shred

Judge Shred rams Mr Punch

Judgeshred vsmrpunch

Judge Shred lifts Mr Punch

Mr Punch struggled to get away from the arena wall, flicking away with its arm. Judge Shred trundled towards Mr Punch and slid under the side of its opponent with its lifting claws, before backing away. Judge Shred came onto the attack again, nudging into the side of Mr Punch and then lifting it once more.

"At the moment, it's Judge Shred doing all the work."
— Jonathan Pearce
Mr Punch axed

Mr Punch gets the axe from Shunt


Judge Shred and Shunt pin Mr Punch

Mr Punch then reversed onto the flame pit where a short nudging match between the two was played out. Mr Punch then drifted too close to Shunt, who came in and axed Mr Punch three times.

"Look at that, from Shunt, the great axe penetrating the shell of Mr Punch."
— Jonathan Pearce

Mr Punch eventually got away, but Judge Shred put its lifting claws into action again, using them to barge Mr Punch into the arena wall. As the time ticked down, Mr Punch started spinning on the spot in an attempt to inflict late damage. Cease was called, with Judge Shred given the victory on a judges' decision.

Winner: Judge Shred

Axios vs Panic AttackEdit

Deadmetal vs axios

Dead Metal attacks Axios

Axios flamepit

Axios lingers on the flame pit

Axios vs panicattack

Axios pins down Panic Attack

Panicattack vs axios

Axios fires its "tongue" at Panic Attack preventing it from getting a lift on Axios

Axios tipped

Panic Attack topples Axios

Dead metal vs axios

Dead Metal slices into the defeated Axios

Both robots shot out towards the centre of the arena as activate was called, slamming head on into each other. Panic Attack span on the spot with Axios lifting its lance upwards. Axios backed away onto the arena wall twice, and Panic Attacked forced them into Dead Metal. Axios got away from the grip of the House Robot quickly, but got stuck on the flame pit, which allowed Panic Attack to attack again. Panic Attack sneaked in behind Axios, but got itself too close to Dead Metal. Axios brought down its lance down on top of Panic Attack and continued to hold it there as Panic Attack backed away from the CPZ. Panic Attacked charged, and clipped a wheel of Axios, who retreated away and lined up an attack on Panic Attack itself, but nearly got caught by its lifting forks.

"Axios on the charge, lifted up... ooh, almost, by Panic Attack."
— Jonathan Pearce

The pair clashed side on before both robots danced around each other. Panic Attacked attempted to slide underneath Axios but crashed into the arena wall, but kept up its pursuit, finally getting sufficient purchase on the side of Axios, which allowed it to topple its opponent over.

"Panic Attack, doing most of the work now... and flipping Axios up and over!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Dead Metal came in and attacked Axios. Panic Attack then turned Matilda over, causing the house robot's shell to come off.

Winner: Panic Attack

Round 2Edit

Judge Shred vs X-TerminatorEdit

Xterminator vs judgeshred

X-Terminator axes Judge Shred immediately

Judgeshred vs xterminator

X-Terminator's axe gets stuck in Judge Shred


Judge Shred hold X-Terminator back with the lifting claws

Judge Shred on pit

Judge Shred on the edge of the pit

X-Terminator accelerated across the arena floor and crashed into the arena wall, before quickly adjusting itself and attacking Judge Shred's rear with its spike weapon. Judge Shred lifted its claws up, but not with X-Terminator on top of them. Judge Shred then pinched the front X-Terminator, before its opponent ran at the side of Judge Shred, which allowed it to carry it towards the pit. X-Terminator initially struggled to loosen itself from Judge Shred, but the two separated and Judge Shred dropped into the pit.

"EXTERMINATE. EXTERMINATE. Judge Shred pushed towards the pit! Judge Shred! P-S-I, C-O-2, K.O., T-T-F-N, ta ta for now! Judge Shred, over and out!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Judge Shred repeatedly attempted to hoist itself out of the pit with its arms, which gripped onto the lip of the pit, but couldn't get away, so Matilda came in and used its chainsaw on the top of Judge Shred.

Winner: X-Terminator

Toe Cutter vs Panic AttackEdit


Panic Attack lifts but fails to turn Toe Cutter over


Toe Cutter rams Panic Attack

Panic Attack got underneath Toe Cutter quickly, dragging it along the arena floor, but couldn't turn it over. Panic Attack then reversed towards Toe Cutter, before both robots manoeuvred around each other. The two clashed rear to rear and then head on, before Panic Attack slid under the front of Toe Cutter and slipped it into Dead Metal, with Panic Attack losing its front light in the process.

"Tremendous heat semi-final, this. The reigning champions; difficult work against Toe Cutter, but I think the more aggressive of the two robots so far."
— Jonathan Pearce
Panic attack vs toe cutter

Panic Attack gets underneath Toe Cutter

Toe Cutter overturned

Toe Cutter is overturned by the reigning champion

Toe Cutter wriggled away from trouble, with the following action heavily involving Panic Attack's attempts to get underneath Toe Cutter again. Panic Attack finally got some purchase at the side of Toe Cutter and toppled it over after a short drive.

"And again, on the attack, pushing Toe Cutter up on its side... and up and over!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Dead Metal sliced into the bottom of Toe Cutter, while Panic Attack attacked Sgt. Bash, who then tried to snip off Toe Cutter's blade.

Winner: Panic Attack

Heat FinalEdit

X-Terminator vs Panic AttackEdit

X-Terminator Panic Attack 1

X-Terminator drags Panic Attack around

X-Terminator started quickly again, zipping across the arena floor and into the arena wall once more. The two met side on with X-Terminator missing with its spike. X-Terminator then came onto the attack again, sliding under the side of Panic Attack and pricking it with the spike. X-Terminator continued to attack Panic Attack, axing the front of its opponent. Panic Attack attempted to weather the attacks, reversing into X-Terminator, but X-Terminator came onto the attack once more, catching the side of Panic Attack. Panic Attack spun on the spot and X-Terminator attempted to spike the back of Panic Attack, but missed. X-Terminator continued to attack, though, and once again got under the side of Panic Attack, axing the top of it. X-Terminator then drove Panic Attack around the arena, but struggled to angle it into a hazard, so slammed it into the arena wall twice.

"And it's X-Terminator's spike which has been a key feature of this heat."
— Jonathan Pearce

Panic Attack got free from X-Terminator's grip, but struggled to put X-Terminator under any pressure itself, as X-Terminator once more brought the spike down. Panic Attack backed away, but X-Terminator caught it side on again and brought the spike down, forcing it into Sgt. Bash.

"And the champions are in trouble here, now!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Panic Attack is forced into Sgt. Bash's CPZ

Panic Attack span away the CPZ and then finally forced X-Terminator back, into the arena wall next to Shunt's CPZ. Shunt axed into the top of Panic Attack, before attempting to axe X-Terminator, but missed, as the latter darted away. Panic Attack continued its comeback though, and got underneath X-Terminator's front scoop, toppling it onto its side and bundling it over.

X-Terminator on side

X-Terminator is exterminated

"Now can they turn X-Terminator up and over?! This could be crucial! A crucial moment! X-Terminator rolling, goodness me, very, very lucky. Went piggy back, up and over, and came down, right side up."
— Jonathan Pearce

It landed right side up, but its axe was now drooping down. Panic Attack attacked once more and slammed X-Terminator into the arena wall next to Sir Killalot's CPZ.

"Panic Attack on the aggressive, in comes Killalot, what a Heat Final this is!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Sir Killalot came in on Panic Attack, but X-Terminator's self-righter failed due to a burst gas canister, and it couldn't self-right, allowing Shunt to come in and axe one of its tracks off. Sir Killalot lanced the bottom of X-Terminator too, before 'Cease' was finally called.

Heat Winner: Panic Attack

"You can smell the cowpats in the great outdoors, it's like the smell of fear, on Robot Wars!"
— Craig Charles signs off

Special EventsEdit


R.O.C.S escapes Sir Killalot

Between Round 1 and Round 2 of each heat, a Special Event or Trial took place. For Heat K, it was the sixth Pinball Warrior run, featuring R.O.C.S. 2.

Score: 35 points

Trivia Edit

  • Only two veterans were featured in Heat K, one of whom was reigning champion Panic Attack. The two veterans were paired up in Round 1.
  • The heat final between Panic Attack and X-Terminator was nominated for the Best Battle of the Series.
  • This was the only time that a heat involving Panic Attack didn't see at least one of its battles end with a pitting.
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