a real world point of view
|Main setting:||UNIT storage facility, Earth|
|Format:||57 minute, VHS|
|none||Auton 2: Sentinel|
The United Nations Intelligence Taskforce was set up to tackle human contact with the extraterrestrial and paranormal - especially when that contact proved dangerous. But when the battles were over, when the top-secret 'clean ups' were completed, where was all the alien technology taken?
The Warehouse... UNIT's highly classified storage and research establishment. Here lie the dead, forgotten relics of past battles and encounters.
But what happens when one of these relics is reactivated?
UNIT has only one way of dealing with its mistakes. The Containment Team has been summoned... and the outcome is far from certain...
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- Lockwood - Michael Wade
- Dr. Sally Arnold - Bryonie Pritchard
- Graham Winslet - George Telfer
- Dr. Daniel Matthews - Reece Shearsmith
- Sergeant Ramsay - Andrew Fettes
- Janice - Verona Chard
- UNIT Soldiers - Roy Hughes, Gabriel Mykaj, Mike Parry, David Ringwood, Richard Smith
- Autons - John Ainsworth, Gareth Baggs, Blaine Coughlan, David Ringwood
Production crew Edit
- First Assistant Director - Ben Hicklin
- Production Manager - Annalesa Hunt
- Second Assistants Blaine Coughlan, Samantha Hardman
- Technical Engineer - Rob Belton
- Military Advisor and Visual Effects Supervisor - Gabriel Mykaj
- Military Costume Designer - Elisabeth Mykaj
- Special Props designed and constructed by - David Brian
- Make-up Designer - Zoë Randall
- Assistant - Cath Rayner
- Sound Recordist - Ray Turner
- Assistant - Darko Mocilnikar
- Lighting Cameraman - Andy Bell
- Assistant - Simon Alderdice
- Scenic Design - David Rowston
- Assistant - Gareth Baggs
- Music and Sound Design - Alistair Lock
- Editor - Bill Baggs
- Producer - Bill Baggs
- Director - Nicholas Briggs
- UNIT headquarters is in Geneva. UNIT also owns several deep space satellites, one of which is the most powerful such satellite yet developed.
- Lockwood is the head of a UNIT containment team.
- Lockwood uses the call sign Greyhound Leader, which is usually used by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
- UNIT's containment teams are for dealing with (extra-terrestrial) contamination risks. A risk of contamination is afforded a Code 7 categorisation - UNIT automatically prepares the death certificates of any personnel involved in advance, as a precaution.
- Ramsay uses the call sign Greyhound One when requesting back up.
- When Lockwood examines the Doctor's UHF transmitter, he refers to UNIT's scientific adviser as "Dr. John Smith".
Story notes Edit
- Nicholas Briggs originally planned for this story to feature Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, but Courtney had to drop out at the last minute due to health issues. The character of Lockwood was created to replace the Brigadier.
- The crates containing the other energy unit and the Autons are coded AAA/RH/2961 (AAA is the story code for Spearhead from Space and RH is the initials of Robert Holmes, the creator of the Autons).
- In the credits it states:
- "We gratefully acknowledge the co-operation of Dr M K Thompson and Shirley Thompson"
- "Thanks to Vetrepharm Ltd for their help in this production"
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Filming Locations Edit
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Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors Edit
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- The Doctor's UHF transmitter from TV: Spearhead from Space makes an appearance. This story is very much a sequel to Spearhead from Space.
- The Autons first appeared in TV: Spearhead from Space. This story is set thirty years after TV: Terror of the Autons. The Autons appear again in HOMEVID: Auton 2: Sentinel and Auton 3: Awakening. Following this, their next on-screen appearance is in TV: Rose.
DVD and Video releases Edit
- Released on Video in 1997 by BBV Productions.
- Released on DVD as a double sided DVD for PAL and NTSC formats. DVD Authoring by MERV STATION. DVD release included:
- Detailed synopsis of Auton at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Auton at The Whoniverse