In the city-state of Hokesh, time plays tricks; the present is unreliable,
impossible to intimate. A derelict street child, Joey Quine, finds
himself subject to horrifying visions
and fugues. His only friend in this, the only one to whom he can
turn for help, is a mysterious stranger
who calls herself Ace. And in an unknowable future the Doctor is
busily inciting a state of bloody
unrest, on the basis that one must be cruel to be kind -
simultaneously, for preference.
An alleyway leading off the Plaza of Spinning Lights, Hokesh City, later
timezone (page 20).
Inside No. 57 Pauper's Gate, earlier timezone (at least it looks like
it's the TARDIS on page 46, it's a little unclear).
The bedchamber of Magnus Solaris, later timezone (page 85).
Near the statues of the Dead Gods, earlier timezone (page 90).
Pg 67 "I mean, I've been around, but that was mostly knocking around in
spaceport bars and stuff." Dragonfire, presumably.
Pg 78 "She waggled the smooth, metallic club she held and grinned. It
was used for playing a ball game, she had explained" This is the baseball
bat from Remembrance of the Daleks (meaning this adventure must take place
before then, as it was destroyed in that story).
Pg 95"A patron deity - rather like those of a city with which I was
once, I seem to recall, quite familiar. A pair of giants named Gog and
Magog." These are two Great Old Ones, who have appeared in the comic
strip. In Divided Loyalties, it's mentioned that the Time Lords have files
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
- The Doctor definitely has a umbrella on page 21 (that he carries like a
"Smith" (who admittedly may not be the Doctor) is carrying a cane on page
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
- Either Smith isn't the Doctor after all, or he's swapped the umbrella for
a cane at some point. Or Joey doesn't know what an umbrella is.
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
Dracori, the original inhabitants of the planet, with several hundred eyes
Sloater, when transformed, has a thousand temporary mouths and orifices
on the surface of his flesh.
The City itself is a living creature.
Hokesh City, in a variety of timezones, all in the distant future.
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
Citadel of Dreams is an excellent novella, perfectly suited to the format.
Dave Stone's distinctive voice is used well, but not overdone and the
shorter page length helps enormously. The fact that there's only one
additional character doesn't hurt the book at all, even when the Doctor
and Ace are absent from large parts of the book. It gets a little
confusing in places (I'm still not sure if "Smith" is the Doctor or not),
but it's eminently readable. Highly recommended.