I bought another Doctor Who novel for one thing and one thing alone; okay, that’s a lie, it’s Doctor Who for Pete’s sake. The reason being was who the villain for the book is the Nestene Consciousness. For those of you who have watched Doctor Who you may recognize, it’s the very first baddie from the relaunch with Christopher Eccelston’s brilliant debut as the ninth doctor. This one episode and villain set me down the road of fascination and obsession with all things connected to Doctor Who, but I’m getting ahead of myself here.
This novel is titled Doctor Who: Autonomy and written by Daniel Blythe. The Doctor is initially flying solo in this book, that means no companion…at first. The story takes place on Earth just a few years in the future in England (Surprise! Not.). In the mall of the future, a mall so big it’s like Mall of America on steroids filled with all manor of stores, theaters, casinos, hotels, and amusement parks. The Doctor shows up because he was curious, and possibly due to the TARDIS’s knowing the Doctor was needed. At the same time a young professional named Kate Maguire is competing to be the mall’s right hand, but is secretly a journalist trying to get a huge scoop on the inner workings of the mall. And still in other places people are dying mysteriously and management is trying to cover it up quietly and quickly.