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, Amy and Rory 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… And next come the gunships. The battle for possession of the treasure has begun, and only the Doctor and his friends 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?
And also available: the Science Fiction Foundation’s collection of essays The Unsilent Library: Essays on the Russell T Davies Era of new Doctor Who. Eds. Simon Bradshaw, Tony Keen, and Graham Sleight, with a foreword by Rob Shearman – and with an essay on “Gridlock” and Messianic themes in RTD’s era by me. More on the contents here; buy from Amazon.
The return of Doctor Who to regular TV production after many years of absence has proven to be one of the BBC’s greatest successes of the last decade. To a great extent this is down to the distinctive re-invention of the programme by its chief writer and executive producer, Russell T. Davies, and the group of writers – many, like him, long-term Who fans – he assembled. The Unsilent Library examines the storytelling style and techniques of the first five years of the New Doctor Who. Ten in-depth critical essays explore how its writers have updated a series with a history stretching back five decades to stand in the forefront of contemporary science fiction drama.