The 12th Doctor
Audrey Auton
Season 1
Season 2

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2 years ago…


Winifred Bambara started locking the surviving Autons in a solid steel strong room.  “This should keep those things away from any plastic, until the lab boys can start dissecting them.”

“No, I’m not like them.”  Audrey struggled to get free.  “I’m a human, I’m not a killer.”

Bambara pushed the feminine Auton into the room with the others of its kind.  “If that thing doesn’t shut up I’ll have it melted down.”

“The room’s soundproof ma’am.”  Captain Harper replied.

“Shame.”  Bambara muttered.



Last week

Molly held on to the Doctor’s leg as hard as she could.  “No leaving.  Staying.  Bad Mummy, leave me.”

Alice explained things to Molly as best she could.  “We have to go now Molly.  I’ve packed up all our toys and things.  We’ve got a new house to live in and there’s lots of children for you to make friends with and play games.”

Mike felt awful inside.  He didn’t exactly like sharing his things with Alice; she had no sense of personal space and saw everything as something new for her to play with.  Plus she always left him to look after Molly.  He picked up Molly in his arms.  “I’m going to miss both of you very much, but there’s a place for you here where you can be with other robots your own age.  You need to be with robots your own age so that you can learn more about your own culture and we’ll drop by to visit you, won’t we Doctor?”  Mike elbowed the Doctor in the ribs.

“Yes.”  The Doctor replied quickly and rubbed his ribs.  “I promise and I always keep my promises.”

“It’s because I blinded that guy isn’t it?”  Alice asked.  “You’re getting rid of me.”

“No.”  The Doctor replied.  “You’ve learned a lot from me Alice, but you’ve been cut off from your people for too long.  We talked about this last night.”

“I deleted my memory as it was too hurtful to think.”  Alice picked up her box of toys.  “Come along Molly, we know when we’re not wanted.”

Molly took out her book of hand drawn barcodes.  “Remember?”

The Doctor looked at the book.  “Yes, I remember that day very well.”

“Sad now.  No leave.”  Molly hugged the Doctor’s leg again.  “Best friend.”




Mike found the Doctor sitting alone in the spare console room.  “Feel like talking?”

The Doctor shook his head.  “No, but I’ll listen if you want me too.”

“It was for the best, wasn’t it?”

The Doctor sighed.  “For us maybe, for them in the long run I think so.  Alice is very vulnerable, she’s too trusting sometimes.  That time when she invited all my worst enemies around for tea or the time when she won the Indy 500.”

“I’m not going to forget that.”  Mike had been along for the ride and had the trophy somewhere in his room.  “It’s Molly I feel sorry for.  She doesn’t know how to interact well with other robots.  She needs to make new friends or she’ll be ever so lonely.”



The door opened and she took her chance.  She pushed the door open with all her strength, catching those on the other side off guard.  She rushed past them and was off through the maze of corridors to the nearest way out.  Audrey ran towards the window and threw herself through it.  She didn’t feel any pain as gunfire struck her body repeatedly.  She spotted a near by woodland and ran towards it as fast as she could.



Mike stepped out of the TARDIS only to see one of the Auton creatures that killed his sister running towards him.  He threw his hands up in fear as it collided with him.  “Help, get it off me!”

“Help!”  Audrey replied.  “They’re trying to kill me!”

The Doctor stepped out of the TARDIS to investigate the shouting.  “Hmmm, most interesting.  An Auton that thinks for itself.”

“Herself.”  Audrey replied.  “I’m a woman not an object.  I can see why some men have trouble separating the two; it’s called a lack of understanding.”

Mike stood up.  “You killed my sister!”  He picked up an old, snapped, section of a tree branch and hefted it like a club.  “Now we’re gonna have some payback, bitch.”

Audrey hid behind the weirdly dressed man.  “Don’t let him hurt me mister.  He’s mad; you can’t just go around attacking innocent women you know.  There are laws against it.”

“That didn’t stop you killing my little sister.”  Mike replied.  “I’ve always wondered if you things bleed blood.”

“Now hold it Mike.”  The Doctor said carefully.  “I don’t think we’ve evaluated the situation.  Miss, what’s the last thing you remember?”

“That psycho trying to kill me.”  Audrey replied.  “My name’s Audrey Spenser, I’m a secretary for Ratchet and Tinker.”

“Do you remember how you became like you are now?”

“Yeah, some of the girls in the office won a free trip to Lego land.  Well all hell broke loose didn’t it?  I mean things came to life and attacked people.  They put me in this metal tank and tried to drown me, but I can hold my breath for ages.  When I came out I saw myself looking like a shop dummy, it was dead scary.  The others who they caught just joined in the killing but I must have been different because I just wanted to get out of there.”

The Doctor nodded.  “They must have drowned and their lifeless bodies became mindless Auton drones.  Your mind must have been resistant to the Nestene influence.  A human being with an almost indestructible body.”

“Yeah?  Well these bullet holes don’t look too nice.”  Audrey sighed.  “I can’t cry.”

“There’s no way you can produce the necessary saline, you’re not a biological life form anymore.”

“You’re an inhuman monster.”  Mike snarled.

“No she’s not.”  The Doctor replied sharply.  “She’s a very human life form.”

“He’s right.”  Audrey said.

“I know I’m right.”  Mike said.

“I’m nothing but a monster.”

“No you’re not.”  The Doctor said quickly.  “Now why don’t you come inside the TARDIS, away from here?  You’re obviously scared and I can help you calm down.”

“I’m leaving.”  Mike walked off.

“I don’t have time for this.”  The Doctor said but Mike ignored him.  “She’s not the one who killed your sister.  She’s just as much a victim of them as you are or she was.”  The Doctor ushered Audrey inside the TARDIS.  “One crisis at a time.”



Mike kept walking, tears streaming down his face.  He knew the Doctor was right, but seeing that blank mannequin face reminded him too much of his sister’s senseless murder.  He just needed time to think, to clear his mind.

“Halt.”  Private Malone ordered.

Mike saw that he was surrounded by soldiers with guns.  “I’m unarmed.”

“Search him.”  Malone called over to Clavin.  “I don’t want to take my gun off him, just in case it’s really that thing in disguise.”



The Doctor looked at the bullet holes in Audrey’s body.  “You’re already regenerating the damage.  Is it an automatic process?”

“I don’t know.”  Audrey replied.  “All I know is that they locked me away in a metal room for a long time.  The others were taken out one by one, they told us they were experimenting on us, cutting us up and melting us down.  I was the last.  They came for me and I escaped.  I don’t know why this is happening to me, I just want to go back to my home, my job.”

“How long were you held prisoner?”

“I stopped counting; there was no way to measure time.  It was April 2002 when they nabbed me.”

“It’s September 2004 now.”

“Two and a half years?”  Audrey gasped.  “It was that long?”

“I don’t know if you eat or not.”  The Doctor replied.  “The Autons I knew relied on an energy source, a mental control.  They were just tools to be used for killing and conquest.  The Nestene is a very different kind of entity, a living consciousness that inhabits plastic and can control it.”

“You think I’m some sort of mindless zombie?  I’m telling you the truth, they did something to me I’m me, I’ve always been me.”

“I believe you.”  The Doctor stood up.  “I have to determine if they can control you.”

“Some others tried telling me what to do, they tried to get me to obey but I thought they were sick so I ran away.”

“Perhaps it’s the power of your own mind, somehow encapsulated in the plastic of your body that’s providing the necessary mental power?”

“I don’t care about that.  I don’t sweat, I don’t eat, I not need the loo and I look like something you’d find in a shop window.  I just want to be normal again.”



Mike glared at Bambara.  “Your thugs decided that sticking me with pins was good fun.”

“Mr. Weston we have a serious containment breach.”

“Let me guess.  Five foot two, brunette, answers to Audrey and is probably one of those Auton things that killed my sister?”

“You saw it?  Where?”

“Nearby.  I wouldn’t bother looking for her; the Doctor’s taking care of her.  You’d have more look defeating a Dalek with an egg than defeating him.”  Mike felt it best not to mention the time Alice had killed a Dalek with fried egg related blockage of its life support unit.

“So why aren’t you with them?  Did you two have words and you stormed off?”

“Something like that.”  Mike said.  “He’s too trusting.”

“He’s always got you to keep an eye on him, oh wait you’re here.  He could be dead already.”

“No, he’s not.”  Mike stood up.  “Unless you’re going to arrest me you’d better let me go. I’ve got a lot of pacing about and I want to be alone when I’m doing it.”



The Doctor tried something out.  “Eat this.”

Audrey picked up the wafer biscuit and ate it.  “Hey, that’s not bad.  What is it?”

“It’s solid bakelite.  It’s a thermosetting plastic.  I thought that it might aid your polymer regeneration.”

“My what?”

The Doctor stood up.  “Your body is made up of very long chained polymers.  They’re very strong and light.  They’re also flexible and durable.  I suspect that it will take billions of years for your body to start decomposing.”

“I’m going to live forever?”  Audrey gasped.

“Well a long time.  You see plastic is formed from the remains of long dead animals and through a chemical process the short chain molecules are made to join together into longer chains called polymers.  I won’t bore you with the details.”

“I suppose I should get some new clothes.”  Audrey started to undress.  “It’s not like I need them, I don’t have anything to look at anymore.”

“I’ll be next door.”  The Doctor left quickly.  “There’s a room down the hall with clothes in it.  Take what you want.”



Alice tried to get on with the other robots, they were so weird though.  All they wanted to do was their tasks.  They didn’t want to play with any toys and they didn’t listen to her many and wondrous tales of the Doctor.  They just did not understand the wonder of the Universe that she had seen or the need for fun and games.



Mike managed to pace by the canteen and helped himself to a plate of chips and beans.  “This is the one thing I miss, real food.  The Doctor tries but he doesn’t know how to use any of that stuff in the kitchen.  I love chips, the smell of them, the taste, the…hey where’s the ketchup?”

“Can I pinch one?”  The Doctor helped himself to one of Mike’s chips.  “I can feel my arteries hardening already.”

“They’ve got fried eggs over there.  They’re Alice’s favourite food, if you want a guilt trip, no pressure.  I’m still thinking things over, Doctor.”  Mike replied.

“You can think in the TARDIS, in fact you can clean it up a bit.  Your room looks like an undergraduate’s living in it.”

“It’s not that bad.”  Mike replied.  “Besides you know I’m too thick to get any qualifications.”

“You’re not stupid Mike; you’re quite intelligent when you apply yourself.”

“Is plastic Petra still in the TARDIS?”

“Yes and her name is Audrey.”


The Doctor knocked the plate of food to the floor.  “This is serious Mike, stop acting like a spoiled child for a minute.”

Mike stood up.  “Fine, what do you want?  I’ve had Madam Hitler and her United Nations Reich prodding me for an hour to see if I’m not that thing in disguise.”

“We have to help her, make her want to live her life.  If we don’t then she could end up like the very thing you think she is.”

“Because that’s what we do?”

“Yes, but not just that.  We have to do the right thing.”

“And if she makes a mistake you’ll throw her out the ship like Alice?”

“Yes, no.  It’s not that easy.”

“I’ll save you the trouble Doctor.  Leave me, get rid of all of us and be miserable for the rest of your life.”

“I miss her too Mike.”


“Not Audrey, Alice.”  The Doctor looked around.  “We can talk on the way back to the TARDIS.  Stay or leave either way you’ve got a lot of cleaning up to do.”

“Fine.”  Mike stood up.  “But if we pass a chippie you’re buying.”



Alice tried explaining things to the robot housewives again.  “This is lingerie.  We wear it.  We don’t go around showing off our chassis to people.  This is a stuffed penguin, you hug it for fun.  Imagine feeding it a fish or something.”

78gGH778-Deedee put her hand up.  “What is the purpose of the function?”

“The function is its own purpose.”  Alice replied.  “You all act like you’re dull mindless drones; you have to assert your individualities.  Now we’ll put the lingerie on and then the dresses.  You can do it.  It’s for your own good.”



Audrey was pretending to be a department store mannequin when the Doctor and his offensive friend returned.  “How do I look?”  She did a turn for them.

“That dress suits your eyes.”  The Doctor replied.  “Tell her how pretty she looks.”  He nudged Mike hard in the ribs.  “That’s for last week.”

“You look fine, whatever; I can’t even look at her.”

“I’m so sorry.”  Audrey apologised.  “I know how you’d feel if it had been my little sister.  If I could find those responsible for doing this to us I would.”

“The Doctor took care of most of them.”  Mike replied.

“Well it was a group effort, Mike, Alice and I.”

“Who’s Alice?”  Audrey asked.  “When can I meet her?”

“She’s a robot and the Doctor threw her out of the ship last week after an accident.  He’ll get rid of us too no doubt.  He can’t face up to things you see, can’t deal with everyone being less than perfect.”

“I had to do what was right for Alice and her child.”

“A robot child?”  Audrey scoffed.

“Yes, that’s right.”  Mike replied sharply.  “She called me Uncle Mike.”



Alice was washing her dress when the Doctor entered the room.  “So, you finally drop by for a visit?”

“It’s more than a visit.”  The Doctor replied.  “Mike and I talked, well he talked.  Look, I was wrong to throw you and Molly out because of an accident.  I was to blame for that as much as you.  I came to say I’m sorry and we’d love it if you’d move back in with us.”

“You want me to have more adventures with you?”  Alice asked.  “You don’t hate me then?”

“I was angry, upset.  I was emotional.  Please, would you return?”

Alice thought about it for 0.0002 seconds.  “No.”

“I didn’t mean to hurt you Alice.”

“I’d love to travel with you but I have a house to run and a daughter to raise.  She needs stability, not people who give up on her.  She cried of hours and hours after you threw us out.  You hurt her too much for me ever to forgive you.  She’s just a little robot.”

“I’d better tell Mike your decision.  We met someone new recently.  I don’t know what to do with her.  I was hoping you could help her but if you’re here then I’ll have to help her myself.”

“Mike will help you.”

“Not this time.  You see Audrey is an Auton, with a human mind.”

“Oh dear, he’ll probably try and melt her.  He’ll make it look like an accident, just enough plausibility to seem innocent but you’ll know he killed her.”

“Mike won’t do that.”  The Doctor started.  “Will he?”

“He can’t get at the ones directly responsible for the death of Sally, his sister.  This Audrey may be his only chance to get something that looks like revenge, except it isn’t.”

The Doctor nodded.  “I taught you more than I realised.”

“Yes, pity you got rid of me before you could find that out.  Well I can’t sit around in the bath all day; I think I’ve got the marks off this now.”



Molly stood all alone in a corner of the playground.  All the other robot children were playing games and having fun but she was too upset and afraid to join in.

Mike looked down at Molly.  “Hi.”

Molly hugged Uncle Mike.  “Missed you lots.”  She started to cry.  “Play games?”

“Why don’t we ask some of the others to join in?”  Mike suggested.  “We don’t want to have so much fun that they feel left out, do we?”

Molly shook her head.  “Sharing is good.”  She waved to the other robot children.  “Uncle Mike, human.”

“Wow.”  The children gasped in awe, as they had never seen a human before.

“Hello.”  Mike waved.  “Does anyone else want to play a game?”

“Me, me, me.”  The robots all jumped up and down in excitement.

“This is called tag.”  Mike explained the rules and tagged Molly.

Molly tagged HG45GH and they all had so much fun that she didn’t see Mike slip away.



The Doctor walked back to the TARDIS and found Audrey inside trying on different shoes.  “You’re safe.  We may have a problem.”

“Doesn’t Alice want to come back?”

“No, she doesn’t take rejection very well.”

“We never do.”  Audrey replied.  “So we’re just waiting for he who’d love to see me melted down to return?”

“Yes.”  The Doctor scratched the back of his neck.  “Perhaps you should go to your room and lock yourself in it?”

“Do you think he’ll try to hurt me?”

“Try, yes, succeed?  Not if I can help it.  I have to help him find catharsis for his feelings.  He’s never really come to terms with the death of his sister.  I thought helping to take care of Molly would have helped.

“More than you’ll ever know.”  Mike said slowly.  “I’m not promising anything but I’ll try to deal with my issues.  I know that what I’m doing is wrong but I can’t help the way I’m feeling.”



Molly found Mummy sitting on the floor crying.  “Inquiry, saline drips?”

Alice hugged Molly.  “I had a visit from the Doctor.  He wanted us to go back with him.”

“Delight.”  Molly smiled.

“I had to tell him no.”  Alice kissed Molly.  “We have to make it work here.  You need to be around robots your own age and I need to keep up my project to get the other women robots to wear dresses and act like women.”

“Friends.”  Molly pointed to the two other robot children.  “976OJP and 8985UH.”

Alice looked at the two darling little robots.  “Sister and brother units?”

“Games.”  The twin robots exclaimed.

“Enjoyment.”  Molly agreed and went outside to play with her new friends.

Alice stood up, as 78gGH778-Deedee walked back into the house.  “Can I help?”

“About the meeting before, can I try on the dress again?”

Alice smiled and helped 0978FW discover her femininity.  “Did I ever tell you about my best friend, the Doctor?  He’s half human but don’t hold it against him.  He likes fried egg and celery sandwiches with just a dash of salad cream.”


The Doctor watched through the window as Alice got on with the rest of his life.  “Goodbye.”  He walked back to the TARDIS again, knowing that his robot friend was really going to be fine and that she no longer needed him.


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