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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams of Empire
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...
Published 20 months ago by Keen Reader

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3.0 out of 5 stars Two escape routes or we can get a good night’s sleep....
The biggest success of this book is that it, against the odds, succeeds in presenting a highly recognisable Second Doctor with both his surface image of a fool and his sub surface cunning.
This is quite achievement, as the author points out in his introduction, because Troughton’s Doctor’s deeper side was portrayed through his expressive face much more...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Dreams of Empire, 11 April 2013
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The good doctor, 15 April 2011
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Michael Finn (Blackburn, Lancashire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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. The Tardis crew are brilliantly brought back to us in a book that is easily the best yet from this era of the show. It just has a rightness to it that makes it a pleasure to read. It's an exciting actioner that manages not to leave its brains at the door. If you haven't read any of these books yet you could do a lot worse than starting with Dreams of Empire.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring, confusing, and no monsters!, 10 Sep 2013
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Christopher Morris "arbobug" (Dundee, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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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. Unfortunately he doesn't get to do much in this novel - it's more about the other characters involved in the confusing civil war. I didn't think the Doctor was very funny - some funny slapstick things happened to him but he could have been a lot more eccentric like the Patrick Troughton Doctor was. If you read this not knowing it was a second Doctor story you'd be constantly guessing which incarnation it was.

Jamie and Victoria weren't featured enough either, and I found Jamie to be rather a bit stupid in this novel. Again, the attention was focused on the new characters fighting the civil war. And there were far too many of them - it was difficult at times to tell the difference between the various soldiers.

The writing itself made the novel very uninteresting - it was written sort of like a history book, throwing fact after fictional fact at you and making the story quite hard to follow. Nothing much really happens for the first half of the story until it suddenly gets exciting with the invasion of the base. However, it then falls back into a confused rampage until we get a very rushed ending with admittedly a pretty good twist.

Perhaps the most boring thing about this story is that it doesn't have any monsters. Doctor Who stories are all about the Doctor's enemies, but this story was more about the Doctor watching other people fight off their own enemies - who were all human. There were VETAC thingies which were pretty much just robots programmed to fight the humans, but not your typical Doctor Who frighting enemy.

I enjoyed the first Doctor story Ten Little Aliens a little better than this one. I've got a long way to go until the eleventh Doctor's story, here's hoping things pick up in Last of the Gaderene...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dull, workmanlike SF, 6 Sep 2005
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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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 burnt would-be Emperor having to don a Darth Vader style faceplate. The story conforms to the basic 'base under siege' standard format, with the TARDIS crew caught in the efforts of a group of revolutionary robots to free their imprisoned leader. The plot is functional with the requisite number of twists and turns, but the writing is workmanlike and the single setting of an asteroid prison soon gets dull. Not a complete misfire, just a rather dull pulp SF novel with little to really engage or excite the reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feedback on Deliver of Dreams Of Empire, 10 May 2012
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Mrs. M. E. Firth "Super doc" (Cardiff,Wales) - See all my reviews
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Even though I received this product in the post promptly, the condition of its arrival wasn't very good. Some corners were bent, there's a noticeable crease down the spine and the pages seem ragged with more creases everywhere. I was surprised to find the price of this product so low and now I realise why. As I am big fan of Doctor Who, I'm sure I'll enjoy the read thoroughly. Everyone should by the Doctor Who BBC Books.
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