THIS STORY TAKES
PLACE BETWEEN THE
AUDIO BOOK "THE
IDW GRAPHIC NOVEL
RELEASED IN JUNE 2009
(NORTH AMERICA ONLY).
the Doctor and his
arrive on a utopian
planet where robots
do all the manual
laboUr. But things
aren’t quite what
IDW Publishing continues its series of regular one-off adventures with Autopia, and, on the strength of previous offerings, I expected something pretty good. Sadly, what I got was a very bland, generic robot story.
It’s all very much by the book here: the Doctor
and Donna land on the planet Autopia to find
out why the people there have shut their planet
off from the rest of the Universe. They find
a decadent society dependent on its robotic
servants, one of which is on the cusp of self-
awareness. Frankly, there’s nothing here that
hasn’t been done a thousand times before in science fiction, and there’s little in the writing
to set Autopia apart from any of its thematic cousins. Granted, the Doctor and Donna are both reasonably well-characterised, but the few subsidiary characters are terribly generic -
if the robot (nicknamed Sam by Donna, after her cat) is supposed to be developing a per-sonality, at least Ostrander could have written him with one.
The artwork, too, has little to mark this story out. Kelly Yates is quite well-regarded in the
comics community, but her work here is below par. Depending on the panel, the art varies
from pretty good to pretty dreadful, with the latter sadly dominating. I’m afraid to say that this
is the first real flunk by IDW’s Doctor Who range.
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