Channing is the main antagonist of the Doctor Who serial "Spearhead from Space", which was the first serial to feature the Third Doctor. He was a high-ranking Auton posing as a businessman who served the Nestene Consciousness.
Channing was an Auton henchman who led the attempted Auton attack on Earth. He had taken over an Auto Plastics factory and set it to build Autons into the products while getting rid of all the other employees. Channing was deactivated when the Third Doctor and Liz Shaw destroyed the Nestene Consciousness.