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The new series of Doctor Who began last night on the BBC and while I will have to wait to see this episode, I now know that for the first story of the new series it was decided to bring back a classic menace from the Jon Pertwee era… The Autons.
The Autons are the embodiment for the Nestene, an intelligent energy that can control plastic.The 1971 story Terror of the Autons was one of the most terrifying and complained about episodes of it’s time. Think shop dummies coming to life and shooting people, an inflatable chair swallowing up it’s victim, telephone cords wrapping around their victims throats to strangle them and plastic daffodils that spray a plastic mask over the victims face suffocating them and it’s not hard to see why.
Some images from the first episode are available on the BBC website..