Return of the Autons


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Regular Cast

Katy Manning (Jo Jones), Stewart Bevan (Clifford Jones), John Hogg (Auton Performer)


Written by Pete McTighe
Directed by Pete McTighe
Produced by TBA


In Jo and Cliff’s home, they’re accosted by Autons – but Jo saves the day.

Cliff returns to his and Jo’s home with a plastic daffodil, and upon entering the kitchen, Jo tells Cliff that the twins, who have formed an electro hip-hop band, are going to be showing a demo over Zoom. Cliff tells Jo about the daffodil, and while he is more concerned about its impact on the planet, Jo knows the darker secret. Jo has a flashback to a previous attack by the Autons, and she races outside, Cliff following. On the road, they see a squad of Autons menacing fowards. Cliff asks if they’re aliens, and Jo confirms. One Auton opens fire, and Jo and Cliff run.

As Jo stands outside, pleased with herself, Cliff tells her that UNIT put him on hold. She tells him not to worry, as she’s sorted them out. Cliff looks and all of the incapacitated Autons, and he asks her how she did it. Clutching an iPhone, Jo tells him that she “jammed the Nestene radio signal with a concentrated blast of music on the exact same wavelength”.


  • Jo is using an ASUS VivoBook laptop.
  • There is a picture of Jo and the Third Doctor hung on the wall.
  • There is a box of Quality Street chocolates on the table.
  • Cliff mentions that the Autons are wearing carnival masks.
  • Jo and Cliff have iPhones.
  • This was the first of Pete McTighe’s minisodes released in conjunction with The Collection to have its title included in the credits, but only on the Version included on the Season 8 Blu-ray.
  • The story is a sequel to Terror of the Autons.
  • This is the second webcast for the promotion of the Collection to feature Katy Manning as Jo Jones and Stewart Bevan as Clifford Jones. The first was Jo Grant Returns.
  • Pete McTighe confirmed he wrote and directed the trailer via his Twitter feed.[1]
  • This was Stewart Bevan’s last appearance as Clifford Jones and the final performance of his career.


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