In a top-secret UNIT warehouse Dr Sally Arnold is studying a Nestene energy unit with little success. Until she subjects it to cosmic signals that activate it and it awakens several dormant Autons stored in the facility.

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At a top-secret UNIT facility Dr Sally Arnold is studying an alien artifact, a Nestene energy unit. It is unresponsive until, as a last resort, she feeds into it a cosmic signal from UNIT's most powerful deep space scanning satellite. This causes a violent release of energy that kills her assistant Janice. The energy unit has vanished, however it is not gone. The energy unit has made a replica of the warehouse's senior archivist Graham Winslet. A UNIT containment team led by the mysterious Lockwood is dispatched to the warehouse - but this storage facility soon turns into a battlefield as several dormant Autons stored there are reactivated. Can UNIT stop them? Could there be something of use to them stored in the warehouse? Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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Actor Nicholas Courtney was originally cast in the lead, to reprise his old Doctor Who (1963) role as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, but he fell ill prior to filming, forcing writer Nicholas Briggs to rewrite the part for a new character, Lockwood. See more »

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Doctor Who Spin off
3 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What does U.N.I.T. do when Doctor Who is not around? According to the Who series, U.N.I.T. has been around since at least the 1970's, is staffed by heavily armed members of the international militarizes and has a headquarters in Geneva along with bases all over the world. This short series focuses on one incidence, a breakout of a new Auton nest on Earth, repelled by a special U.N.I.T. scientific response team and soldiers.

These shows provided a solid premise for series that was never to be. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the "deep history" of the Doctor Who universe.


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