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Doctor Who (Classic) 59 Seasons 1971

The Master, a renegade Time Lord breaks into a museum and steals a Nestene energy globe

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1. Terror of the Autons Part 1

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.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: 1 January 1971
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2. Terror of the Autons Part 2

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.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: 1 January 1971
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3. Terror of the Autons Part 3

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.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: 1 January 1971
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4. Terror of the Autons Part 4

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.

PARENTAL-GUIDANCE Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: 1 January 1971
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Genres Drama, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director ---
Season year 1971
Network BBC
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Format: VHS Tape
This fantastic Doctor Who story got series 8 off to a great start. For instance, it introduces one of the best villians ever (the master) which is played deviously by Roger Delago, Jo Grant ( Jon Pertwee's second assistant) debuts in this episode and finally the return of the autons. This story has also been electronically restored into colour because in the 1970's BBC wiped a lot of Jon Pertwee's episodes and this story since only existed in black and white. But some NTSC(Amercain) colour version of this story were returned to the BBC in the early 90's. The BBC then combined both the b/w and colour signals to produce a colour image. Anyway. This is one of Jon Pertwee's best storys ever and I advise you to purchase this Video ASAP and enjoy some classic 70's Doctor Who
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I have been waiting for quite some time for this title, it now completes my upgrading from VHS to DVD. I am at 73 a lifelong fan of Doctor Who and have only had one or two series I have not liked. I have to state that I was never a fan of Colin Baker's period as the doctor but have however never let that spoil my enjoyment. This story about the Nestene was in my opinion one of the most scary Dr Who stories made, I was a young adult when it was broadcast but it really got to me, the fact that a plastic chair could suffocate you or a plastic toy come to life and strangle you put the wind up me no end, but isn't that what Dr Who was supposed to do scare the pants off you. I have heard people criticise the special effects but remember this was the 70's and although TV was not new colour television was in it's infancy, so they did the best with what they hah, and in my opinion they did a brilliant job.
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I honestly can't say anything bad about this story. For starters we are introduced to The Master, one of the finest examples of villainy ever, the Autons make a great (and just as eerie) comeback and the only weapon used against us is something that's all around us: plastic (I doubt I'll ever look at a plastic daffodil with a smile on my face again). Definately one of the greatest stories ever.
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Having recently read Doctor Who Magazine's 'Fact of Fiction' feature on this story, I was compelled to revisit it. Dusting down my copy I poured a glass of wine and settled down to see if time had been kinder to this than it has to many Doctor Who serials from Jon Pertwee's tenure. Happily I discovered that it had - the introduction of The Master provided what was to become the greatest fictional rivalry since Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty; Jo Grant's comedic turn as the Doctor's ditzy new assistant was an instant success and the return of the sinister and malevolent Autons provided the icing on the cake. Particular highlights must include the evil doll waking and attacking the factory boss, The Master's killer chair, the Autons in carnival heads distributing the deadly flowers and The Doctor's encounter with an extra-long telephone cable..!
Producer Barry Letts presided over some fine Doctor Who serials but he never topped Terror of the Autons; their comeback in the 2005 relaunch of the programme will hopefully have led many new fans to unearth this little gem.
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Whilst the current Who has served up some chilling and unsettling stuff
of late to send todays generation of kids diving for cover behind their
sofas(yes"Blink" and your petrifying statues,im talking about you)!This
four part helping from the classic series,namely Jon Pertwee's eighth
season in 1971-is without doubt its equally scary bedfellow.
Apparently this story provoked some complaints and a slight storm of
protest on its original broadcast,and after numerous viewings i can
quite clearly see why.I think the step was overmarked on a number of
occasions.
As then producer Barry Letts quite rightly stated,its probably not a
good idea to make familiar and everyday things scary such as children's
dolls,chairs and more controversially-policemen.After watching this story
it was noted that many kids refused to go to their beds for fear of their
cuddly teddy bears coming to lfe and throttling them.And of course when
you were a child you were always brought up to respect and be able to
approach an officer of the law,not to be scared witless that he could
be a blank faced auton,ready to shoot you down without any hesitation.
But i digress,this is still a cracking,action packed thriller that moves
at a good pace.All the familiar and cosy ingredients of the Pertwee era
take root here.Aswell as the Brigadier,Sgt Benton,UNIT and Bessie,we have
the first ever appearances of the Master(superlatively played by the
much sadly missed Roger Delgado)dizzy but always eager to help companion
Jo Grant(Katy Manning)and Capt Mike Yates(Richard Franklin).
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This great story was the first appearence of the Master, Jo Grant and Captain Yates and it was also the second appearence of the autons. The story is very well written by Robert Holmes and the scene when the ugly doll comes to life and kills the factory boss is a creepy scene and there are also killer plastic daffodills and a killer plastic sofa, which children must have been really scared back then. Even though I really liked this episode I prefered "The spearhead from space" more and I thought the ending finished too quickly. But overall this is well worth watching and this was the last auton story in over 30 years, which the next story was Christopher Eccleston's debut in "Rose".
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