Doctor Who: Dreams of Empire
Who is the man in the mask, and how are his chess games affecting life and death in his prison? What is the secret of the knights in armor that line the bleak walls of the settlement. And what is the nature of the alien ship approa...more
This book was fantastic! I loved every minute of reading it! Not only was it a great book for Doctor Who fans, but just in general I found the story very engaging and interesting. The writing was direct and clear, and easy to follow.
"It's always best to argue from a position of knowledge."
Despite being somewhat of a newbie to the Doctor Who f ...more
Jamie and Victoria do feel a bit sidelined at times (the story probably would have held its own as a companion lite tale). I did get a bit lost with the numerous secondary characters, many of which didn't have much depth to them. I liked the twist towards the end.
This is quite achievement, as the author points out in his introduction, because Troughton’s Doctor’s deeper side was portrayed through his expressive face much more than in novel friendly dialogue.
However the book also succeeds in being equally successful in replicating two the TV show’s most common plot flaw ...more
I'm sort of lost on the context with which to judge this book like. Should I compare it to Doctor Who serials? Audios? To other books, DW or no? In any case, for any of them, I think it's solid and I had a lot of fun reading it. It made me genuinely invested in the one off supporting cast, which definitely speaks to its standalone worth as a book, and the characterization of the Doctor and co. wasn't that off. The setting was really rich and cool and it reminds me that while DW is g ...more
This novel, I'm not sure about. I think the characterization is a little clunky. As fanfiction, it'd be great. As published work, I'm not sure.
However, it's fun. I enjoyed reading it enough to read it cover to cover. I'd recommend it if you're looking for something fun.
One of the challenges, Justin Richard's writes, is how this Doct ...more
This is the book selected to feature the Second Doctor. I don’t know this one very well - his thing was periodically pulling out a recorder (musical instrument) and play a bit while he is thinking. His companions for the adventure are Jamie and Victoria. I believe I saw one tele ...more
Other things I liked, the chess motif. The concept of a society having to live with the choices it’s made in genesis. Jamie and Victoria being adorable. It was just a fun read! Cer ...more
Maybe if I was more of a chess player I might have gotten more out of it. Plus the idea of the intelligent robot VETACs were really cool.
That said the intrigue really seemed to pick up towards the end and I was happier w ...more
The Haddron Republic has just ended a mighty civil war. One of their leaders, Kesar, took it upon himself to make the Republic an Empire. His Empire. Though his dreams were destroyed by his childhood friend Trayx. They fought a mighty war and in the end Trayx was victorious. Kesar was sentenced to imprisoned exile among the stars. Kesar and his remaining loyal followers would live on ...more
It's incredible how well Justin Richards depicted Two's body language and facial expressions which change all the time so much??
The story was really good, space Romans, robots, conspiracies and the Doctor with his companions in the middle of it all - beautiful.
"Dreams of Empire" by Justin Richards follows the second Doctor and his companions, Jamie and Victoria, to a prison in space where a very powerful man is being held prisoner. This man holds sway of an entire empire. His enemies want him dead. His friends want him to lead the Empire. Someone has been mysteriously murdered in the prison, and it's up to the Doctor to discover who is friend and who is traitor.
This b ...more