Sun, 1 June 2014
It’s seems like so vile a sin that we’ve done 40 episodes without ever reading a book by Kate Orman, so this month we do just that: it’s the Virgin New Adventure The Room with No Doors featuring the Seventh Doctor and Chris. From the back cover:
‘Dear Doctor,’ wrote Chris, ‘I give up.’
Swordplay, samurai, magic, aliens, adventure, excitement…Who needs them?
The Doctor and Chris travel to sixteenth-century Japan, a country gripped by civil war as feudal lords vie for control. Anything could tip the balance of power. So when a god falls out of the sky, everyone wants it.
As villagers are healed and crops grow far too fast, the Doctor and Chris try to find the secret of the miracles – before two rival armies can start a war over who owns the god.
Chris soon finds himself alone – except for an alien slaver, a time-traveling Victorian inventor, a gang of demons, an old friend with suspicious motives, a village full of innocent bystanders, and several thousand samurai.
Without the Doctor, someone has to take up the challenge of adventure and stop the god falling into the wrong hands. Someone has to be a hero – but Chris isn’t sure he wants to be a hero any more.
Orman has written just over a dozen novels for the different ranges, including one for Telos Publishing and another in Virgin’s series of Benny Summerfield novels. It’s notable that she became the first female writer in the series with the debut of The Left-Handed Hummingbird.
Sit back, relax, pour yourself a thimbleful of sake, and listen in as we discuss The Room with No Doors.
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