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Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons (Story 55) (2011)

Jon Pertwee , Nicholas Courtney  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, Katy Manning, John Levene
  • Writers: Robert Holmes
  • Producers: Barry Letts
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004L9GMBW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"I have come to destroy you Doctor, once and for all!" The Earth is in terrible danger! The Master is back with an evil scheme to destroy humanity and silence the Doctor forever. His plan: To awaken the awesome power of the Nestene-a ruthlessly aggressive alien life form. Once mixed with plastic, they will form into faceless automatons, a willing army of destruction easily controlled by the evil Time Lord himself. This is the terrible threat now facing the Earth-the terror of the Autons. Aided by the Brigadier and his enthusiastic new assistant, Jo Grant, only the Doctor can combat their evil power, but first he must defeat the Master... Originally transmitted in color January 2nd-23rd 1971, this four part adventure starring Jon Pertwee was lost in its original form. Only a black and white version and an edited color American NTSC standard version remained until now when technology worthy of the Doctor himself has reconciled the two, synchronising them into one full color version.

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am the Master... and you will obey me! December 29, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I am the Reviewer, and you will read this. You will read this... you will read this...
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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "There's going to be some complaints about THAT..." September 30, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This Jon Pertwee tale has a notorious reputation - it is the story that brought Dr Who its first big controversy. Depicting murderous policemen, dolls and daffodils, it sparked outcry, outrage and was even discussed in parliament. Oh, how it was corrupting the kiddies of Britain! They would be too scared of going to bed with their teddy bears or approaching a police officer! Cue Mary Whitehouse, who would later bring forth her tirades against the evil, godless programme, crusading as an ambassador for all that's good and nice. (Mrs Whitehouse always brings out this reviewer's sarcastic side!) Today such a story would not raise a single eyebrow - it really shouldn't have way back in 1971. It wasn't until the 1980s that violence became a real problem for Dr Who - the Jon Pertwee era is in fact one of the most "cleanest" periods of the show when it came to violence - death was always bloodless, "laser gun" style. However, I will concede that "Terror of the Autons" DOES has disturbing images. The idea of daffodils coming alive and suffocating people is one of them. One of the story's most memorable and vivid scenes is when McDermott is slowly smothered by the plastic chair. The Autons walking about in their freakish carnival masks is another. However, this is a credit to Robert Holmes, one of the series' best writers. For isn't that the purpose of science fiction? To stretch our imaginations and present outlandish scenarios? They may be disturbing, but they leave an impact on the viewer. That is what "Terror of the Autons" achieves overall. The story is basically a sequel to the excellent "Spearhead From Space", the first Nestene/Auton story. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Pertwee at his best! February 16, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Terror of the Autons is not only my favouite story of the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who, but it is also my favourite Doctor Who story of all time. The story not only brings back the Nestine Autons, but it also marks the first appearance of the Doctor's "best enemy". The Master. The Doctor, with the help of UNIT must figure out a way to stop the Master from channeling the entire Nestine Invasion fleet to Earth before it's too late. Jon Pertwee's performance as the Doctor is dead posh and the scenes between him and Roger Delgado (the Master) are such a treat to watch. Although all the Doctor/Master stories I've seen thus far have been nothing short of great, this one is the first and by far, the best out of all of them. A must have for not only fans of Jon Pertwee, but fans of Doctor Who in general.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pertwee March 16, 2011
By Byron
This is a watershed story for several reasons. It introduces both Jo Grant and The Master and the Pertwee/Letts formula really gels as the production team hits its second-season stride. Except for the 4-part 'Spearhead from Space' the four stories in Pertwee's first season were far too long and padded, running 7 episodes each. One slightly clunky seven-parter like 'Ambassadors of Death' and there's more than a quarter of the season gone.
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was great to find this at a price that I could afford. Tape still in great shape.
Published 3 months ago by Katherine J Littlefield
5.0 out of 5 stars The first Master story.
This is the first time The Master appeared as a regular villain in the Classic Series and it's a worthy entry. Delgado and Pertwee are a joy to watch on-screen.
Published 4 months ago by WeirdRaptor
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who at it's most Terrifying!
A great Pertwee adventure. The Nestene consciousness has been detected in the Earth's atmosphere again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andrew50
5.0 out of 5 stars You just have to love the Master!!!
This episode introduces Jo Grant and I really Enjoy Roger Delgado's performance. As usual though I will not include the story line. I am sure you have already read it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jim Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars The Autons, a new Companion, and the Master as a Bond Villain
Terror of the Autons kicked off Series 8 of the Classic Doctor Who. The Autons were a decent threat, but not an overshadowing one unlike the Daleks or the Cybermen. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Jo Grant!
The Return of the Autons and the introduction of Jo Grant and Roger Delgado as The Master. I loved this episode when I first saw it decades ago, and love it just as much now!
Published 8 months ago by LMI
5.0 out of 5 stars The debut of Josephine Grant. Autons controlled by the Nestine.
This is more exciting to watch compared to Spearhead From Space. I saw this twice. Spearhead From Space and Terror of the Autons are somewhat difficult for me to understand. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Benjamin Cucueco
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dr Who the best.
I love the classic series. I'm not dissing the new series. But there's something special about the older stuff. And you can't beat Degado for being the Master!
Published 20 months ago by Leslie Hubert
4.0 out of 5 stars A good first episode for the Master.
That's the main reason I got it, and it's pretty good overall. The Master was a great villain, & the Autons are really creepy. I can see why this episode caused a controversy. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Patrick Correa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
I liked this story. Just like the other if you like Doctor Who you will like this one. The special effects are cheesy but a good story.
Published 22 months ago by Pete
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