Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons (Story 55)
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One year after the events of Spearhead From Space, the Doctor has to deal with the Autons again, because a surviving Nestene energy unit that the Brigadier loaned to a museum has been stolen by his arch-enemy, the Master. The Master, a Time Lord like the Doctor, plans to use the globe and a radio telescope to broadcast a signal to invite the Nestenes to victory where they failed before. He also commandeers a plastics factory run by the weak-minded Rex Farrell. Anyone whom he can't hypnotize, he dispatches in ruthless ways, as he does with Mr. McDermott and Mr. Farrell's father. The Doctor, meanwhile, gets a new assistant, the clumsy but adorable Jo Grant, and is drawn into the crisis upon hearing of a raid on a radio telescope research center. Thus begins the opening story of Season Eight, Terror Of The Autons, a classic of classics.
The scene of a Time Lord in a suit, bowler hat, and brolley appearing in mid-air with the noise of a materializing TARDIS borders on the surreal. He and the Doctor trade barbs, but the newcomer is here to warn him about the Master.
Katy Manning, as the cute, blonde, clumsy, and kooky Jo Grant, made her debut here and she's one of the reasons why the Pertwee era is my favorite in the series' history. The miniskirts would come much later, but this is a taste of this season and the ninth and tenth seasons. She accidentally ruins one of his experiments, and the Doctor, who calls her a "hamfisted bun vendor," for that mistake, demands that the Brigadier get rid of her. Jo proves herself worthy by procuring some much-needed parts for him. She eventually becomes one of his longest serving and most beloved assistants.Read more ›
The Doctor also has further interaction with the Time Lords plus the story was notoriously deemed too scary for its young viewers (not by the kids, of course, but by media and 'family values' watchdogs.) Policemen turn out to be Autons, Auton flowers shoot gas, and a little rubber devil comes to life and kills people. Good stuff.
This may be the finest story of the Pertwee era, or at least among the top 5.
Finally on DVD. Buy it!
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this story starts a new season of doctor who, and as you can it's with some changes. the first is the Doctor got a new lab ( if anyone knottiest). Read morePublished 5 months ago by daryl drumheller
The Collection is growing!!!!! Thank you for having this awesome story!Published 7 months ago by VictorSlim3D
This Auton themed story is much better than the original Auton story, Spearhead From Space, for a few reasons. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Malbus
What else can be said but this episode marks the first appearance of the Master as portrayed by the late great Roger Delgado. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael 1701
very Happy with DVD this was Jo Grant (played by Katy Manning) 1st appearance I loved her in this show, also the Master (Roger Delgado) made his 1st appearance in Doctor Who in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Timothy R. Bailey