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Type: Living plastic automatons
Created by: Nestenes

The Autons were metamorphic android robots, artificial life forms that were essentially life sized plastic dummies, animated by the Nestene Consciousness. Though they are not the only creations of the Nestene Consciousness, they were the most common and the most easily identifiable.

Auton firearm. (DW: Rose)


Appearance and Abilities

The typical Auton did not look particularly realistic, resembling a mannequin, being robotic in its movements and mute, although an Auton leader could speak in a robotic voice. (DW: Terror of the Autons) Despite their solid appearance, Autons could change the shape of their features and limbs. (DW: Rose) Autons concealed deadly weapons within their hands, which could kill or vapourize their targets using psychic projections. They were also excellent trackers, as they could follow other creatures by their brain-wave patterns. (PDA: Synthespians™)

More sophisticated Autons could be created, which looked and acted Human except for a slight sheen to the skin and a flat sounding voice. Autons could also copy specific individuals, though these copies were imperfect. When duplicated, the originals were kept alive to maintain the copy. A copy of Channing was maintained by the Nestenes' affair during their first attempted invasion of Earth. (DW: Spearhead from Space) Mickey Smith was also copied by the Nestene to act as an information gather on the affairs of the Doctor. (DW: Rose)


During the first attack on the Earth by the Nestene Consciousness, the invasion was co-ordinated by a Swarm Leader known as Channing. Taking over a plastics factory, Channing arranged for standard Autons to be mass-manufactured and placed in shops across Britain. Channing also obtained a contract from Madame Tussaud's to make plastic "waxworks" of key members of government and the military. The attack was co-ordinated first thing in the morning, when the Autons broke out of shops to attack key strategic positions whilst the facsimiles helped soften resistance. Unfortunately for the Autons, the the Doctor and the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce had detected their base and rigged a device capable of destroying both Autons and the Nestene. (DW: Spearhead from Space)

Some months later, the Nestene made an alliance with the Master. Although the Nestene did use standard Autons for this operation, the assault relied on deadly plastic daffodils, but was again foiled by the Third Doctor and UNIT. (DW: Terror of the Autons)

An Auton facsimile of Mickey Smith. (DW: Rose)

After the Nestene's protein planets were destroyed during the Last Great Time War, it arrived in 21st century London and used standard Autons to conquer the planet. When the Doctor came to investigate, it sent Autons to try to stop him. When Rose Tyler got in the way, it also sent an Auton impersonator of her boyfriend Mickey Smith to try to find out more. The Doctor was able to use the Auton's head to track down and confront the Nestene Consciousness. When the Nestene realized it was in danger, it activated the Autons to cause them to go on a rampage. When the Nestene was killed with anti-plastic, the Autons were deactivated. (DW: Rose, Love & Monsters)

The Nestene also used Autons when they attempted to take over the New Earth Republic in the 101st century. They used both standard and facsimile versions. (PDA: Synthespians™)


See also

Aliens and Enemies of Season 7
Spearhead from Space: Nestene Consciousness  • Autons  • Channing Doctor Who and the Silurians: Silurians  • Old Silurian  • Young Silurian The Ambassadors of Death: Alien Ambassadors  • General Carrington  • James Quinlan  • Bruno Taltalian  • Reegan Inferno: Primords  • Brigade Leader Lethbridge-Stewart  • Stahlman
Aliens and Enemies of Season 8
Overall: The Master
Terror of the Autons: Nestene Consciousness  • Autons  • Luigi Rossini  • George Philips  • Rex Farrel  • Time Lord The Mind of Evil: Keller Machine  • Harry Mailer  • Chin Lee  • George Patrick Barnham  • Lenny Vosper  • Charlie  • Fuller The Claws of Axos: Axos Colony in Space: Captain Dent  • IMC robot  • Uxarieans  • Norton  • Morgan  • Time Lords  • Rogers  • Allen  • Long The Dæmons: Azal  • Bok  • Dæmons
Aliens and Enemies of Series 1
Rose: Nestene Consciousness  • Autons  • Mickey Auton The End of the World: Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17  • Forest of Cheem  • Adherents of the Repeated Meme  • Metal spiders  • Surgeons  • Crespallion  • Face of Boe  • Moxx of Balhoon  • Ambassadors from the City State of Binding Light  • Mr and Mrs Pacoo  • Hop Pyleen  • Cal MacNannovich  • Scholars of the University of Rago Rago 56 Rago The Unquiet Dead: Gelth  • Peace  • Redpath  • Gabriel Sneed Aliens of London/World War Three: Slitheen family  • Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen  • Jocrassa Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen  • Sip Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen  • Space Pig Dalek: Dalek  • Henry van Statten The Long Game: Mighty Jagrafess of the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe  • The Editor  • Automated Corpses Father's Day: Reapers The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances: Empty Child plague  • Nanogenes Boom Town: Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways: Daleks  • Dalek Emperor  • Guard Daleks  • Anne Droid  • Trine-E  • Zu-Zana  • Davinadroid  • Rodrick
Aliens and Enemies of Series 2
The Christmas Invasion: Sycorax  • Fadros Pallujikaa  • Roboforms  • Roboform Christmas Tree
Attack of the Graske: Graske  • Changelings  • Slitheen family  • Zygon
New Earth: Cassandra O'Brien.Δ17  • Chip  • Sisters of Plenitude  • Face of Boe  • New Humans  • Casp  • Jatt Tooth and Claw: Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform  • Brethren  • Angelo School Reunion: Krillitanes  • Lassar  • Wagner  • Jackson The Girl in the Fireplace: Clockwork Droids Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel: Cybermen  • John Lumic/Cyber-Controller  • Crane The Idiot's Lantern: The Wire  • Magpie The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit: The Beast  • Ood  • Tobias Zed  • Seven Gamma Seven Love & Monsters: Abzorbaloff  • Hoix  • Autons Fear Her: Isolus  • Mr Webber  • Scribble Monster Army of Ghosts/Doomsday: Daleks  • Cult of Skaro  • Dalek Sec  • Dalek Caan  • Dalek Thay  • Dalek Jast  • Cybermen  • Cyber-Leader  • Adeola Oshodi  • Gareth Evans  • Matt Crane  • Flying Stingrays

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