Yeah, for some reason someone(s) at the Beeb have an extraordinary interest in the Autons and/or the Nestene Consciousness. They chose that episode (of all episodes) to show for the 3rd Doctor, too.

I'd say "Dalek" was when the new series really started to hit its stride and show its potential.
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