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

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  932 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
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, Winterland, 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 ...more
Published March 1st 2010 by BBC Audiobooks (first published September 3rd 2009)
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Apr 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)?
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!!!
Zelda of Unapologetic Reviews
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
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
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
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
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Ranked #15 (out of 18) of my holiday reads

Clever ideas but a shame about the 'monsters' - 3.5*

The 10th Doctor's adventures are usually brilliant (and vibrant) but this adventure was a little disappointing.

The reason for this is the 'monsters': the Autons and the Nestene Consciousness. The most memorable appearance of this creature is the first episode of New Who. (Please don't ask me the season number...) However, even in this episode, the Nestene Consciousness was secondary to the relatio
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In each of the stories (TV episodes or books) where the Doctor is travelling without a companion he always manages to find a ‘stand-in companion’ for each story. Once Kate had been identified as the Doctor’s companion for the story the children and their parents seemed a bit superfluous, so it was not surprising when (view spoiler)
In typical auton style, they start popping up all over the place, with not only the shop window mannequins and
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
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
Jan 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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[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
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not bad.

I don't like Georgia Moffat... I don't know why, but I just don't like her. So listening to her read this urked me ever so slightly, she didn't do a bad job at the end of the day, but she never got the voice of the Doctor right.

The story reminds me of a few various Sci-Fi stories I've seen/read in the past (though right now as I write this, I am drawing a blank as to which ones.).

And they certainly love to reuse the same names how many Max's are we going to have?

It certainly wasn't a ho
Victoria Watts
I love doctor who and I'm aware that especially in the early 2005 redo of the show it's pretty campy and cheesy, that being said though, when I was reading this book it seemed as though it was written for an elementary/middle school audience and maybe it was, but I found it a bit too simple and predictable for my taste. On the other hand I felt like Blythe did a nice job of bringing Tennant to life in the story I did feel as though I could picture him doing and saying the things depicted in the ...more
Stephen Osborne
The Autons aren't my favorite Doctor Who monsters, and that may be why I was ambivilant about this book. It was well written and moved at a 10th Doctor frentic pace, but a few things really annoyed me, namely the re-use of jokes. The 9th Doctor not being able to see that the London Eye was behind him, a perfect transmitter, is re-done here as the Doctor stands in a bar and is looking for alcohol and has no idea where to find some. And there's the variation of Mr. Thick from Thicksville, Thicksbo ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pretty good book, I really enjoyed reading it. Daniel Blythe captured David Tenant as the Doctor perfectly. The story itself left me with mixed feelings, I loved following the doctor and his companions along, but I also found some parts of the book fairly predictable. I also got a little feeling of, "been there done that." I enjoyed the book very much. Kate would have made a wonderful companion to this doctor.
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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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