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Terror of the Autons: Episode Four 

The Doctor discovers the plastic daffodils are designed to fire a spray that asphyxiates people, causing havoc prior to the Nestene's arrival, but before he can alert anyone he and Jo are captured by the Master.

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Barry Letts (uncredited)

Writer:

Robert Holmes (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jon Pertwee ... Dr. Who
Nicholas Courtney ... Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart
Roger Delgado ... The Master
Katy Manning ... Jo Grant
Richard Franklin ... Captain Mike Yates
John Levene ... Sergeant Benton
Michael Wisher ... Rex Farrel
Pat Gorman ... Auton Leader
Hayden Jones Hayden Jones ... Auton Voice (voice) (as Haydn Jones)
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The Doctor discovers the plastic daffodils are designed to fire a spray that asphyxiates people, causing havoc prior to the Nestene's arrival, but before he can alert anyone he and Jo are captured by the Master.

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Quotes

Jo Grant: [about the Master] And now he's stuck here on Earth.
Doctor Who: Yes, I'm afraid so.
Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart: Think he'll turn up again, Doctor?
Doctor Who: Mmm, bound to.
Jo Grant: You don't seem very worried about it.
Doctor Who: I'm not. As a matter of fact, Jo, I'm rather looking forward to it.
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An abrupt, but action packed conclusion.
23 February 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The Doctor discovers the sinister purpose of the plastic daffodils, they each shoot out a very nasty plastic gag, designed to asphyxiate the unsuspecting victim. With The Earth a state of panic, the Autons will invade.

I often wonder if this would have worked better as a six part story, we have three episodes of Terror, with wonderful build up, it feels as though they rushed through this final part a bit. Nevertheless it is action packed, there are lots of explosive scenes, Delgado and Pertwee work very well together, bringing out the very best in one another.

The Master has been a wonderful addition, as has Jo Grant, both bring a real sense of unpredictability, something we had perhaps gotten with Liz Shaw.

Overall the story is great, with lots of great moments of horror, that element was the only thing missing in this episode. 7/10


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1971 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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