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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 9 Jun. 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004LSXQ0I
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Top Customer Reviews
It runs for two hundred and forty four pages and is divided into nineteen chapters plus a prologue.
The main characters are well captured with dialogue that you can imagine them saying on tv.
The subject matter is suitable for readers of all ages.
The prologue introduces us to two rather different Americans back in the 1970's. A scientist and a soldier.
Then when the first chapter starts the TARDIS brings the Doctor and his friends to a small American town called Appletown, in the early 1980's.
There's clearly something very strange going on there, and more to the inhabitants than meets the eyes. When things start to get out of control and Amy and Rory have to run for their lives, the Doctor needs to save them. Trouble is, his personal time stream has suddenly become rather different...
Although as mentioned the subject matter is suitable for readers of all ages, the plotting here is pretty clever and ratheer complex with it, so some readers might struggle a bit. Particularly with the way that the Doctor's sections fit in with everyone else's. Chapters and scenes will use different viewpoint characters. Sometimes the Doctor. Sometimes Amy and Rory. And sometimes the two Americans. The latter two character's scenes do gradually fill in the back story of what is going on here. Which does end up being quite interesting. The two do become fully rounded and strong characters who are quite good to read about.
Amy and Rory are absent for a lot of the narrative as a result.Read more ›
The Doctor and his companions quickly realise there is something wrong with the whole set up and the truth about the residents and the town emerges from a set of well juxtaposed chapters that move between the present and the past, where a brilliant scientist is challenging the boundaries of computing capability
The storyline quickly turns nasty and as the Doctor battles to use the TARDIS to avert Armageddon 'timely wimey' stuff happens and the Doctor finds himself moving backwards through time. His understanding of time, cause and effect and consequences really show him at his Time Lord best.
Amy and Rory as ever provide near escapes from peril and the gentle humour of their relationship, Amy striding forwards heedlessly into action, Rory desperately trying to save her.
I loved this story with its mind bending themes of time and relativity combined with fast paced action, skilful depiction of human characters and their motivations, and of course saving the world (again!) with comic timing.
Colorado, 1981. The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Appletown - an idyllic village in the remote American desert where the townsfolk go peacefully about their suburban routines. But when two more strangers arrive, things begin to change. The first is a mad scientist - whose warnings are cut short by an untimely and brutal death. The second is the Doctor...
As death falls from the sky, the Doctor is trapped. The TARDIS is damaged, and the Doctor finds he is living backwards through time. With Amy and Rory being hunted through the suburban streets of the Doctor's own future and getting farther away with every passing second, he must unravel the secrets of Appletown before time runs out...
A thrilling, all-new time travel adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.
It starts off innocently enough: The Doctor, Amy, and Rory land in an idyllic little American village - in the middle of the desert. Naturally, not everything is as it seems, and soon, a nuclear bomb threatens to destroy them all... and that's where it gets complicated. Really complicated. Because as a result of his attempt to stop the bomb from exploding, the Doctor finds himself living backwards through time - literally experiencing the world in reverse.
It's hard to say much more without giving away too much of the plot, but I can say that the writer did a good job capturing the characters. The Doctor is very definitely the Eleventh Doctor, and Amy and Rory's relationship is characterized well - especially Rory's voice is spot on. The couple's role in the story isn't all that big, their function mainly that of the traditional Doctor Who companion - getting in trouble and needing to be rescued by the Doctor - but they handle themselves well, especially considering what they're up against.
It's the Doctor's backwards journey through time, however, that makes up the meat of the story. And a fascinating journey it is. Again, it's difficult to say more without giving away the plot, but the writer took a mind-boggling concept and managed to present it very clearly and believably. It really explores the kind of problems you would run into if you were living through time in the opposite direction from everyone else - like how to communicate with someone when their responses precede your words!
This really is a fascinating book. I keep finding myself picking it back up again and again to reread my favourite parts. If there was ever a story that really should have been a tv episode, it's this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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was a great read but a bit short. would of loved it to have been a bit longer but still a good read for fans of the... Read more
"Nuclear Time" manages to bring a new idea into the time travel element of the Who universe, as the Doctor finds himself running backwards through time in ways he can't control. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2010 by Stuart Bruce
I read this novel twice. This was not because I enjoyed it so much that I had to go back for a second helping, though. Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2010 by Foggy Tewsday