An Auton bursts through plate glass, dressed like Leslie Phillips after a bath -
his awful, empty eyes scan a bus queue
facsimile fingers flip and shoot out sudden, searing death -
they won’t get the number 47 now
their tea will go uneaten
Fear the Auton, and make it dead again
but do not hate this plastic puppet
for the violence is not of his volition
this mayhem is not his mess
It is the Nestene Consciousness.
'Auton' from 'The Doctor Is Dead' by Malcolm Douglas, Tangent Books, 1974.
Music by Dudley Simpson.