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 <>

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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 »


Followed by Auton 2: Sentinel (1998) See more »

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A turning point for British indie science fiction

It may not be the most original story in the world, this is essentially Alien in a warehouse, but Auton represents the next development for low budget Doctor Who spin offs.

The first in a trilogy, Nick Briggs and BBV have put together a quality cast and an intriguing story which goes beyond fan fiction and becomes a real independent film.

I urge all sci-fi fans in general to seek out this movie, then see the very impressive sequel.

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