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Arriving on the almost impossibly ancient planet of Hyspero, a world where magic and danger walk hand in hand, the Doctor and Sam are caught up in a bizarre struggle for survival.Hyspero has been ruled for thousands of years by the Scarlet Empresses, creatures of dangerous powers -- powers that a member of the Doctor's own race is keen to possess herself; the eccentric timArriving on the almost impossibly ancient planet of Hyspero, a world where magic and danger walk hand in hand, the Doctor and Sam are caught up in a bizarre struggle for survival.Hyspero has been ruled for thousands of years by the Scarlet Empresses, creatures of dangerous powers -- powers that a member of the Doctor's own race is keen to possess herself; the eccentric time traveler and philanderer Iris Wildthyme.The Doctor and Sam themselves must escape the clutches of the dying Scarlet Empress, and they encounter many strange creatures on their travels -- bearded ladies, humanoid mock turtles, transvestite cyborgs and many more -- but in a land where the magical is possible, is anything really as it seems?...

Title : Doctor Who: The Scarlet Empress
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ISBN : 9780563405955
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 283 Pages
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Doctor Who: The Scarlet Empress Reviews

  • Leilani
    2019-02-26 03:50

    I don't know how anyone could not like this book. (Except for Sam, she's ... more tiresome than I remember.) It's a magical-realism-absurdist adventure that blends myth and a bit of camp and the Eighth Doctor being perfectly himself. Iris Wildthyme is a fascinating new character, here at least, and her bus is ridiculously fun, and I loved every page. Not all tie-in novels should be like this, obviously, but what a magnificent way to make the most of the form! If you're going to read just one pre-Fitz Eighth Doctor Adventure, this should be it.

  • F.R.
    2019-03-03 05:48

    So here we have the Doctor Who novel as post-modern magic realism.I’ve made this point before, but it really is worth reiterating: the Doctor Who format genuinely and absolutely allows the writer to do anything. At its most basic it’s a mad man in a box who travels through space and time, but that’s such a loose and elastic format it opens the door to virtually any possible story. From comic romps to gothic horror to love stories to examinations of society – in Doctor Who all things are possible. And here Paul Magrs gives it the full on post-modern literary experience.In his afterward Magrs makes clear that for him the novelizations of Doctor Who were far more important to him than the TV series. The TV show was a creaky BBC production, while the books – because they required imagination, rather than shaky sets in Shepherd’s Bush – truly stretched the mind. His love and belief in the importance of the written word seeps into every page of his first Doctor Who novel, and as such this is a book impossible to ever imagine translated into TV form. Much more science fantasy than science fiction, it includes mock turtles, guards made of glass, a whale who saves the day by swallowing everyone and story-hungry talking birds. But more than that, it includes shifting perspectives, unreliable narration and the full bag of post-modern literary tricks. Written in what were the then the post TV series era (after the failed Paul McGann film), this is a book which is consciously and deliberately post the TV show.The Doctor and his companion Sam arrive in the bazaar city Hyspero on a planet also called Hyspero. After finding a kidnapped lizard man, the two encounter Iris Wildthyme, another renegade Timelord, whose Tardis is a London bus that’s slightly smaller on inside than it is on the out. She’s on a quest to bring together a once legendary group of mutant crimefighers, which The Scarlet Empress, the terrifying ruler who keeps Hyspero in a fearsome grip, demands to see. From there the book riffs on The X Man, Alice in Wonderland, Star Wars and many other texts. Putting them all in a blender with Doctor Who itself and whizzing it around to create a fresh and bizarre poo-pourri.Some people will undoubtedly consider this book poncy and full of itself, indeed this book wears its ponciness of full of itselfness with pride, but I actually liked the ponciness and full of itselfness. If you’ve been an English literature student and have done all that textual analysis and deconstruction and often quite up itself shit, then a book like this can’t help but entrain you. Where it annoyed was in being so ponderous. This is a novel whose playful self-importance means that it sometimes loses itself in admiration of its own wonder and the reader can only drum his fingers impatiently waiting for the plot to push on.So not a perfect book, but to the right mindset, an intriguing and frequently amusing book. And in Iris Wildthyme was have a truly fantastic character, a walking feminist, high-camp, textual deconstruction of The Doctor, who in her spiky forthrightness is more than just a symbol, but a wonderfully alive and realised character herself.

  • N
    2019-03-15 05:33

    The second appearance of Iris Wildthyme in Doctor Who, after her grand entrance in "Old Flames". I adore the vivid magic realism of this story, slipping into fourth wall commentary every couple of pages. The Doctor is his usual self, Iris gets some fantastic development, and the side characters are all fascinating. Also, as usual in Iris Wildthyme stories, a lot of the characters are queer — even the Doctor's gender and orientation are discussed by the other characters, which was still pretty much unheard of back when this was written. Sam sort of falls by the wayside in this novel, though, and she's apparently gone through some changes off-screen that I would have loved to see described in detail. She drinks now? She steals for fun? She eats meat without making a fuss? Either she's done some more growing up since "Seeing I", or the girl with black hair sitting at the back of her mind is becoming more prominent — in either case, I wish the book would have actually addressed these changes. The style is very loose, cartoonish and grand, with Paul explaining in his afterword that he wanted to evoke the old Target novelisations. It's quite a bit more in the direction of "Alien Bodies" than other Eighth Doctor Adventures, which I very much appreciate, but lighter and more carefree in tone. Overall, a nice adventure that pushes the boundaries in a very fun way.

  • Tosh Reed
    2019-03-19 02:53

    This was one of the strangest Doctor Who stories I have ever read. It took me a bit to get into it but it was worth it!

  • Maya Panika
    2019-03-20 06:59

    Paul Magrs is, without doubt, my favourite Who author. His sweeps of fancy – more fantasy than SciFi – are visionary, with a richness of detail that’s rare in the EDA’s and truly brings his landscapes to life.Iris – you either love her or hate her. I think he overuses her in later books - they are supposed to be about The Doctor, after all and at times, you do start to wonder who the star of Magrs show is - but here, where we first meet her, he gets the balance just right. His fellow Time Lord is gloriously amoral, Machiavellian; utterly unpredictable and untrustworthy and an absolute joy.Magrs world-building is multi-layered with just enough description to make it alive and real, but not so much that the story is lost in a welter of drifting metaphor. A pre-Fitz, Sam EDA I can wholeheartedly recommend. That’s not something you hear everyday.

  • Michael
    2019-03-18 06:36

    'This whole thing is enough like being stuck in some ghastly zen parable without your making it even worse.' I couldn't have put it better myself. I like a little bit of continuity with my books but I also like a bit of book with my continuity. I could probably go on all day about how bad this was. What was all that with the lamb at the start or did the author just wake up one morning thinking he was Clive Barker only to come to the conclusion by dinner time that he wasn't. This was the last of the series that I actually paid cash for. I decided after reading this one that the series wasn't producing enough gems for me to continue supporting it. I always buy books from series that I hope will keep producing (I still shell out for the missing adventures quite happily) but I've now become indifferent to the fate of this line. So out comes the trusty old library card.

  • Nicholas Whyte
    2019-02-24 07:46

    This is the first of Magrs' Doctor Who novels, and also the first to feature the peculiar Iris Wildthyme, who claims to be a the Doctor's girlfriend from the old days in Gallifrey, driving around in a Tardis in the shape of a double-decker London bus. I find Magrs a bit variable but this was a good start to his Who career, a quest narrative set on the peculiar magical planet of Hyspero, with everyone looking for their own particular goals, including a couple of additional companions picked up on the way. The Doctor/Sam relationship is back on form, and the Doctor's dynamic with Iris - combined irritation and affection - works rather well. Having said which, as with all quest narratives, it's a bit episodic and the end doesn't quite flow from the middle. But after a couple of less impressive Eighth Doctor adventures I feel the series was getting back on form here.

  • Em
    2019-02-23 06:49

    This book seemed so promising at first. It was well written, introduced a few fun new characters, and was off on the start of a wonderful adventure. The element of fantasy in the story didn't really bother me, at least . . . not until all the animals started talking. I don't like talking animals. Now, if the author had done a better job of inventing his aliens (instead of calling them Starfish, Bears, Birds, and Walruses, ect...) it would have been acceptable. But the whole host of talking fauna was slightly disturbing and completely unbelievable. The giant purple feminist telepathic starfish were particularly disturbing. I found myself wondering if Mr. Magrs was high wile he wrote. The end wasn't very satisfying. Overall, I still enjoyed the book because the Eighth Doctor was well-written, and the scenery was vivid and intriguing.

  • Nenya
    2019-03-06 00:59

    My first introduction to Iris Wildthyme! Some of the, idk, exotification of parts of the planet kind of bugged me, but I distinctly enjoyed all the times Eight got banged up, tore his clothing, got covered in soot, etc. The Scarlet Empress herself and her tattooed soldiers were certainly memorable, and Iris with her bus (the same size on the inside OH NOEZ!) was quite a character. Loved her regeneration at the end and the implication that there was some kind of attraction going on between her and Sam.

  • Ellie
    2019-03-07 03:41

    Fun, but a bit too... meta for me. I had an extremely hard time finishing this for some reason - it took me about two months of on-and-off slogging through a couple pages here and there. Also, I read this in physical form rather than as an ebook, and the text size was EXTREMELY SMALL. It hurt my eyes. I know that has nothing to do with the story itself, but it was really goddamn annoying, so I'm mentioning it here.

  • Angela
    2019-03-23 23:37

    The Doctor arrives on a planet and happens to bump into an old friend, Iris, a Timelord, who is on a quest. The Doctor decides to help and it all turns into an adventure road trip. This is fun, don't take it too seriously, its supposed to be a jolly old romp around a planet. There's no angst here and it introduces one of the best characters in the books. Iris, who claims to have versions of all the Doctors adventures. A very good read.

  • Levi Amichai
    2019-03-15 04:42

    I wanted to like this, but it was much too long and it really dragged in places. There are some scenes/moments that are worth it, but be prepared for a slog.The writing was shaky, in a needs-more-editor sense, and the vocabulary was completely out of control. (My writing also tends to be, er, magniloquent, and reading Scarlet Empress made me realize that it's actually a terrible habit I need to stomp.)

  • The Master
    2019-03-01 04:39

    Wonderfully bonkers. Magrs' brand of unabashed magical realism drops the Doctor and Sam in a visually arresting world that was like something conjured by Rushdie. Loved every twist and turn in this story, especially the scenes that were stolen by Iris Wildthyme, which was all of them. Bless her hearts!

  • Daniel Kukwa
    2019-03-23 23:53

    I'm not that big into the fantasy side of the geek world...but Paul Magrs' breathless, sweeping prose (almost) turns me into an unapologetic convert. The character of Iris Wildthyme is a creation for the ages -- thank god she returns in future Doctor Who novels and audio adventures.

  • Christopher Hatch
    2019-03-26 07:54

    Didn't do at lot for me. I prefer my sci-fi to be more sci-fi-ish and less fantastical.

  • Adam Highway
    2019-03-12 04:50

    I love Iris. I live Iris I really do, the whole idea. But this book is just awful ..... don't, just don't.