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Beol and the dragon,
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The King's Dragon (Hardcover)
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.