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This review is from: Doctor Who: Autonomy (Hardcover)
Another doctor who novel which tells an all new story for the doctor that has never been seen on tv. like all in this range it runs for 243 pages, features a spot on characterisation of the doctor, and can be read by readers of all ages.
Like all the recent ones in the range it features the doctor travelling on his own. possibly some time after the tv story planet of the dead as it makes reference to his decision to travel without a companion.
The book features a return for the nestene consciousness and the autons, last seen in the very first episode of the new tv version. An alien conciousness with an affinity for plastic, it can control plastic and bring it to life. usually in the form of humanoid figurines with guns in their hands.
here the doctor visits hyperville, a huge new shopping mall outside london. you can stay here for days as there's so much to do. He, an investigate journalist called kate, and a couple of teenagers are all caught up in things when mannequins come to life and a deadly plan reveals itself.
This initially begins by seeming to be pitched towards a slightly younger audience than usual, and the introduction of some of the supporting characters comes over as being slightly clumsy. But as a mix of pop culture references - characters include a top england footballer and his pop star wife, although they're new characters created especially for the book and not what you might think - sociological comment and good old fashioned monster fighting this does rather click as it goes along. And it can take the time to consider moral issues as well. the title of the book is more relevant than you might suspect.
All of which leads to a climax that is well paced and less of a runaround that in some of the novels. and one of the best speeches this doctor has ever made. whilst the final scene may seem cliched, it's nonetheless exactly the right way for it to end.
A decent and entertaining entry in the range