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Doctor Who: The King's Dragon by [McCormack, Una]
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In the idyllic city-state of Geath, the Doctor and Amy become embroiled in an ancient civil war

About the Author

Una McCormack lives in Cambridge, where she reads, writes and teaches. She and her partner have no cats and many Daleks.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1312 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (24 Jun. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TSE05Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #396,255 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Doctor takes Amy and Rory to a world where they can experience the famed hospitality of the city state of Geath. Things aren’t quite as he expects, however. The stable, thousands of year old democracy has been replaced by a monarchy and no one seems to mind. Perhaps, that’s because the city is covered in gold, exhibiting an abundance of wealth.

It must be relatively early on in the Tardis for Rory; not long after ‘The Vampires of Venice’, the events of which are fresh in his mind. The author has him exhibiting a lot of awe and wonder at his surroundings. There wasn’t much chance for this in the programme as he didn’t really go anywhere3 off Earth before his ‘demise’ in ‘Cold Blood’. It is, therefore, a nice touch for the author to play on this.

The initial stages of the novel are quite intriguing due to the setting being a mix of medieval and fantasy. Unfortunately this world lacks depth as we see very little of it apart from the city of Geath. The science fiction elements of the story take over quickly and things dully descend into an office meeting about administration and procedures. The fantasy style locale soon becomes irrelevant. There isn’t the subtle merging of science fiction touches that enrich the world in the way of ‘The Curse of Peladon’ or ‘The Androids of Tara’. Despite initial impressions this is a science fiction story rather than a fantasy or quasi-historical one.

Likewise, there’s also a quite spooky prologue, but the atmosphere of that is never recaptured, disappointingly.

Despite expectations the novel is light on dragons. Although it is an integral and vital part of the story, the ‘dragon’ is more of a plot artifice than anything. It is less of a dragon than that which appears in ‘Dragonfire’.
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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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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 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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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.
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