- Hideous tentacled alien invaders who sought to conquer the
planet Earth on the "Spearhead from Space" episode of the
syndicated British sci-fi series DOCTOR WHO/BBC/1963-89.
Hailing from the planet Polymos, the Nestene entered Earth's atmosphere in 50 opaque spheres that were
filled with their alien life force.
Crash landing in a country
field, they were retrieved by an advanced scouting party which had
taken over a plastics factory that manufactured mannequins and
children's dolls. When the energy from the spheres was fed into a
regeneration tank, the Nestenes would take their true form and
begin conquest of the planet Earth.
Assisting them in their take
over were an army of plastic-faced robot mannequins known as
Autons. Incorporated into their plastic fingers were small
gun-like barrels which projected a gaseous bullet that could
vaporize its target. These robot warriors which had been stationed
all over their landing area broke free of their store front window
displays and began to exterminate all humans within their range.
further twist in the Nestene's plot for world domination included
controlling all the important people in political and military
offices. This was accomplished by manufacturing "Replicas", plastic
robotic humans sculpted to take the exact likeness of any person
they thought to copy. These Replicas were complete even down to
the memories of their original hosts.
Fortunately, the Nestene's
invasion plans were thwarted through the efforts of the Timelord
Doctor Who. The Nestenes had conquered thousands of planets in
their long history and would be seen again trying to take over the
planet Earth in future episodes of this British sci-fi series.
TRIVIA NOTE: The Nestene appeared on only two serials during the original
series run "Spearhead from Outer Space" (1970) and "Terror of the Autons"
(1971). They reappeared on
the revitalized DOCTOR WHO series episode "Rose" (2005).
The Nestenes also
appeared in: BBC Books Past Doctor Adventures: Synthespians;
Business Unusual; Doctor Who Magazine: Business
As Usual; and Plastic Millenium. The Autons make
a cameo in the short story anthology ST: Teach Yourself
Ballroom Dancing. The Nestene are mentioned on TOTALLY DOCTOR
WHO on the animated serial The Infinite Quest. See also - "Doctor
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