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Auton (1997)

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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.

Director:

Nicholas Briggs

Writers:

Nicholas Briggs, Robert Holmes (character: "The Autons")
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Wade Michael Wade ... Lockwood
Bryonie Pritchard Bryonie Pritchard ... Dr Sally Arnold
George Telfer George Telfer ... Winslet
Reece Shearsmith ... Dr Daniel Matthews
Verona Chard Verona Chard ... Janice
Andrew Fettes Andrew Fettes ... Sergeant Ramsay
Roy Hughes Roy Hughes ... Soldier
Gabriel Mykaj Gabriel Mykaj ... Soldier
Mike Parry Mike Parry ... Soldier
David Ringwood David Ringwood ... Auton
Richard Smith Richard Smith ... Soldier
John Ainsworth John Ainsworth ... Auton
Gareth Baggs Gareth Baggs ... Auton
Blaine Coughlan Blaine Coughlan ... Auton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keith Brooks Keith Brooks ... Soldier
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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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In deep space, history is waiting to return... (original UK VHS release January 1997) See more »

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Language:

English

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One of the many unofficial spin off movies from the BBC TV show "Doctor who", created using a contract loophole which allowed production companies to license characters directly from their creators. See more »

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Spun-off from Doctor Who (1963) See more »

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A turning point for British indie science fiction
20 June 2001 | by FILMJUNKY2000See all my reviews

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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