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on 26 September 2014
In earlier Doctor Who stories, the Autons, and the Nestene Consciousness, have always exuded an aura of horror - how do you stop beings made of what appears to be plastic, and how do you stop a totally amoral conscious being who wants nothing other than control and your destruction? But the Doctor has always managed to halt their advances.
Now, the Tenth Doctor finds himself in a futuristic shopping mall complex - where an entire life experience is promised, not just shopping - and there appears to be an Auton presence. That much is fairly obvious, both from the cover of the book, and from the action pretty much right from the start. But does that same sense of awe and horror still pervade the story? Well ... no, not really. One dimensional characters, rather silly plotting, and the Doctor being more manic than usual do not a good story make. Pity, really - the Autons offer promise in their entire premise, but this book just does not live up to that premise.