Doctor Who (1963)

Season 8 Episode 3

Terror of the Autons, Episode Three

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Jan 16, 1971 on BBC
8.3
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Terror of the Autons, Episode Three
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Earth, the near future. The Master - another renegade Time Lord and the Doctor's sworn enemy - arrives and allies himself with the Nestene Consciousness in an attempt to conquer the planet. But how can plastic flowers be an invasion weapon...?

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  • Unusually but successfully action packed

    9.0
    One of the reasons why Terror of the Autons as well as earlier episode Spearhead from Space and the 2005 comeback pilot Rose work so well as slices of science fiction horror is the use of plastic as an enemy.



    OK, so plastic isn't the enemy, but rather the tool manipulated by the real enemy in order to gain their goals. In this case, the villains are The Master, continuing his debut storyline, and the deadly villains the Autons.



    This particular episode is a memorable part of a classic four part story, thanks in a large part to some well choreographed action sequences. The quarry shoot out between UNIT and a couple of attacking Auton robots showcases their apparent invulnerability, giving them the same veil of dreaded terror that would later make the first Terminator film so successful.



    Recommended for Who and non-Who fans alike!moreless
Norman Stanley

Norman Stanley

Telephone Mechanic

Guest Star

Dermot Tuohy

Dermot Tuohy

Brownrose

Guest Star

Barbara Leake

Barbara Leake

Mrs. Farrel

Guest Star

Haydn Jones

Haydn Jones

Auton Voice

Recurring Role

Pat Gorman

Pat Gorman

Auton Leader

Recurring Role

Terry Walsh

Terry Walsh

Auton Policeman

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Dialogue Flubb: After shooting the killer doll, Mike Yates tells the Doctor that he went to "fetch some cocoa". The Doctor then says, "Fetch a tin of what?", having anticipated a different line.

    • When Jo and the Doctor are running from the autons, Jo trips with an audible "oh!". Katy Manning sprained her ankle in the shot.

    • Ironically, the first conversation we ever see between the Doctor and the Master is when the Master calls to say goodbye.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Brigadier: Doctor, this is Mr. Brownrose, from the ministry. He's come to us with a rather alarming story.
      The Doctor: Well, I'm not in the mood for stories.
      Brownrose: Is this man a member of your staff?
      Brigadier: The Doctor acts as our scientific consultant, yes. (He nods at Jo.) His assistant, Miss Grant.
      Brownrose: How do you do? I hope he's qualified to deal with a matter of this complexity.
      The Doctor: I think you'll find, sir, that I am qualified to deal with practically anything, if I choose.

    • Rex Farrell: Colonel, the Autons that were sent to recover the bodies of the Doctor and the girl-
      The Master: Have returned without them, I know.
      Rex Farrell: And you're not angry?
      The Master: Because the Doctor's escaped again? No. He's an interesting adversary. I admire him in many ways.
      Rex Farrell: But you still intend to destroy him?
      The Master: Of course. The more he struggles to postpone the moment, the greater the ultimate satisfaction.

    • The Doctor: You know Jo, I sometimes think that "military intelligence" is a contradiction in terms.

    • The Doctor: What's wrong with being childish? I like being childish!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Jon Pertwee is credited as "Dr. Who", the form used for the first six seasons. He would be credited as both "Doctor Who" and "Dr. Who" over the next three seasons.

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