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SIX MONTHS BEFORE THEIR MAIN STRIKE, THE Nestenes discreetly commence their first attempted invasion of Earth by sending five or six meteorites to land in Oxley Woods, an area of Epping on the north-eastern outskirts of London. A second salvo of some 50 meteorites subsequently lands in the same area. They arrive in a column of thin, superheated air, 20 miles in diameter, which causes a localised and unexpected heatwave on the night of their arrival.

The meteorites are Nestene energy units: hollow, glowing, plastic spheres, each containing a constituent of the Nestene collective intelligence. The Nestenes have an affinity for plastic, and during their six-month preparation they fashion a replica human being. Under the control of the Nestenes, the facsimile, Channing, subjugates George Hibbert, the director of Auto Plastics, a company hitherto specialising in the manufacture of children’s dolls.

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This essential guide celebrates Doctor Who’s most renowned invasion episodes. Interviewees include Anna Barry (Day of the Daleks), Ray Brooks (Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.), Johnny Byrne (Warriors of the Deep), Michael Ferguson (The Seeds of Death), Peter Harness (The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion), Douglas Mackinnon (Flatline), Victor Pemberton (Fury from the Deep), Toby Whithouse (The Vampires of Venice) and Jon Davey (Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel). Plus, there are rare images, a tribute to Nicholas Courtney, Terry Nation’s original storyline for The Dalek Invasion of Earth, details of Jon Pertwee's unmade story The Spare-Part People and much more!