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If you can swallow the completely implausible geological setup for this story - a desert planet with an ice core (or at least a permafrost mantle) - it's rather a good tale of the politics of a citadel society under stress, as the monsters arise both from the icy depths and from the elders' own children; it's rather effective as a body-horror story in its own right, and there are some excellent character moments for Fitz (one of the greatest of Who companions), the Doctor and even Compassion. But I can't quite forgive the geology.

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tchernabyelo
Jul. 27th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Depends if "desert" = "hot". If not - and strictly the definition of desert is dry, not hot (there's a desert in Antarctica - indeed IIRC it vies with the Atacama for driest place on the planet) - then it's perhaps not entirely implausible to have all the water locked up as ice. But if this is the usual "desert = hot sandy place" then, no.

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