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This article is about the Series 6-7 competitor. For other uses, see Spin Doctor (disambiguation).

"The team here says even it's frightened of this, oh come on, that's just spin!"
Jonathan Pearce in Extreme 2

Spin Doctor (also known as Spindoctor) was a robot that competed in Series 6 and Series 7 of Robot Wars, as well as the Iron Maidens tournament of the second series of Robot Wars Extreme. Spin Doctor did not enjoy great success, being eliminated in the first round in all of its appearances, including the Iron Maidens tournament.


Spin Doctor in the arena during Series 6

Spin Doctor was a small, purple robot with a full body spinner made from a lorry wheel, which could spin at 300rpm. In Series 6 and Extreme 2, the spinner was equipped with several small barbs which were used as teeth, although they did not deal a great amount of damage when they were used. Additionally, the robot's cut-off switch was exposed on a non-rotating panel on the top of the robot, leaving it vulnerable to being immobilised by blows from overhead weapons.

For Series 7, Spin Doctor (alternatively Spindoctor) had stronger armour, while the barbs on its spinner were replaced with much larger blades. Additionally, the spinner was increased in weight to 15kg, and upgraded to spin at 400rpm. Its top armour was also revised to better conceal the cut-off switch.

Overhead view of Spin Doctor in Series 7

The Series 7 version of Spin Doctor in the arena

Spin Doctor had numerous weaknesses that prevented it from achieving any success. Its weapon was rarely effective, it had a vulnerable baseplate which was easily crumpled by Sgt. Bash in Series 6, and suffered from electrical problems that prevented it from surviving for a full battle. In addition, it was slow and unable to self-right, which resulted in its easy defeats against Bulldog Breed and Panic Attack.

The Team[]

The robot was entered by the Harlow family from Exeter, with Alastair Harlow being the captain and main driver, accompanied by Jenny Harlow and their father, Tim. For the Iron Maidens tournament, Jenny Harlow drove the robot, although she did not have prior experience with controlling it before the competition.

Robot History[]

Series 6[]

"A new team, they admit they don't even know their own strength!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Spin Doctor enters the arena

In its first round battle, and first fight in Robot Wars, Spin Doctor faced Kat 3, Bulldog Breed and Revenge of Trouble & Strife.

Spin Doctor draws near to Bulldog Breed

Bulldog Breed immediately flipped it into Sir Killalot, who re-righted it, and allowed Spin Doctor to retreat into an empty CPZ as Bulldog Breed flipped Revenge of Trouble & Strife over, rendering it immobile. Spin Doctor approached Refbot, before Bulldog Breed got underneath and flipped it onto its side into another CPZ, where it was stranded. Sgt. Bash moved into the CPZ and crumpled through Spin Doctor's wheel and baseplate with his pincers, causing the robot to start violently smoking. Spin Doctor was counted out by Refbot, before being placed on the Floor Flipper by Sir Killalot and flipped.

Bulldog Breed flips Spin Doctor over

"In an age of spin, reality is hard to take."
— Jonathan Pearce as Spin Doctor is flipped by the Floor Flipper

Extreme 2[]

In the second series of Extreme, Spin Doctor exclusively fought in the Iron Maidens tournament. In its first round, it fought former Grand Finalist Pussycat and Chompalot, with this being Jenny Harlow's first time driving the robot.

Chompalot grabs Spin Doctor

Spin Doctor is counted out. Notice the loose section of tyre on the arena floor

Spin Doctor was attacked early on by Chompalot, being grabbed by the latter's jaws and slammed into the wall. Chompalot then pushed Spin Doctor into a CPZ while Pussycat attacked its rear armour, with Spin Doctor playing very little part for the remainder of the battle. Spin Doctor then had one of its tyres shredded after an attack from Pussycat, which also dislodged one of its drive belts. Pinned against the angle grinders, and immobilised on one side, Spin Doctor was counted out by Refbot, and eliminated from the Iron Maidens tournament.

Philippa Forrester: "What would you say now, to all those male roboteers out there?"
Jenny Harlow: "Watch out, because we're gonna be back!"
— Post battle interview

Series 7[]

Jayne Middlemiss: "Have you modified it?"
Tim Harlow: "Yeah, we've modified it a lot because last year I'm afraid we broke down fairly early and also our teeth were much smaller. This year they're much sharper, meaner, stronger, better in every way!"
Jayne Middlemiss: "The Seventh Wars have been a brutal wars, are you worried about stepping into that arena?"
Tim Harlow: "Terrified!"
— Pre-battle interview

In the first round of the Seventh Wars, an improved Spin Doctor machine was placed up against Mega Morg, Edge Hog and the number 8 seeds Panic Attack.

Spin Doctor is lifted up by Panic Attack

Cassius Chrome punches the overturned Spin Doctor

In the battle, before Spin Doctor could get up to speed, Panic Attack bumped it with its forks, causing it to flail on its side. As it regained its balance, Panic Attack shoved it around the arena, Spin Doctor tried to steer away but was far too sluggish, as Panic Attack then made a run-up and flipped it on its back against the pit release button, activating it, as Spin Doctor had just reached it. Spin Doctor was immobilised here, as its srimech didn't work and it was subsequently counted out by the Refbot, hammered by Mr. Psycho and flipped by the arena floor flipper. Cease was called, and Spin Doctor was eliminated from the competition, along with Edge Hog, who was pitted shortly after Spin Doctor's immobilisation.

"We wanted to see if it was improved and to be honest, no. They [the team] have to go back to the drawing board, I think."
— Jonathan Pearce as Spin Doctor is counted out


Series 6
The Sixth Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat K, Round 1 vs. Bulldog Breed, Kat 3, Revenge of Trouble & Strife Eliminated
Extreme Series 2
Iron Maidens
Round 1
Round 1 vs. Chompalot, Pussycat Eliminated
Series 7
The Seventh Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Round 1
Heat M, Round 1 vs. Edge Hog, Mega Morg, Panic Attack (8) Eliminated


  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 3

Series Record[]

Main Series Spin Doctor Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Heat, Round 1
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 1
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Iron Maidens, Round 1



Official Series 7 photo

  • Tim Harlow was inspired to build Spin Doctor due to a dream he had.
  • Spin Doctor was the only newcomer in Heat K of Series 6.
  • Spin Doctor was one of the few robots in Robot Wars to never fight in a head to head battle.
  • In all of its appearances, Spin Doctor never went up against a newcomer, making it one of the few robots to never fight a newcomer during its time on Robot Wars.