Companions: The Doctor, Jo Grant, The Brigadier, Captain Mike Yates, Sergeant Benton.
Monsters/Villains: The Master, The Autons, The Nestene Consciousness.
Brief Synopsis: With new assistant Jo Grant, the Doctor must stop a second attempt invasion by the Nestene Consciousness and their plastic pals the Autons who are being aided by an old enemy, the Master.
As I write this I'm on a train on my way to Cardiff for a fun-filled Doctor Who day, culminating with a special screening of the recently rediscovered lost episodes Airlock from Galaxy 4 and episode 2 from The Underwater Menace with companions Steven Tyler (Peter Purves), Polly (Anneke Wills) and Jamie McCrimmon (Fraser Hines). I cannot sufficiently express my excitement. But back to Terror of the Autons.
|The wonderful Richard Franklin as Captain Mike Yates.|
|The Autons get a redesign, but like Patrick Troughton says, "I don''t like it."|
My only real bugbear with Terror of the Autons is that it's all a bit too obvious. As an audience we know what's going on but have to stand idly by while the Doctor and UNIT puzzle it out. What this story really does achieve is an impressive parade of imaginative plastic-related deaths, including:
|Death by plastic chair.|
|Death by animated novelty troll doll.|
|Attempted murder of the Doctor by exceedingly long telephone flex.|
|And of course death by a substance shot from a plastic daffodil.|
|Katy Manning as Jo Grant.|
|The Master's incredibly cruel tissue-compressor.|
|Roger Delgado as The Master.|
|This Time Lord has come 29 thousand light years to warn the Doctor.|
The resolution of this one is a little weak too, as the Master realises that the Nestene's wouldn't work for him so he helps the Doctor avert their arrival. The Doctor removed the Master's dematerialisation circuit with hopes to use it for his TARDIS. It doesn't work but it means that like the Doctor, the Master is also now stranded on earth and I certainly must agree with the Doctor's sentiment, "I'm rather looking forward to it!"
Join me next time for The Mind of Evil.