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Doctor Who The Wheel Of Ice (2nd Doctor Novel) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Stephen Baxter , David Troughton
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16 Aug 2012 Doctor Who
The Wheel. A ring of ice and steel turning around a moon of Saturn, and home to a mining colony supplying a resource-hungry Earth. It's a bad place to grow up. The colony has been plagued by problems. Maybe it's just gremlins, just bad luck. But the equipment failures and thefts of resources have been increasing, and there have been stories among the children of mysterious creatures glimpsed aboard the Wheel. Many of the younger workers refuse to go down the warren-like mines anymore. And then sixteen-year-old Phee Laws, surfing Saturn's rings, saves an enigmatic blue box from destruction. Aboard the Wheel, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe find a critical situation - and they are suspected by some as the source of the sabotage. They soon find themselves caught in a mystery that goes right back to the creation of the solar system. A mystery that could kill them all.

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  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; Unabridged edition (16 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445898039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445898032
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 13.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,183 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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From master of science fiction Stephen Baxter, a thrilling new adventure featuring the Second Doctor. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Stephen Baxter is one of the UK's most acclaimed writers of science fiction and a multi-award winner. His many books include the classic Xeelee sequence, the Time's Odyssey novels (written with Arthur C. Clarke) and Time Ships, a sequel to H G Wells' The Time Machine. He lives in Northumberland.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Original Doctor Who Novel For Years. 25 July 2012
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wheelie nice 2 Sep 2012
By R. C. McGinlay VINE VOICE
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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), "The Invasion" (the Cybermen and UNIT) and "
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Second Doctor Audiobook. 24 Nov 2013
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars In Space no-one can hear you.......
So this is an adventure with the 2nd Doctor, Jamie & Zoe. While I have seen a wee bit of the 2nd Doctor both companions are while not unknown new to me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by AJ Nijveen
5.0 out of 5 stars DrWhoWheel
BNrilliantly contrived story, so far, only part way through but enjoying it. As usual a great storyline even though they are old characters (Jamie, Zoe).
Published 4 months ago by Bob Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars very exciting
I loved the book-read it, Dr Who rules! The story is very exciting hard to put the book down, read!
Published 4 months ago by trine folkman
1.0 out of 5 stars Get the harvest of time instead
They should have had Terrence Dickson write a special the book is very descriptive but nothing happens I can see why the price was reduced!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars new 2nd dr story
New original story featuring the 2nd Dr and read by his son David troughton.
An excellent story worth the purchase.
Published 8 months ago by MR DEAN FLETCHER
4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful
Hard SF author Stephen Baxter clearly loves the second Doctor,Jamie and Zoe and enhances the 21st century future history of the series 1960s stories with a highly enjoyable tale of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Borusa
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable romp
The setting wasn't as exciting as I felt it could have been, but it was an interesting concept. I enjoyed being in the company of the Doctor, but got a bit bored when it was just... Read more
Published 9 months ago by thed0dgydancer
3.0 out of 5 stars Wheel Meet Again
This is a book about social order. As usual with Baxter it is strong on temporal ideas (the lure across time, the mechanical Scot) while being a little clunky on the emotional side... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Freelancer Frank
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great.
I did enjoy this but I think Jamie's accent drove me insane! Still good story and excellent characterisation. Perhaps for Doctor Who Fans only? Read more
Published 10 months ago by TARDIS Traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars More like it please
I really loved this. I especially liked the references to things in the current incarnations. Overall a great story and great value. Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. J. Roberts
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