This week we’ll be crossing the time streams and discussing the first episode of the 1970 seventh season of Classic Doctor Who “Spearhead from Space”.
The Doctor returns to Earth along with a swarm of plastic meteorites which carry inside of them energy to power the Nestene Consciousness. The Nestene is an entity which can animate plastic, and takes over a toy factory as part of a larger plan to infiltrate the world’s governments with plastic replicas of their leaders. Meanwhile they’ve created an army of Autons to terrorize the public and take out its enemies.
The Doctor works with new Companion Liz Shaw and returning Brigadier Alistair Lethbridge-Stewart to unravel the plot before it’s too late. Since the Autons are not taken out by guns, the heroes develop a special weapon that emits a high frequency signal which breaks the link between the Autons and the Nestene Consciousness.
There is a struggle between the Doctor and the Nestene Consciousness’ tentacles after they discover their secret weapon doesn’t affect it. Fortunately Liz re-calibrates it to a new frequency which DOES work, just in the nick of time.
And in all of this chaos you’ll be as confused as the Doctor when he asks, “Dude, where’s my shoes?”