The Coronation of the High Hierophant
New chapter: seven of eight
“Those people are gravely mistaken who imagine that all this is mere ceremony.” —Louis XIV, Le Roi-Soleil
Story: On a human colony where Baroque France and classical Rome are so far in Earth’s legendary past that both are mined for “wisdom of the ancients,” the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa are swept into a fantastic world of pageantry, allegory, advanced gravitational engineering, dance and court intrigue.
The Doctor believes Nyssa has found true love. Nyssa believes she has found someone who needs their help. When the Doctor leaves Nyssa to her new life, she’s forced to embrace the masquerade far more deeply than she had intended. And the Web of Time may seal her fate.
Tags: fairytales · trope subversion · graysexuality · queer characters