Terror of the Autons

Terror Of The Autons

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Terror of the Autons

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Terror of the Autons is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, broadcast in four weekly parts from 2 to 23 January 1971. The serial opened Season 8 of the series, introducing three new characters: the Third Doctor's new companion, Jo Grant (played by Katy Manning); his archenemy, the Master (Roger Delgado); and Captain Mike Yates (Richard Franklin).


A van materialises out of thin air at a circus. A thin, bearded man dressed in a black suit introduces himself as the Master to the circus owner, Luigi Rossini, and hypnotises him; this allows him to use Rossini and his crew to help him break into the National Space Museum and steal the sole surviving Nestene energy unit. At UNIT headquarters, the Doctor meets his new assistant, Josephine Grant, who accidentally ruins one of his experiments, mistaking smoke for fire.

Meanwhile, the Master takes the energy unit to a radio telescope facility, killing the technician on duty. The Master hooks up the energy unit to the radio telescope and sends a signal into space. Another technician, Professor Phillips, arrives and confronts the Master, only to be brought under his control.

At UNIT Headquarters, the Doctor is dismayed that he has not been assigned a scientist as the replacement for Liz Shaw, who has returned to Cambridge, but he reluctantly accepts Jo Grant as her replacement as he hasn't the heart to tell her otherwise. Reports of the theft of the Nestene unit and sabotage at the radio telescope...
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