DOCTOR WHO: ROYAL BLOOD by Una McCormack
BBC Books, h/b, £6.99
Reviewed by Matthew Johns
Another novel in the Doctor Who Glamour Chronicles series, this sees the Twelfth Doctor (aka the grumpy Scottish one) and Clara visit the crumbling city-state of Varuz. Threatened with invasion, the ruling Duke seeks the Doctor’s blessing for one final battle believing him to be a holy man. Meanwhile Clara finds herself caught up in court intrigue as she is recruited by the Duke’s wife to try to broker a peace deal.
Mid-way through, this becomes Doctor Who and the Quest for the Holy Grail as a mysterious knight claiming to be Lancelot turns up and recruits the knights of the city-state in his quest for the legendary grail. Sadly, no sign of the Knights Who Say Ni, but it is still an entertaining twist.
This excellent novel sees the Doctor still in his unempathetic alien mode, needing Clara to help him be accepted within society. Capaldi’s Doctor has proven to be very divisive among Whovians, so this may not be to everyone’s tastes, but it is still an enjoyable, action-packed read with mysterious alien technology aplenty, and the gentle humour that can often be found within Doctor Who.