KingsDragon

Una McCormack
BBC Books
2010

They came only at night.  They crept around the dark places, the hidden places, the poor and lonely places.

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 and Amy 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 – the “glamour” – and next come the gunships.  The battle for possession of the glamour has begun, and only the Doctor and Amy 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?

An Eleventh Doctor adventure, The King’s Dragon takes place around the Fifth Series (we would call ‘em “seasons” here in the States), right around the time when Rory had been a companion along with Amy, before their marriage.  Just though I’d give some context here, in case anyone was curious.  Obviously, I’m writing this assuming you clicked on the review having at least a rudimentary knowledge of the recent Doctor Who episodes.

As a Doctor Who adventure, The King’s Dragon is a relatively short but completely engaging story that has a strong fantasy base with the sci-fi mixed right in, giving this a very interesting mixed genre angle.  Completely entertaining, well-written and flowing pretty effortlessly, Una McCormack did well capturing the mannerisms and inner monologues of the established characters, while creating an entirely original story apart from the television show.

There’s an underlying theme of the power of storytelling, which I think is rather fitting to mention (the ending takes a bit of a Douglas Adams-esque turn, which I found rather amusing), as The King’s Dragon was a good straight-forward Doctor Who tale.

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