Master, another renegade Time Lord, materializes in his TARDIS disguised
as a horse-box at Rossini's Circus. The Master hypnotizes Luigi Rossini,
the circus owner whose real name is Lew Russell, and has him steal a Nestene
energy unit from a museum, where it is on loan from UNIT. In UNIT headquarters,
the Doctor is introduced to his new assistant Josephine 'Jo' Grant, who
is the replacement for the departed Dr. Liz Shaw - who had returned to
Cambridge. The Master reactivates the Nestene energy unit, by using
the Ministry of Technology's radio dishes to contact the Nestene Consciousness.
Warned of the Master's presence by another Time Lord, the Doctor and his
new assistant, Jo Grant, realize that, with the Master's help, the Nestenes
are planning a new invasion, using the Autons.
The Doctor thwarts all the plans of the Nestenes, including the lethal
use, under Nestene control, of a plastic flower. The Master, to save his
own life, helps the Doctor prevent the materialization of the Nestene
Monster. He then escapes to fight another day.
Doctor: Jon Pertwee
Jo Grant: Katy
Brig. Lethbridge-Stewart: Nicholas
Captain Yates: Richard Franklin
Sergeant Benton: John Levene
The Master: Roger
Museum Attendant: Dave
Prof. Phillips: Christopher
Radiotelescope Dir.: Frank
Time Lord: David
Rex Farrel: Michael
Mrs. Farrel: Barbara Leake
Farrel Sr: Stephen
Strong Man: Roy
Walsh, Pat Gorman
Auton Voice: Hayden
Telephone Man; Norman
Troll Doll: Tommy
Daffodil Men/Autons: Les Clarke, Bob
Blaine, Ian Elliott, Charles Pickless, Mike Stevens, Nick
Hobbs, Tom O'Leary
Script Editor: Terrence
Director: Barry Letts.
Make up: Jan Harrison.
Visual Effects: Michaeljohn
Music : Dudley
as "Doctor Who and
The Terror of The Autons" by Terrence
Dicks (0 426 11500 7) first published by Universal Tandem in
1975 with cover by Peter Brookes. New Edition by W. H. Allen (now Virgin
Publishing Ltd.) in 1979 with cover by Alun Hood. Target library
as "Terror of the Autons" in the UK (May 1994) and in
Australia & New Zealand (BBC catalogue #4957). US & Canada release
1995, (CBS/FOX catalogue #8254, reclassified as WHV #E1276). Cover art
by Alister Pearson.
is the first story in which the Master appears.
The Doctor reveals that his TARDIS uses a MKI dematerialisation circuit
while the Master's TARDIS uses the newer MKII.
The part of Jo Grant was awarded to Katy Manning, the other actresses
considered for the role included: Yutte Stensgaard, Anoushka Hemple, Skakira
Batsh and Julia Chambers
four episodes exist currently as both PAL D3/NTSC U-Matic color restorations
and 16mm black & white telerecordings.
recording in TC6. (23-24 September 1970)
recording in TC8. (9-10 September 1970)
St Peter's Court, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire.
Car Park, Church Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire.
Woods, Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire. (17
Queen's Wharf, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London, W6. (17
Brothers Circus, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London, E10. (18
Lime and Stone Quarry Co Ltd, , Totternhoe, Dunstable, Bedfordshire. (21
Relay Station, Zouches Farm, Caddington, Buckinghamshire.
Thermo Plastics Ltd, Luton Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
1 - In his very first scene, the Master manage
to click his fingers while wearing leather gloves?
1, 2 - The left-hand TARDIS door
is ajar for practically the entire story, and there are several shots
in the first two episodes where we can see completely inside the police
box, revealing all too clearly that it's just an empty shell.
1 - When the Master hypnotises
Jo in Farrell's office, he asks her who went to the radio telescope. Jo
replies "Myself, the Brigadier and the Doctor". What happened
to Mike Yates?
2 - Jon Pertwee steals Richard
Franklin's lines out from under him during the following exchange:
Yates: "But I understood that under hypnosis, it was impossible for..."
Doctor: "You thought that under hypnosis... [embarrassed pause] it
was impossible for a subject to be... [another pause] persuaded to do
anything that was against his nature?"
3 - As the Doctor and Jo run away
from the Auton policemen, Katy Manning can be seen to trip over, with
a loud "Ooof!".
3 - When Jo is attacked by the
killer doll, we see her jump up from the bench near the window and quickly
retreat towards the window. But as she later tells the Doctor, when the
doll attacked her she was on the phone – which is on the other side of
the room, near the door.
3 - After shooting the killer
doll, Mike Yates tells the Doctor that he went to "fetch some cocoa".
The Doctor's reply: "Fetch a tin of what?"