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Terror of the Autons
Doctor Who, episode 55 (8.1)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:30:32
The deadly plastic aliens return. This time as daffodils.
The Master arrives on Earth at a circus run by a man named Rossini and steals a dormant Nestene energy unit from a museum. He reactivates it using a radio telescope and uses his hypnotic abilities to take control of a small plastics firm run by the Farrel family, where he organises the production of deadly Auton dolls, chairs and daffodils.
Humanoid Auton dummies distribute the daffodils - designed to spray a suffocating plastic film over their victim's mouth and nose - by giving them away free to members of the public in a fake promotional campaign.
The Master plans to activate the flowers with a signal from the radio telescope, which he will then use to bring the main Nestene Consciousness to Earth. The Doctor manages to persuade the Master that the Nestenes will have no further use for him once they arrive. The two Time Lords then work together to send the Consciousness back into space.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:48:55
The eighth season of Doctor Who gets off to a strong start with an adventure that sees the return of the Nestenes and their animated plastic mannequins, the Autons, which had been so successful in Spearhead from Space. Simon Lydiard, writing in A Voyage Through 25 Years of Doctor Who, dated December 1988, spotted a problem here:: 'In almost every respect Terror of the Autons was a success, bar one - originality... It is... blindingly obvious that [it] is a thinly disguised rewrite of......
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