Let's Do the Time Lord Again: 50 Best 'Doctor Who' Moments

As the new doctor hits American screens, travel back through the highlights of this classic British sci-fi show

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11. Debut of the Master

From: "Terror of the Autons"
Premiere: January 2, 1971

Making the most of a tricky situation – the Third Doctor, a dandy scientist played to a swashbuckling tee by Jon Pertwee, is abandoned on Earth by his Time Lord superiors – "Terror of the Autons" pits the Doctor and his new assistant, Jo Grant (Katy Manning), against alien invader the Nestene Consciousness and its synthetic soldiers, the Autons. Mannequins crashing through a storefront window in the Autons' 1970 debut, "Spearhead from Space," was among the most chilling scenes in the series, so much so that the gimmick was revisited in "Rose." Here, you also met the Master, a conniving renegade Time Lord played with menacing glee by Roger Delgado as the Moriarty to the Doctor's de facto Sherlock.

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