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An original Doctor Who novel. Telling an all new story for the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory that hasn't appeared before in any other format. This is set somewhere in between the episodes 'Vampires of Venice' and 'The Hungry Earth.'

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.

Everything does come together quite nicely in the end, though.

The complexities of the structure of the narrative do mean this really is a book you will have to work hard at at times, but it is ultimately rather memorable and worth the effort.
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on 2 July 2013
A strange departure from the normal situations in this series, in that there are no hero children, no monsters and no innocent community to save. Instead it is scientists experimenting with artificial intelligence, robotics and the cold war. For that it is more tense and unpredictable. It also had a large section which was very original and clever, playing with the time travel idea - with the doctor running backwards in time. I'll admit I couldn't get my head around it - though it would be fun for a couple of paragraphs, there seemed to be inconsistencies in dialogue, and it got too complicated, especially when he began jumping backwards for short periods and replaying parts with different actions which then changed scenes which you had seen that occur before/after the change. In the end it spoilt the book for me.
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on 12 May 2016
This is one of several early Eleventh Doctor novels that are set in America. This time the Tardis visits a small Colorado town in the middle of the desert far from normal civilisation; and the town of Appletown is far from normal. Soon Amy and Rory are trapped by killer robots and the Doctor is living backwards through time as he attempts to prevent a nuclear explosion.

Overall the story is a bit dull, relying too heavily on ‘timey-wimey’ elements that really aren’t that intriguing. Any mystery the story has is diffused fairly early on. The whole moving backwards and talking backwards is more irritating than entertaining. It seems it is intended to be humorous but it doesn’t really work. There are touches of ‘The Stepford Wives’ and Oppenheimer to the story which pique some interest. There are also some loosely plotted conspiracy elements. The credibility of the premise is a bit dubious as it relies on whether you believe the American government would actually drop a bomb on Colorado. This isn’t helped by having no one behind events appear in the novel so that we understand their motivations.

Neither Amy nor Rory have much of a role; which is a shame considering that this is the first novel to feature Rory. Whilst the Doctor is living events backwards they are conveniently left stranded in Appletown achieving nothing and doing very little. In fact, they are seemingly ignored for a large section during the middle of the book whilst they are trapped in a room. When they are featured they seem badly characterised, not really fitting their onscreen counterparts and saying words and phrases you wouldn’t expect them to.

In many ways they seem to be replace by soldier and scientist=, Geoff and Albert. The author spends much more time developing them into believable, rounded characters that evoke sympathy, and does a good job of it. The novel becomes more their story than either the doctor’s, Amy’s or Rory’s, who they don’t have a great deal of interaction with.
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VINE VOICEon 5 December 2014
Matt Smith's 11th Doctor Who, Amy and Rory arrive in the strange settlement of Appletown, somewhere in the American desert. It is a community of suburban houses with neat gardens and genteel people, incongruous with the harsh setting.

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.
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on 14 April 2013
'My watch is running backwards.'

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.
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on 6 August 2010
This is one amazing read. Intricately crafted, this is a story that toys with the concepts of time and cause and effect in a way that would make even Steven Moffat's head spin!

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.
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VINE VOICEon 3 September 2010
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. No, the reason for the repeat was that I found the narrative too complicated to cope with first time around. Unfortunately, the second attempt proved to be just as confusing. The source of my bewilderment is the Doctor's yo-yo time line in this story.

Now, I know that this novel has received a good number of favourable reviews, and I'm perfectly happy to accept that the fault for my bemusement is my own: plenty of other readers have not had a problem with the story's non-linear structure.

Albert is a very clever man. At the novel's opening, 1973, the fruits of his labours are about to become apparent: artificial intelligence, and, further down the line, the advent of the android and robot assassins. But when one assassination on foreign soil turns into a massacre, the order is given for the androids' destruction. And it's this event that gives rise to the Doctor's skewed race against time, and where the muddle in my head begins.

It's a shame that I have this issue with the novel because otherwise it's very well written, particularly Albert's character. His emotional attachment to one of the androids and the isolation imposed on him by the military make him seem both psychotic and vulnerable. Amy and Rory don't get much of a look in, but their dialogue fits in well with their television personas.

Oli Smith has also dabbled with an out of sync time line for the Doctor in the enjoyable audio story The Runaway Train. That story's plot was far less convoluted and the time line aspect was an unnecessary adjunct.
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"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. It's a very interesting new twist that leads to a very complicated but understandable story, that doesn't patronise the reader with over-explanation and which might have you skipping back through the pages to double-check things, which in my opinion isn't a bad thing, though younger readers might get a little confused.

The rest of the story- the US Government trying to destroy their own prototypes of androids disguised as humans as they are too successful and too deadly- is more straightforward and runs a little bit like a Third Doctor story, with plastic men coming to life and a struggle between a brilliant scientist Albert and closed-minded military man Geoff.

Amy and Rory don't make much of an appearance, which again works well as they're not needed, as we concentrate on the Doctor coming to terms with being hurled around time without his TARDIS.
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on 4 June 2015
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on 16 July 2010
`My watch is running backwards.'
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...

One of the best books out of the lot, and will have you guessing and guessing about
whats going on! I love all the books, and i recommend this book, and all the others to any
doctor who fan!
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