a real world point of view
|The Art of Destruction|
|Main enemy:||Valnaxi, Golems, Wurms|
|Main setting:||Africa, 2118|
|Release date:||21 September 2006|
|Format:||Hardcover, 255 pages|
|BBC New Series Adventures|
|The Nightmare of Black Island||The Price of Paradise|
The Art of Destruction was the fifth Tenth Doctor novel released.
Publisher’s summary Edit
The TARDIS lands in 22nd century Africa in the shadow of a dormant volcano. Agri-teams are growing new foodstuffs in the baking soil to help feed the world's starving millions – but the Doctor and Rose have detected an alien signal somewhere close by.
When a nightmare force starts surging along the dark volcanic tunnels, the Doctor realises an ancient trap has been sprung. But who was it meant for? And what is the secret of the eerie statues that stand at the heart of the volcano?
Dragged into a centuries-old conflict, Rose and the Doctor are soon elevating survival to an art form – as ancient, alien hands practice arts of destruction all around them...
- Tenth Doctor
- Rose Tyler
- Solomon Nabarr
- Edet Fynn
- Jaxamillian Faltato
- King Ottak
- Knight-Major Korr
- Valnaxi Council
- Fynn used dead human bodies to produce a fungus which he hoped would cultivate food. Davros used the patients of Tranquil Repose to produce food for a galaxy in famine. (TV: Revelation of the Daleks)
- The Valnaxi rebuilt themselves from humans and hid under a volcano. Tthe Pyroviles have also done these things. (TV: The Fires of Pompeii)
- Faltato, a spiky creature, with a fat neck, pincers for hands and a multitude of legs. It has long bristly eyelashes around five piggy eyes
- Wurms, worm-like creatures with special attachments on stubby arms and no legs, about the size of a baby elephant.
- This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.
- The Eighth Doctor previously encountered a different kind of golem in Germany in December 1827. (AUDIO: The Beast of Orlok)
- There is a mention to the Krillitanes (TV: School Reunion) and the Kilbracken technique (TV: The Invisible Enemy)
Audio release Edit
- The story was released as an audiobook on 2x CD read by Don Warrington.
- The audiobook is also available as a download from the AudioGo website.
- Detailed synopsis of The Art of Destruction at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Art of Destruction at The Whoniverse