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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 9/10/15 10:10 am
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"Autonomy" is another 10th Doctor novel set during the year of tv sepecials. Kate, a young, aspiring journalist who is investigating Hyperville, a huge, futuristic shopping complex on the outskirts of London, admirably fullfills the role of one-off companion.

The adventure takes a while to really get going, but once it does, there is plenty of intrigue as to what is happening at the mega mall. However, the main problem with this story is that there is only so much you can do with the Autons, and therefore some incidents like shop window dummies coming to life or the appearance of an autonomous Auton are already familiar from previous encounters with the Nestene Consciousness. But Daniel Blythe takes all those well-established elements, pours plenty of pop culture references on top and sets the whole thing in a confined space, blending it into an entertaining and fast paced new story.

The narration is absolutely top notch. Georgia Moffett imbues the novel with genuine emotion and a great sense of fun without ever going over the top with either. She does a fantastic 10th Doctor impression and also comes up with lots of different voices for every situation - from the questioning intonation of your typical teenager to insipid public service announcements or seriously creepy puppets, she gets all of it absolutely spot on.

"Autonomy" might not be the most original Doctor Who novel, but it's a fun romp and Georgia Moffett's narration makes it a highly enjoyable listen.