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Justin Richards
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7 Mar 2013 DOCTOR WHO (Book 169)

On a barren asteroid, the once-mighty Haddron Empire is on the brink of collapse, torn apart by civil war. The one man who might have saved it languishes in prison, his enemies planning his death and his friends plotting his escape.The Second Doctor arrives as the last act of this deadly drama is being played out - and with both terrifying killers and cunning traitors to defeat, the future hangs in the balance.

An adventure featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton and his companions Jamie and Victoria

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 50 Anv edition (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184990524X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849905244
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Justin Richards has written more books than he can remember. He has also written audio scripts, television, a stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, and founded and edited a media journal.
Justin is the author of - amongst other things - The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and the series The Invisible Detective, Time Runners, and Agent Alfie. He is also Creative Director of the BBC's best-selling range of Doctor Who books, and has written a fair few of them himself.
His latest novel - The Skeleton Clock - is available for the Kindle.
Justin lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.

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The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Collection: Eleven classic adventures. Eleven brilliant writers. One incredible Doctor.

About the Author

Justin Richards is creative consultant for the BBC's Doctor Who books, and has written a fair few of them himself. He writes for stage, screen and audio and is the author of a series of novels for children. He lives in Warwick with a nice view of the castle.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams of Empire 17 April 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book, originally published in 1998, has been republished as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Doctor Who, and epitomises the Second Doctor story of choice for those celebrations. Justin Richards has written a lot of books, including a lot of Doctor Who novels.

In the canon of Doctor Who, this story is set to occur after The Ice Warriors, and features the Second Doctor with Jamie and Victoria. The Doctor and his friends land on a prison planet, where the prisoners and the guards have their own routine. But that's all about to change, as the politics of a large and powerful Republic impinge on honour and glory, and ambition and greed come to the fore. But, as with all Doctor Who stories, nothing is ever quite as it seems, and this story has plenty of twists and turns before it all comes to a satisfactory end.

The humour of the Second Doctor is nicely captured in this story, as are the gestures and mannerisms that Patrick Troughton so neatly put into his characterisation. This is a really good Doctor Who story, and one I'm glad I had the chance to catch up on. Totally recommended.
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By timelord007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Now this is more like it a great well paced adventure that features The Second Doctor, Jamie & Victoria & is written by the exellent Justin Richards.

This has the flavour of the Patrick Troughton era as the setting is typical Second Doctor which is set on a barren Asteroid of Haddon were it's empire is on the brink of collaspe due to year's of Civil War & political collapse.

Help could come from a Kesar whom could negotiate peace but Kesar has been overthrown in a political voting debate & apart from one small problem that Kesar is imprisoned were his allies plan a rescue attempt while his enemys are attempting to kill him.

The Doctor, Jamie & Victoria are & thrown into the events were the a murder has occured, Political intrigue & Robot assassins which have been dispatched to kill Kesar.

The Doctor has to deal with a political intrigue, A murder, Robot assassins & has a cunning tratior to unmask as the future of Haddon hangs in the balance.

This has plenty of twists & turns to this adventure as writer Justin Richards captures the Second Doctor's mannerisms as well as his compaions character traits of Jamie & Victoria.

This is a fast paced adventure which would make a great audio adaption for Big Finish.

Dreams of Empire has plenty of mystery & intrigue to engage the reader's of Doctor Who & is a welcome addition to these 50th Anniversary books celebrating the Golden Anniversary of Doctor Who.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Troughton Who 15 Jun 2000
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Justin Richards does it again with this atmospheric novel about politics and war. Anyone who has since listened to his Big Finish CD "The Whispers of Terror" will keenly note the parallels. His characterisation of the Doctor is spot on. Jamie and Victoria come off well too and are given a lot ot do. The most powerful aspect of the book is the carefully woven chess imagery which pulls the plot together. Despite the static setting, this is a fast paced Who which I would have loved to have seen on screen as part of the 1967-68 season.
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• I found this story to be slow and difficult to get into for about the first 70 pages. And the Doctor still running away from guards after Victoria’s capture did not strike me as realistic for him.
• Victoria – never the most independent of the screen companions, she is portrayed as less of a screamer here. But she still doesn’t actually do much except what the Doctor tells her to. Also, Helana Trayx could’ve been developed more as a character.

• I was able to work out most of the twists in advance, including the identity of the main villain. The trick is to pay attention to how certain characters speak, such as Prion. However, on page 147, I’m not sure that the identity of the expected ‘her’ is ever revealed…
• The VETACs. For a change, the Doctor has to fight against an enemy that can’t be totally stopped. It’s the battle scenes, and how the TARDIS crew and those with them survive that lifts the second half of the book.
• The characterisation of the 2nd Doctor is spot on. Milton Trayx, invented for this novel, is a thoroughly likeable character also.
• The interrogation scene involving Tordoc. This twist did take me by surprise. Well played, Mr Richards!

In summary, a reasonable book. But for those eager to know the answers to the book’s mysteries may find the pacing slow at times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dreams of Empire 5 Dec 2013
A thoroughly enjoyable romp with the Second Doctor and companions Jamie and Victoria where we get to see what could have happened if Ceaser's crossing of the Rubicon had failed. Very much Rome meets the Terminator with added chess.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever adventure story 28 Nov 2013
Troughton's Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria are probably my favourite trio in the show, and they work very well here. The author has crafted a clever adventure story, very much in the "base under siege" style of mid-era Troughton. The supporting cast is cleverly done, though I initially got a bit lost as to who was who. The battles, adventures and over-arcing plot are well done, and the characterisation and dialogue really makes it feel as if the 2nd Doctor, Jamie and Victoria are there before you.

Negatives? The Doctor's handkerchief seems a bit over-used, I couldn't remember who the revealed character at the end actually was, and the action does drag a bit in the middle. I also felt that it was mainly my already-extant love for this group of characters that made me care what happened to them, rather than how they are portrayed in the book.

But those are minor gripes, and this is a very good book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams of Empire
Dreams of Empire is a Past Doctor Adventure featuring the 2nd Doctor and written by Justin Richards. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Steve White
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, confusing, and no monsters!
I'm trying to get through all of the 50th anniversary novels and was really excited to read this one because the second Doctor is one of my favourites. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christopher Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars There will be blood
This was a pretty gritty, second doctor story. Lots of good characterisation and action.

The plot was a novelty blend of I Claudius, The man in the Iron Mask and various... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams of Empire. One of the best!
This book is amazing. I will admit, I found it difficult to get into to start with, but after a couple of chapters, I really found it hard to put down! Read more
Published 10 months ago by TARDIS Traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Dreams of Empire
On a barren asteroid, the once-mighty Haddron Empire is on the brink of collapse, torn apart by civil war. Read more
Published 12 months ago by kk
5.0 out of 5 stars Feedback on Deliver of Dreams Of Empire
Even though I received this product in the post promptly, the condition of its arrival wasn't very good. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mrs. M. E. Firth
4.0 out of 5 stars The good doctor
The Second Doctor finds himself in that oh so familiar siege situation again but this time the writer manages to pull it off with admirable flare. Read more
Published on 15 April 2011 by Michael Finn
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, workmanlike SF
Dreams of Empire finds the 2nd Doctor, Jamie and Victoria landing in a rather Star Wars-esque universe, with a plot to transform a galactic republic into an empire, and a hideously... Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2005 by Jane Aland
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