Doctor Who - The Clockwise Man (New Series Adventure 1) Hardcover – 19 May 2005
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Another thrilling time travel adventure with the Doctor – from the bestselling BBC Books Doctor Who fiction range --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Justin Richards is the Creative Consultant for the BBC's range of Doctor Who books, and has written a fair few of them himself. As well as writing for stage, screen and audio, he is also the author of The Invisible Detective and Time Runners series of novels for children, and Agent Alfie for younger readers.
As well as collaborating with thriller writer Jack Higgins, he writes standalone novels for older children including The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, and The Parliament of Blood.
Justin lives in Warwick, with his wife, two children and a nice view of the castle.
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The premise, concerning a disguised alien exiled on Earth being hunted down by his vengeful fellow aliens, isn't particularly original, but Richards fills the book with enough colourful characters and ideas - including infamous fictional Russian Revolution survivor Anastasia Romanov; mechanical clockwork men (including one machine who touchingly doesn't realize it isn't human); a masked killer; two men who each believe the other to be insane; a young would-be hero cursed with haemophilia; and the mysterious never-seen man who is locked away on the top floor of a London club - to keep things interesting. The novel as a whole is split into two distinct parts - the opening atmospheric build-up will be enjoyable for older readers who like a mystery, while younger readers looking for excitement may well be bored by the talky nature of the plot - while conversely the extended action-packed finale set atop Big Ben will be perfect for younger readers, while adults may find it starts to get a little shallow and tiresome after a few dozen pages of blow-by-blow action prose.
The Doctor and Rose both stay true to their TV characterisation, and pleasingly the Doctor seems a little more heroic here than the often peripheral character seen thus far in the new series.Read more ›
Sometimes the author has The Doctor trying too hard to match Chris Eccleston's screen persona; resulting in a breakdown of coherence in some of the narrative. There are also too many characters squeezed in at the start, however this group is fairly quickly diminished one way or another!
The hardback format is excellent - giving this range of books a more sophisticated and pleasing finish - the cover of 'The Clockwise Man' also scores highly, for the great look and accurate depictions of The Doctor and Rose (no squashed up faces and unrecognisable garments here!) The writer also makes much of The 9th Doctor's leather jacket and sonic screwdriver meaning the novel is definitely going to appeal to new fans as well as established 'Whovians'.
All-in-all the story is well-paced but a little overlong; it knows what it wants to be and is a definite improvement on the patchy 'Monsters Inside'. The Doctor is dead - Long live The Doctor!
The good news is that the Doctor and Rose come off extremely well on the printed page. The other characterisations are also adequate for their purpose in the story
The bad news is that despite being shorter than the usual length of the BBC Eight Doctor novels, this book dragged. I expected a simpliflication of story but didn't realise this could also mean lack of plot. Pages and pages go by where little of any real substance happens aside from the characters reiterating the content of the previous chapters A real disappointment as the first chapter was excellent.
The Ninth Doctor wasn't much like Christopher Ecclestone's portrayal. Richards captured his detached confidence well, but no other aspect of his personality was apparent: his passion, his anger, his dry humour or his swagger. Admittedly, it's hard to recreate a character in print already well etched in the reader's mind, but had there never been a TV series, had the reader come to this book tabula rasa, then the `hero' would be read as a bland, aloof and essentially pointless character who was as much a Time Lord as he was a stick of celery. His most recognisable features are were the leather jacket and sonic screwdriver, both of which I could don without setting foot on Gallifrey.
Rose was better managed. Her feisty boisterousness shone through along with tinges of empathy and compassion making her a much more well-rounded character. She was so strong the story could have survived with her alone. The remaining cast, with a few exceptions, were a bland menagerie of boring stock characters and red shirt tokens.
The plot itself had the capacity to be a good one. There were various layers and in the hands of a better writer could have been enjoyable. However Richards - unfortunately the Creative Director for the BBC Books Doctor Who Series - created all the atmosphere of a tea party in a morgue. For a huge chunk of the book, nothing happened. Nothing. The Doctor faffed about playing chess and chatting, Rose wandered about feeling inquisitive and by the time the action kicked in, I was almost too fed up to care.
From the attack on the hotel through to the goldfish bowl prison, things were actually good.Read more ›
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I really liked this book. it was a really good read for children . . . . . . . . . it was also kinda creepy and cool a excellent 9th doctor onePublished on 30 Aug. 2013 by mr x
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