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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (16 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849901821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849901826
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the UK, US, Germany, and Japan. Born in 1957 he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. He lives in Northumberland with his wife.

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"Not just an excellent Doctor Who book, The Wheel of Ice is a first-rate science fiction novel which cements Baxter’s reputation as one of our leading contemporary genre authors... The AudioGo novelisation goes one step further than the book by having Patrick Troughton’s actor son David as the reader... he’s the perfect choice for this story, and brings Baxter’s tale to life in a way other talents may not have achieved." (http://www.thecomet.net) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From master of science fiction Stephen Baxter, a thrilling new adventure featuring the Second Doctor.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Scott Fraser VINE VOICE on 25 July 2012
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After having spent the last seven years having to make do with Doctor Who books that a two year old wouldn't find challenging, it's finally back to the subject matter that made the books such a success in the first place, the classic series.

The Virgin and BBC ranges of the '90's were the pinnacle of the Doctor Who novel and The Wheel of Ice fits that tonal feel that those prior books had.

A couple of years ago it was decided to do a series of hardback novels based on Doctor Who that were written by more mainstream science fiction authors, rather than the usual group that were used in the past. They have had mixed results because the authors have fallen into the trap of using hard sci fi concepts and shoehorning the Doctor and co into them, in short, they are not really Doctor Who books at all, despite being well written.

This one is different. It actually feels like the era in which it is set, Troughton's final year.

I'm not going to go into plot, as I hate spoilers and I'm sure most people do too. But briefly, the story is set on a moon within the rings of Saturn, where by there's a human colony set up to mine for minerals. The story is set in the late 21st Century, so the technology of the humans is very much in the dank, dark and fairly primitive stage rather than Star Trek' Enterprise high tech look. The TARDIS has been brought here by a temporal disaster that is somehow linked to an amulet that is worn by a sixteen year old girl, which has been in her family for centuries. There's sabotage and murder on a regular basis and the base has been infiltrated by a race known as the Blue Dolls, whose existance is denied by the authorities.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. C. McGinlay VINE VOICE on 2 Sept. 2012
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What do you get if you cross "The Wheel in Space" with "The Ice Warriors"? "The Wheel Warriors"? Nope. "The Ice in Space"? Try again. "The Space Warriors"? No, silly - it's "The Wheel of Ice", of course!

Following on from "Shada", BBC Books gives us another chunky hardback featuring a classic series Doctor, and this time it's a completely original novel rather than a novelisation - the first such publication since 2005! The TARDIS crew on this occasion is from the end of the 1960s monochrome era: the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe. I must be honest and say that Stephen Baxter's dialogue for the Doctor often does not sound much like Patrick Troughton to me, though the general characterisation is correct: compassionate, but with a hard-edged streak when the situation demands it. Jamie and Zoe come across well, though the former's accent is stronger than it tended to be on television.

The author throws in numerous casual references to aspects of the "Doctor Who" universe, particularly from Zoe's time aboard the TARDIS. There are allusions to "The Wheel In Space" (the fuel source bernalium is a major plot point, and meson shields and the Pull Back to Earth movement are also mentioned), "The Mind Robber" (the surface of Titan reminds Jamie of the landscape of the Land of Fiction, and Zoe recalls the comic-strip adventures of the Karkus), "
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. I. McCulloch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2012
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I loved this book and I'm not even a huge Dr Who fan. Well, not of the current Doctor. As a small-ish child one of my first TV crushes was Jamie McCrimmon, (Frazer Hines), the Second Doctor's Scottish assistant, and I suspect I wasn't alone. I remember being particularly upset when Jamie was returned to Earth with his memory wiped and no chance of a comeback with the Third Doctor. He's here again with his character intact. Woo-hoo! Stephen Baxter has recreated his voice, along with Patrick Troughton's and Wendy Padbury's. I suppose I should mention them...
What lifts this above the usual TV-tie in is the sheer quality of the writing. Stephen Baxter is a fine sci-fi writer and this book is completely outside the cliche-ridden formulaic Doctor books of recent years (I buy those for my grandchildren.)
The story itself is a real page-turner, it's difficult to describe it without inserting spoilers. We're on an alien world, with our heroes under siege... it's classic.
Older children will appreciate this, but this is definitely in the adult /cross-over category. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Nov. 2013
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Stephen Baxter delivers a real page turning adventure thats been adapted to audiobook form & is narrated by the son of Second Doctor Who actor Patrick Troughton.

The plot features The Second Doctor as the tardis averting crashing into Saturn but is saved with the help of a 16 year old Surfer whom is surfing on the Saturn rings who's name is Phee laws.

This adventure involves the planet Saturn in the late 21st century, A mining colony & strange creatures seen by children on a wheel that are rumoured to have been seen.

The Tardis is drawn to a strange Amulet worn on the arm of a 16 year old girl but what is the connection here that links it to the tardis?

The younger workers refuse to go down the mines of fear of being attacked & there colonys equipment is being sabotaged & thefts of the colonys resources have started going missing.

As well as sabotage & missing resources there is murder being commited by a invasion of the Blue Dolls but the blame for these event's is blamed upon The Doctor, Jamie & Zoe whom seek to investigate this mystery that may have in fact originated at the beginning of Saturn's creation which the Doctor concludes is becoming a critical situation that could in fact kill them all.

This is your typical Second Doctor base under siege story adding mystery & intrigue by author Stephen Baxter whom captures the essence of the Second Doctor era quite well.

This is superbly narrated by Patrick Troughton son David who captures his dads mannerisms exceptionally well.

The audiobook is a exellent adaption of the Novel by that keeps the listener intrigued thought most of this adventure.

There are a few part's were the pace drags a little but it's to be expected from a big story that this is.

Overall this is a great if unoriginal adventure, Whether you read the novel or listen to the audiobook this is recommended to fans of Doctor Who audiobooks.
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