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Doctor Who: Royal Blood

(Doctor Who: The Glamour Chronicles #1)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  539 ratings  ·  99 reviews
“The Grail is a story, a myth! It didn’t exist on your world! It can’t exist here!”
The city-state of Varuz is failing. Duke Aurelian is the last of his line, his capital is crumbling, and the armies of his enemy, Duke Conrad, are poised beyond the mountains to invade. Aurelian is preparing to gamble everything on one last battle. So when a holy man, the Doctor, comes to Va
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 10th 2015 by BBC Books (first published September 3rd 2015)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Today, legions of Whovians are welcoming the Doctor back for another new season of BBC’s science fiction television program Doctor Who. And then there’s yours truly, probably one of the last three people on this earth who hasn’t watched the show yet. I won’t even be able to speak on the matter of how well the books capture the spirit of the series, because I just don’t know. As such, you might be wondering why I’m reading
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The Doctor and Clara arrive at a planet, visits a city and the people thinks the Doctor is the ambassador from another country that is planning war on them. They have technology in the city that doesn't work properly since the people have forgotten what the gadgets do. Apparently somewhere along the way everyone just forgot how it worked and the new generations just use the things without any real knowledge about it. Then another man shows up, is he the real ambassador, and will the Doctor and C ...more
Dec 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re looking for a really good modern ‘Doctor Who’ novel to read, you could do a lot worse than Una McCormack’s ‘The King’s Dragon’. It’s witty, smart and beautifully creates and evokes the futuristic fantasy world of its setting. (I do like Doctor Who stories where the fantasy part of science fantasy is accentuated.) In ‘Royal Blood’ McCormack takes a different Doctor but goes for the same trick, landing the Tardis crew on a planet straight out of a high fantasy novel. This time though the ...more
(I received an ARC of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.)

Sale date September 8, 2015

Published by Broadway Books

Note: Doctor Who novels are rated on their own independent scale.

The Twelfth Doctor and Clara arrive in the kingdom of Varuz, on an unnamed planet, ostensibly on a whim during one of their day trips so Clara can see a “proper castle.” They do indeed get to see a castle, but one very past its prime. Varuz is in decline, the castle cracking and
Brooklyn Tayla
Definitely another favourite Doctor Who novelisation. I thought Clara and 12 were portrayed so perfectly and that the historical elements were woven throughout the story so well :)
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

Originally posted on: The Quirky Book Nerd

As I’m sure you know or can tell, I am a massive fan of Doctor Who, and I find the book series to be so fun, especially when waiting for new episodes. As soon as this particular novel was released, I was immediately intrigued by it. I love stories dealing with politics and conspiracy within a kingdom—particularly anything set in a medieval or medieval-esque time period. Unfortunately, I ended up feeling very disappointed by this novel. While it
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Rating: 5/5

Doctor Who is an amazing force that has swept into thousands of people's hearts worldwide. To be honest, Doctor Who, in both its show and its novel mediums, is fairly new to me, but I have been curious about this adventurous, galaxy traveling man for some time. One of my sisters has a deep love for this show and eventually convinced me to give it a try. Now, I have seen several episodes but honestly wanted to try Doctor Who out in book form. So . . . here I am! Royal Blood seemed extr
Alisha Webster
My beginning thoughts on this book weren’t great. Royal Blood was my first Doctor Who book; I was trying to keep myself busy while waiting for the season premiere this weekend. I felt like the characters were a little off. Clara and Twelve didn’t really fit their characters on the show. I didn’t like how it switched between characters either; It would take me a few sentences to realize it changed the point of views. I also thought the story was incomplete and that it could have gone much deeper. ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
McCormack’s again splices the world of Doctor Who in a medieval setting, but unlike The King’s Dragon - this one didn’t really hit the mark.

It’s the first of a trilogy that launches the quest for The Glamour Chronicles, a mini series that is massively underwhelming.

Twelve and Clara are well captured but this type of story suits Smiths incarnation better...
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first BBC Doctor Who book and I love it!

The Doctor and Clara are funny, and the story is interesting, including laser swords (not the Star Wars kind) and communication gadgets.

A war is coming to the city between the mountain and the sea, and a group of knights looking for the Grail... :)
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel, by legendary Star Trek writer Una McCormack, features the Awesome and Amazing Scotsman, together with Gorgeous Clara, and ends up as a hunt for the Legendary Holy Grail (of all things), a chase for peace, and arguably (but most importantly), a search for self discovery. All at once, even. Which is even more remarkable than it sounds, considering that none of this is happening on Earth.

The TARDIS lands on a planet that looks, feels and simply reeks of medieval Europe. Indeed, the firs
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Before Royal Blood I had never read any of the DW books published, so I was a bit weary of how well the characters would translate to the writing format and if it would be possible to have the same feel as the tv show. After reading it I think that it isn't possible to translate the tone of the show entirely BUT it still is an enjoyable experience. The Doctor and Clara didn't translated exactly for me - there was just times where they would say or do something that I would scratch my head and be ...more
Joshua Bishop
I have seen a lot of reviewers saying this is their first Doctor Who novel. If you haven't read Doctor Who yet that you start with a different author.

I love Doctor Who (the show, the novels, and even the video games) but some of the chosen authors just don't seem to get it. This review is more about the author than the book itself.

First, although this is my first time reading Una McCormick. Based on my experience with this novel, McCormick doesn't seem to really have a grasp on how Peter Capald
Jon Arnold
Dec 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
McCormack’s making a habit of placing the Doctor in a fantasy settings; it’s a trait of both her previous books. This time it’s knights, lords and civil war flavoured with Arthurian myth rather than forest monsters or dragons, but the trick of providing SF reasons for fantasy situations remains unchanged.

It’s by far the most disappointing of her Who books; I found myself recalling The Da Vinci Code whilst reading it in the way the story skates giddily from scene to scene, moving the reader on s
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, aliens
Eh. I'm sure it's a book that will appeal to a lot of people, and it's objectively not bad or anything, but it just didn't work for me on ... well, pretty much any level, other than perhaps the opening bit (or the bit of opening with Clara and the Doctor).

Characterisation was okay-ish - Clara more so than the Doctor, who, while he wasn't "off" as such, I felt was reduced to a smallish set of "these are the characteristics of Twelve" (probably not helped by how little he was in it) - but frankly
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best Doctor Who book I've ever read. No crazy alien monsters, and Clara is not exactly my favorite companion. However, Twelve is my favorite Doctor ever, and the author made his personality really shine throughout the novel. Am I biased? Clearly. But it's Doctor Who... you know what kind of people you're dealing with. :)
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why this one of the three is getting such poor reviews. It's not a masterpiece, but it's not horrible. My biggest complaint is that, if it's supposed to be Barnhart writing down what happened, it shouldn't switch to the third person to keep up with Clara...
This Doctor Who book was so good! I was highly impressed with how well written it was (with the exception of a couple word errors, but I could be mistaken.) I was definitely caught off guard with a couple of things. But definitely a great read. :)
Gabriel Mero
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was interesting, I just felt that the author's characterizations of Clara and the Doctor were off -- especially Clara.
On some unknown planet, the technology exists only in one city…

Starring the 12th Doctor and Clara Oswald

Possible Spoilers

The TARDIS lands on a planet which is never named in the story. The Doctor and Clara walk down to a strange city.

Going by the costumes worn by the inhabitants, the planet is still in medieval times. Yet there are electric lights and the knights carry laser swords! There is something about the numerous gems that decorate the clothing and tapestries that has the Doctor perplexed
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not one of the better Doctor Who books. Clara and the 12th Doctor arrive in a country, on a distant world, in decay. A final holdout against a superior force. The Doctor tries to stop a war. Then, Launcelot and his knights appear searching for the Holy Grail, otherwise known as the Glamour. A lot of this story is implausible and silly. However, some of the characters are more interesting than others. The Duke, his wife and his friend are obvious references to Arthur, Guinevere and Launcelot. The ...more
Helen Hnin Oo Lwin
3 stars.

Seems like this author, rather than ending the sentence, like to use so many commas, instead of just ending the damn sentence, to keep the readers reading but, far from their intention, that, actually, made, me, bored.

This book is interesting but it lacks action and suspense. I decided to buy this book because this is the first of the Glamour Chronicles and I've read the other two installation. But the writing style and the prologue was so boring that I put this book away for about three
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
The Doctor and Clara land in a medieval style world, that has some advanced technology like laser swords. A war is brewing, and the Doctor preaches peace. Then things get odd. The ideas behind the storyline are interesting, and there's some nice character interplays. The Glamour thing seems slightly tagged on, and I can't help but feel that this would be a better book to read. A good read.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story about the Doctor and Clara traveling trought time and space. They find a city lost in time or from time. The Doctor needs to find out. Great adventure for the 12th Doctor and Clara. This book is part of a trilogy. The Glamour Chronicles, I "think" this is book 2.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was amazing so fast paced and a very easy read. The best thing is that is that it is short and the Doctor and Clara are the same as they are in the show
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Honestly this is probably one of the worst books I've read in a long time. There was nothing to really make you enjoy it
was a good one-time read. no favourite, but well written with a not-as-always setting. especially liked the knights of the round table and could see this as a good in-between episode.
A bit middle-grade, but well written, and a decent story. Clara's and the Doctor's voices are well captured for the most part.
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sloppy, silly writing. The voices of The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and Clara (Jenna Coleman) were in no way captured here. Lots and lots of typos as well.
Charles Mitchell
easy fun read, first of a trilogy. I'm excited to read the next one, which is in the mail on the way 😀😁😀
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Una McCormack is a British writer and the author of several Star Trek novels and stories.

She has also written a number of Doctor Who novels and short stories.

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Doctor Who: The Glamour Chronicles (3 books)
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