The TARDIS takes the Doctor and Rose to a destination in deep space — Justicia, a prison camp stretched over six planets, where Earth colonies deal with their criminals.

While Rose finds herself locked up in a teenage borstal, the Doctor is trapped in a scientific labour camp. Each is determined to find the other, and soon both Rose and the Doctor are risking life and limb to escape in their distinctive styles.

But their dangerous plans are complicated by some old enemies. Are these creatures fellow prisoners as they claim, or staging a takeover for their own sinister purposes?

Once again, BBC Books gives us a fine example of entertaining storytelling with their ninth Doctor book, The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole. I’m not saying it’s a literary masterpiece or anything, but it’s well written and contains an interesting plot and intriguing characters.

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