Serial: EEE  Episode Nos. 279, 280, 281, and 282..  Title: Terror of the Autons

 

The last surviving Nestene energy unit is stolen by the Master, a rival Time Lord and the Doctor's

greatest adversary. He acts as the Nestene's new agent on Earth to prepare the way for a second

invasion attempt, once again using the killer Auton plastic robots as well as other devices of his

own design.  The question is, can the Doctor and UNIT track him down and stop his plans in

time to save the world?

 

This story sees the debut of the Doctor's archenemy the Master, played by Roger Delgago

It also marks the debut of  aty Manning as Jo Grant and Richard Franklin as Captain Yates.

 

starring Jon Pertwee as Doctor Who, Roger Delgado as the Master, Nicholas Courtney as

Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Katy Manning as Jo Grant, Richard Franklin as Captain Yates,

and John Levene as Sergeant Benton..

 

Written by Robert Holmes, Produced and Directed by Barry Letts..

Originally transmitted from 2 January 1971 to 23 January 1971 on BBC1.

DVD FEATURES:

- All 4 episodes of the story, digitally remastered and restored.

- Graphical menus, episode and scene selection features, and subtitles for

   the hearing impaired.

- Optional commentary track by actors Katy Manning and Nicholas Courtney, and

            producer/director Barry Letts.  (This was recorded several years ago, and since

            then Courtney and Letts have sadly passed away.)

- Information Text subtitles option.  Displays pop-up production trivia throughout

   the story.

“Life on Earth  A 34-minute featurette about this era of the series that saw the Doctor

      exiled to Earth, which compares and contrasts this with the approach the new series

            took when bringing the series back to TV in recent years.  Features interviews with

            producer/director Barry Letts, script editor Terrance Dicks, actors Jon Pertwee,

            Katy Manning, and Richard Franklin, and new series producer Phil Collinson.

- “The Doctor’s Moriarty  A 19-minute featurette about the introduction of the Master

            to the series here as well as an overview of his subsequent appearances.  Features

            Barry Letts, Terrance Dicks, Katy Manning, script editor Christopher H. Bidmead,

            and new series-era writers Robert Shearman and Joseph Lidster.

- “Plastic Fantastic  An 11-minute featurette about the history and advance of plastic into

            daily life and how easily that can be turned to horrific effect as in this story.

- Photo Gallery,  9 minutes of still photos taken during the production.

- PDF Materials: the Radio Times listings, and also two more files each containing the

            1971 promotional Doctor Who materials used by Nestle for a series of chocolate

            bars and Kellogg’s with Sugar Smacks.

- Coming Soon Trailer for the forthcoming DVD of Frontios.