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The Doctor and Bill explore Erehwon, an Earth colony in the far future where a utopian city has been constructed by Vardy microbots. But the city is deserted and the time-travellers soon discover that the Vardy will kill anyone who isn’t happy…

American author Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) was the undisputed master of the science-fiction mystery story, and his work in that genre was always at its most compelling when it involved robots. Asimov had a keen interest in the thought processes that might develop in the positronic brains of sentient robots programmed with his own three laws of robotics, the foremost of which stated that a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Many of his robot stories – notably those in his episodic 1950 novel I, Robot – explored the circumstances that might lead a robot to contravene that first law.

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At the end of 2017 a remarkable chapter in the history of Doctor Who drew to a close. Two incarnations of the Time Lord overcame an existential threat... before the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor heralded a bold new era for the programme. The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine is a unique souvenir of the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventures, from The Return of Doctor Mysterio through to Twice Upon a Time. Packed full of all-new features and previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the year in Doctor Who.