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There are six episodes of about 15 minutes each.
> As part of a 20 minute show, R781 clothes itself as it was at the time of its adventure with the baby and answers the visitors' questions
If not saving a life, would not any command to imitate a human be insufficient to overcome the prohibition against this? To do so just for the sake of a show is a weaker reason than those given in the text.
This suggests, to me at least, that there may have been other patches over the years. Certainly, nothing in the story precludes this.
A great read that should be shared with everyone. RIP John.