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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Auton 3: Awakening (1999)


Having returned to the mainland after the events on Sentinel Island (in Auton 2: Sentinel), Lockwood (Michael Wade) and Natasha Alexander (Jo Castleton) have gone on the run - knowing full well that both the Nestene and UNIT want to get hold of Lockwood because of what he has in his head.

It turns out that the giant creature from the climax of Auton 2 wasn't dispelled, but absorbed into Lockwood's mind.

Meanwhile, the Autons have taken over the Milhaven Psychiatric Hospital where the real Winslet is under care after the trauma he went through in the first film. This allows the Nestene to create a new duplicate of him to run the show, and lay the groundwork for their invasion.

In true Doctor Who style there's a lot of running about in this 54 minute movie, and a lot of bluff - and double bluff - as to whether people are duplicates or brainwashed slaves to the Nestene Consciousness.

In the three weeks since the Sentinel Island incident, computers around the world have been malfunctioning and UNIT places the blame squarely upon Lockwood.

The nature of his 'special abilities' is finally set out for us. He has an alien implant in his brain that allows him access to computer networks - kind of like the microchip in Gabriel Black's brain in Intelligence.

Top UNIT psychic Ross Palmer (Graeme du Fresne) - who we discover has a very disturbing relationship with Natasha - brings Dr Sally Arnold (Bryonie Pritchard) in on the hunt for Lockwood.

But can Palmer be trusted? Just whose side is Lockwood on anyway? What's Natasha up to?

The Nestene at the hospital plan to take control of Lockwood's implant so they can send a 'wake up call' to all the Nestene creatures lying dormant around the globe.

As an aside, Dr Sal's research has been used to develop a fantastic anti-Auton laser gun, which stands up as another example of surprisingly effective special effects for such a low budget production.

The giant octopus-like Nestene creature also makes a return appearance and is just as convincing this time round.

With a script by Nicholas Briggs (under the pen name Arthur Wallis) and Paul Ebbs, there's a lot of story squeezed into this short film.

As with the earlier two episodes, I'm not 100 per cent convinced it all makes sense. But taking the trilogy as a whole the central characters have great arcs, even if the material they are moving through doesn't always hold up to close scrutiny.

Lockwood remains the most interesting addition to the Whoniverse, and I'm sure there must be a niche canon of fan-fiction dedicated to expanding his backstory somewhere out there in the Interwebs.

The Auton trilogy also gives us a fascinating glimpse at a darker, modern UNIT (particularly when it addresses the key issue I had with the organisation's attitude to Lockwood), which certainly presages the UNIT seen in the nuWho era, and gives us a convincing link between the Classic Era and the one currently ensconced on TV.

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