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Doctor Who: Autonomy (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #35)

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Hyperville is 2013's top hi-tech 24-hour entertainment complex - a sprawling palace of fun under one massive roof. You can go shopping, or experience the excitement of Doomcastle, WinterZone, or Wild West World. But things are about to get a lot more exciting - and dangerous...

What unspeakable horror is lurking on Level Zero of Hyperville? And what will happen when the ent
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published September 3rd 2009 by BBC Books
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Aug 03, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it
The year is 2013 and Hyperville, a cross between Disneyland and a vast shopping mall is every ones idea of the perfect getaway location. You can visit the entertainment zones like Wild West World and Doomcastle, shop at the latest designer stores and be back in time for tea without leaving the complex. But all is not right in the world of consumer heaven. After all this is a Doctor Who story.

Autonomy is well written and a very enjoyable read. Daniel has managed to capture the essence of David Te
Autonomy was a superior Who story, with many strengths and a few minor weaknesses. I know my opinion doesn't gel with a lot of reviews for Nu-Who novels, but I have not read one yet that I haven't enjoyed. This is, in part, a result of my almost exclusive focus on 10th Doctor adventures with no companions. Tennant, thanks to his highly idiosyncratic turn as the 10th Doctor, makes the character an easy one to translate to print and retain his recognizable qualities. The real strength of this pa ...more
I'm not sure that I gave this book a completely fair hearing. It kept me occupied while running a number of tedious or stressful errands, which was great, but probably meant that I didn't give it my full attention. This might account for the slightly mixed feelings I had about it.

On a scene-by-scene level, this is one of the most joyously fun 10th Doctor novels I've come across in a while. Blythe really captures the 10th Doctor at his most oddball and manic. There's wit, there's humour, and the
May 31, 2010 Meagan rated it it was amazing
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Nov 24, 2014 Christina rated it it was ok
Something wasn't quite working for me with this. I never really felt like the Doctor's personality as ten was captured. Most of the time he felt a bit more generic - a bit more nine, a bit of ten. A few things seem to come right from tv episodes. Good premise, but didn't come together for me.
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This book took me a little over two weeks to read, but it felt longer. I didn't enjoy it much. It wasn't completely terrible, but I found it a bit boring.

The story takes place in 2013, actually, so it's a bit strange in that way, since it was written in 2009. You only realise how many things can happen in 4 years when reading something like this. It happens in a super-mall, which actually didn't sound so bad. It's an environment that I know well, since I work above a mall, and spend a lot of tim
Nov 28, 2012 Rebekka rated it really liked it
Not the best Doctor Who book as some of the typical Doctor-stuff is missing and the story isn't as fast as it should be. But it is entertaining, the Doctor is brilliant once again and the story is - as always - a new and fascinating one.
Mar 28, 2011 Kevin rated it liked it
That darn Nestene Consciousness... always makin' trouble :)

Decent story. I mean, who doesn't like a tale about The Doctor taking down some murderous mannequins (homicidal homunculi)?
Jan 27, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it
All I want to do anymore is read (listen to) Doctor Who books.

This one was narrated by Georgia Moffett, Tennant's wife (also Jenny). I wasn't expecting very much but was extremely pleased with the result. Her reading was engaging and I loved all the different voices and accents she used. Her impression of Tennant was spot on. I only hope she mimics him in real life to his face because that would probably be pretty funny.

The story itself was very exciting. Mannequins who come to life and a mega m
Jul 26, 2015 Julia rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!!
The Doctor continues his adventures through time and space. This time he is on Earth, 2013. Sadly I confess that the Autons are not as promising an alien as I took them to be in the premiere episode of the TV series. Respectfully, I’m sure others will disagree with me. Hyperville is impressive, and easily imagined to come true in the near future along with its high security Oculators. The Doctor continues to impress me when he snaps his fingers to shut the doors of the TARDIS. Also, his snap has ...more
Feb 29, 2016 Jimmy rated it liked it
The Doctor continues his adventures through time and space. This time he is on Earth, 2013. Sadly I confess that the Autons are not as promising an alien as I took them to be in the premiere episode of the TV series. Respectfully, I’m sure others will disagree with me. Hyperville is impressive, and easily imagined to come true in the near future along with its high security Oculators. The Doctor continues to impress me when he snaps his fingers to shut the doors of the TARDIS. Also, his snap has ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Jacquelyn rated it really liked it
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The first two Doctor Who books I read were "Peacemaker" and "The Pirate Loop", and I wished both of them were episodes instead of books. Well, they could be books too, I guess, as long as I got to see them actually happening on the TV series.

I've read a bunch more DW books since then, maybe 8 or 9, and I haven't felt the same about any of them until "Autonomy". I feel like this one would make a great Christmas Special, which would actually fit perfectly into the story: the last-minute shopping
I have a special love for the Autons. Their first story Terror on the Autons is my favorite of the old show for many reasons, but mainly because it had my favorite old series Doctor and the best Master ever! The thing about the old Autons and I'm including Rose in this assessment is that they work a lot more in your imaginations and in reality sometimes their representation falls very far from Robert Holmes' idea.

Autonomy gives us the perfect Autons, they can do everything that they should do an
Sep 14, 2014 Garrett rated it liked it
Once again, a monster that works far better in print for me than it does on the show; I haven't really enjoyed the Autons ever, going all the way back to 3rd Doctor, but in this they gave them not only a focused antagonist with a cool backstory, but also a great supporting cast of good guys to help the 10th deal with the oncoming threat. While there were a couple of narrative loose ends and anticlimaxes, I generally very much enjoyed this.
Feb 19, 2014 Hilary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Everything you expect of The Doctor, and more. Aliens, humans, chaos, running (being chased), lives in peril, and the superficiality of normal human life superimposed on alien lifeforms.

As a bonus, Georgia Moffet's narration is excellent; she's the best non-Doctor narrator I've heard yet, and she does Tennant's Doctor incredibly well, catching his intonations and cadence so that I'm almost surprised to hear a female voice.
Feb 13, 2014 Ritchie rated it liked it
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I did the unabridged audiobook on this one as read by Georgia Moffett, daughter of Peter Davison and wife to David Tennant and who also portrayed the title character in the episode "The Doctor's Daughter". This was a story of the Autons in a huge amusement park type of operation. None of the usual Companions were present. Moffet did a very good job with the reading and I especially enjoyed her imitation of Tennant's Doctor.
Jul 12, 2010 Larelle rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the setting. It was set only three years into the future, but it wasn't a far-fetched setting, nor was overly contemporary. I could imagine a place like Hyperville existing in three years time (if it doesn't already exist somewhere in the world). The idea of staying for several days in a huge shopping/entertainment/games complex appeals to me (isn't that basically what a cruise ship is though?).

The writer had a great style of writing for Doctor Ten, making him "come to life" on t
Sep 03, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
The Doctor lands in a futuristic mall, just as the autons are planning to take over. This is a clever story with some great set pieces. The characterisations are like TV, but it is the different ways the author has the autons acting that steals it. There are some genuinely creepy moments. A very good read.
The basic story for this Doctor Who audiobook was great - set in a 2013 British shopping mall where that plastic-loving Nestene Consciousness alien baddy is clearly going to be in Heaven. The Tenth Doctor is on good form and you'll never think about Posh and Becks in the same way again (or maybe you've already twigged...) It was also a delight to have it read by Georgia Moffat who played the Doctor's daughter on TV and is now the mother of his child in real life, and to have a cool plug for payi ...more
Jun 24, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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Great story! It’s a 10th Doctor story, though he’s companionless, letting it take place sometime just after Journey’s End. We’re greeted with an old, familiar nemesis too. The Autons and their Nestene Consciousness! (Remember the Living Plastic from Season 1; Episode 1? That’s them!) The story takes root in a giant shopping/entertainment Mecca called Hyperville, (think Universal Studios/Disney World merged with a Casino and giant Shopping Mall). The familiar Living Plastic enemy gets revamped in ...more
Jan 20, 2010 Jayden rated it really liked it
When I was looking for Doctor Who novels in the bookstore, there wasn't a gigantic selection. I looked at each book twice. I almost didn't get this because it involved the Auton's and the last episode I saw with them was really bland. But, once I read the back, I knew I needed to buy this. And it wasn't the 'Alien' in the book it was the setting. Hyperville sounded like something you could just spread your imagination on.
And was I glad I got this, this books was full of action, entertainment,
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Jun 18, 2010 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
Daniel Blythe completely captures the essence of David Tennant's 10th doctor. In the not so far away future, the Doctor encounters the Nestene Consciousness again as it attempts to take over the earth. We see the Autons in a different light as they have evolved in ways the Doctor never imagined.

As he attempts to stop the Nestene Consciousness, the Doctor encounters an odd assortment of allies. Kate would've made an awesome companion and Chantelle was refreshing as the bright, intelligent teenage
Jun 24, 2011 Emma rated it really liked it
This was one of the better Doctor Who books I've read. It functions perfectly as these books should. It takes a concept not fully developed in the television show and brings it to its fullest potential. The Autons were a perfect subject since they were not all that splendid in the episode "Rose" in Season 1. Another joy of this book is how well written the Tenth doctor is. All of his mannerisms jump off the page and make it easy to picture. Kate, the temporary assitant, was a wonderful choice a ...more
Apr 14, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it
A rather entertaining read, with a nice bit of irony on the true nature of celebrity. I can easily see a version of this one day being made into a TV episode. Quite pacey, the children are not too annoying, though the almost-companion is a little bland.
May 09, 2011 Aurata rated it it was ok
One of the rougher Doctor Who novels I've read. A somewhat dry setting (a big mall! in far-flung, futuristic 2013!) and flat secondary characters might be forgiven, but the Doctor's voice doesn't ring true. Dodgy chemistry was like a needle right in my science (self... replicating... wha...). But the excessive adjectiviousness was what really got to me. I didn't feel, at any point, like I needed to know what colour anyone's shirt was, but I usually did.

At the end, the plot picks up and comes to
Jo Bennie
Nov 30, 2014 Jo Bennie rated it liked it
Shelves: b
Set in the near future, Hyperville is the mother and father of all shopping malls, an experience so vast with restaurants, bars, casinos, cinemas and theme parks that its hotels hold the shoppers who come to stay for a week or more to get the entire experience. But something terrible is lurking under the very lowest level of the complex and the Doctor once again fights the Nestene Consciousness, a contest we have seen many times before as the consciouness takes over plastic and taps into our fea ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Jun 16, 2012 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, 1206, doctor, who, xn, 10th[return][return][return]Blythe brings back the Autons with a proper reboot, updating them to the new century in a way that wasn't possible for the TV episode Rose (which also rebooted the Autons, but much else besides) and actually paving the way slightly for the new wrinkles to the Autons that we saw in the first Matt Smith season. Lots of decent action, though the gruesome deaths don't quite fit with the general impression of Who novels of that year of ...more
Apr 26, 2014 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is it just me, or do you read all the Doctor's parts, in your head, as David Tennant? Well, I did! A fun and quick read.
Aug 27, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
I have never found a story featuring the 10th Doctor I didn't enjoy reading.
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Daniel Blythe was born in Maidstone and educated at Maidstone Grammar School and St John’s College, Oxford. He is the author of three Doctor Who novels including Autonomy, as well as the novels The Cut, Losing Faith and This Is The Day. He has also written the non-fiction books The Encyclopaedia Of Classic 80s Pop, I Hate Christmas: A Manifesto for the Modern-Day Scrooge, Dadlands: The Alternative ...more
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