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4.0 out of 5 stars All That Glitters ...
The pre-industrial city of Geath comes as something of a surprise to Amy. Her preconception about alien planets is that they come complete with flying cars and rockets. The Doctor is surprised for another reason. Geath is famed for its hospitality towards strangers, but when they arrive at the city's gated entrance, the Doctor, Amy and Rory find it locked. However, our...
Published on 20 Aug. 2010 by Foggy Tewsday

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor, Amy, Rory and a golden dragon make for a great story
The 11th incarnation of Doctor Who as played by Matt Smith leads his companions Amy and Rory to the preindustrial city state of Geath 'A byword for hospitality, craftsmanship and civilised conversation ... Revered throughout the universe for the beauty of its buildings, the wisdom of its people...and...for twelve and a half thousand years, it has been at peace with its...
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4.0 out of 5 stars All That Glitters ..., 20 Aug. 2010
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The pre-industrial city of Geath comes as something of a surprise to Amy. Her preconception about alien planets is that they come complete with flying cars and rockets. The Doctor is surprised for another reason. Geath is famed for its hospitality towards strangers, but when they arrive at the city's gated entrance, the Doctor, Amy and Rory find it locked. However, our heroic trio gain access thanks to the always handy psychic paper.

Inside the city, the Doctor receives another bolt from the blue. Geath's fiercely democratic traditions have been usurped by the arrival of a king. And with the king comes a golden statue of a dragon. It soon becomes apparent that this dragon is the cause of Geath's new introspection. The dragon emits an illicit substance called Enamour: a spangly material that induces feelings of wealth and well-being in its owners.

Una McCormack's previous writing credits in terms of novels are tied-in with 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' (The Never Ending Sacrifice, Cardassia and Andor and Hollow Men). I found this `Doctor Who' novel to be an engrossing read despite its lack of action. The author's descriptive prose is elegant and the narrative flows nicely, if a little languidly at times. I enjoyed the characterisations of the three leading players, particularly the likeable Rory who has some nice moments in this story.

Of the Geathians, the redoubtable Hilthe, an elderly and wise former councillor, is the only person not to have succumbed to the power of Enamour. It is through her that one of the alien intelligences in pursuit of this mysterious substance communicates. The king, Beol, is a well-meaning but somewhat shallow figure, while his Teller takes the role of spin-doctor with his exaggerated tales of the king's derring-do. The politicking along with the static nature of the story may make this a bit of an ordeal for some younger readers. I was reminded of Brian Hayles' The Curse of Peladon, a great story but one that I struggled to read as a child.

These `Doctor Who' novels are limited to around 243 pages in length and I think it's fair to say that this constrains the author somewhat. Even with a slow-paced story such as this, there is not enough space for the level of intrigue that needs to be developed for it to become truly satisfying. The second alien faction, the bureaucratic Regulators, claiming ownership of the Enamour are introduced too late in the novel for any real tension to build.

Overall, though, this is a good read. I hope the author will be writing more `Doctor Who' stories. Interestingly, Gary Russell's novel The Glamour Chase which was released at the same time as `The King's Dragon' also uses a mind-altering material in its plot . . .
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Eleventh Doctor Adventure, 24 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The King's Dragon (Unabridged) (Audio Download)
Doctor Who: The King's Dragon (Kindle Audiobook).

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Length: 5 hours & 33 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
Narrated By: Nicholas Briggs

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In the city-state of Geath, the King lives in a golden hall & the people want for nothing, everyone is happy & everyone is rich, or so it seems.

When the Doctor, Amy & Rory look beneath the surface, they discover a city of secrets were in dark corners strange creatures are stirring as at the heart of the hall, a great metal dragon oozes gold.

Then the Herald appears, demanding the return of her treasure & next came the gunships as the battle for possession of the treasure has begun & only the Doctor & his friends can save the people of the city from being destroyed in the crossfire of an ancient civil war, But will the King surrender his new-found wealth? Or will he fight to keep it...?

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Writer Una McCormack delivers a wonderful exciting adventure here which is seemingly aimed at younger children but there's still enough characterization & drama in this Eleventh Doctor adventure for adults to enjoy as McCormacks plot although slightly mirrors Beowulf at times is engrossing enough & the pacing spot on.

Nicholas Briggs is a superb narrator who gives a very clear, concise & enthusiastic delivery to his reading, the adventure tells a intriguing unique mystery about a ancient gold dragon but don't go expecting any clever twists as theres only a couple as the ending while satisfactory didn't quite pay off the overall adventure for me as it should have done.

The characterizations are a little uneven in places with the Doctor seemingly a little angry throughout the adventure which is totally out of character of Matt Smith's bumbling eccentric Doctor & while the characterizations of Amy & Rory are pretty faithful to there tv counterparts there are moments throughout the story that felt they were both written a little bit flat.

Overall, The King's Dragon is a fun entertaining Eleventh Doctor adventure that's extremely well narrated by Nicholas Briggs & features some great moments of action & excitement along the way & despite the odd mishap of over indulgence to the complexity of the fantasy elements which at times contains the odd boring moment, McCormacks novel does more right than it gets wrong & delivers a engaging insightful Doctor Who audio adventure.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beol and the dragon, 30 Aug. 2010
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An original Doctor Who novel, telling an all new story not seen on the tv show. Featuring the 11th Doctor, Amy and Rory. Set some unspecified time in between the sixth and eighth episodes of the show's most recent season.

It runs for two hundred and forty four pages of quite large print and is divided into thirteen chapters.

It's suitable for readers of all ages and the characterisation of the three characters is spot on, giving you no problems imagining the actors saying the dialogue.

The story sees the TARDIS arrive on a world with a pre-industrial society and the Doctor and friends visit the beautiful main city there. Only to find that all is not as it should be. The elected leader has lost their place to a King who got the position after allegedly slaying a Dragon. The city is rich in gold. Which isn't usually found there.

The lure of precious metal and threats from above mean a long and memorable night lies ahead for the time travellers...

It is rather nice to have a pre-industrial society in the story, as it's not something the books in this range have tried before. So makes this nicely different from the off. Whilst feeling at first a little like something out of the quick read range of Doctor who books this then does manage to get going quite nicely, by virtue of the fact that it's strongly character based. There are three main supporting characters, all of whom manage to be strong characters in their own rights and the plot then develops as a result of their actions.

With a few good twists and turns after that the story does keep moving and developing and manages to keep the reader nicely involved to the end. An above average entry in the range and well worth a look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who The King's Dragon, 14 April 2013
'They called it Enamour. It turned minds, sold merchandise, and swayed elections. And it did its job far too well...'

In the city-state of Geath, the King lives in a golden hall, and the people want for nothing. Everyone is happy and everyone is rich. Or so it seems. When the Doctor, Amy and Rory look beneath the surface, they discover a city of secrets. In dark corners, strange creatures are stirring. At the heart of the hall, a great metal dragon oozes gold.

Then the Herald appears, demanding the return of her treasure... And next come the gunships. The battle for possession of the treasure has begun, and only the Doctor and his friends can save the people of the city from being destroyed in the crossfire of an ancient civil war. But will the King surrender his new-found wealth? Or will he fight to keep it...?

A thrilling fantasy adventure featuring the Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor, Amy, Rory and a golden dragon make for a great story, 2 Dec. 2014
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The 11th incarnation of Doctor Who as played by Matt Smith leads his companions Amy and Rory to the preindustrial city state of Geath 'A byword for hospitality, craftsmanship and civilised conversation ... Revered throughout the universe for the beauty of its buildings, the wisdom of its people...and...for twelve and a half thousand years, it has been at peace with its neighbouring cities'. But something is wrong. The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive at the city gates at dusk to find them closed and guarded. The streets are empty of Geath's famously gregarious society and the houses glitter with beautiful, strangely seductive gold. A king sits on his throne, a great golden dragon at his feet, but this seemingly free wealth has an owner who wants it back. Screaming spirits in spooky corridors, knights, a storyteller and a wise woman make for a beguiling story that skilfully weaves a mediaeval style culture with starships and battling aliens.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The King's Dragon, 4 Nov. 2014
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“Be careful what you wish for.”

This is an Eleventh Doctor novel, featuring the Doctor as played by Matt Smith, with his companions Amy and Rory.

The Doctor has taken Amy and Rory to Geath, a wonderful city known for the beauty of its building, the wisdom of its people, and the peaceful way of life. But something’s not right. The city is full of golden baubles, on a world where gold is not native. Where did it come from? And why is there a King, Beol on the throne, with his Teller, and a dragon, where Geath was always ruled by a Council? If the Doctor’s worried, shouldn’t everybody be?

This is a great story; it turns from what seems like it’s going to be a ‘dungeons and dragons’-type story rapidly to one of evolved civilisations, hostile forces, and the aftermath of terrible wars. Definitely well worth reading, this is a really good Eleventh Doctor story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok but..., 20 Nov. 2010
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Doctor Who and The King's Dragon is the usual good vs evil. It basically tells of an alien artifact infecting a city with gold...but two alien forces are fighting to recover the alien artifact as it has the power to bring people under its spell. Enter the Doctor and his two companions...
And really, it's a case of find the artifact, decide who to give the artifact back to and return to the TARDIS. Sound familiar?
Generally speaking, Una McCormack wrote an okay story spread across 240 pages which would have been better suited as a short story for Big Finish's Short Trips series - except the series of books has been cancelled...maybe that was why it was made into 240 pages and published by BBC Books???
If you're a Doctor Who fan who travels on the bus or underground then this book is ideal - it is easy to pick up and put down - but if you want a real gritty novel to read snuggled up under the duvet then...er...well, the choice is up to you!
A stocking filler maybe...?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun - as ever!, 11 May 2014
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Once again, a well-written 'typical' Doctor Who adventure. I really enjoyed it, wanting to know what had created the dilemma behind everything. It also has a satisfying ending!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dragons are cool, 9 Mar. 2014
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This book was really good because once I started reading it I couldn't put it down.It was really tense, exciting.It was AMAZING
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fans of doctor who read it, 19 Feb. 2014
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Would highly recommend it to doctor who fan, enjoyed it a lot . Liked the beginning the most of it
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