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Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice by [Baxter, Stephen]
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"A master of the genre tackles the Time Lord with great results."--"Sci-Fi Bulletin"
"Baxter nails one of the basic elements of any book like this one, capturing the voices of his three main characters with such precision that Troughton is almost audible in the Doctor's lines."--"The A.V. Club"
"Baxter has created almost the perfect "Doctor Who" novel: it stays true to the era in which it is set; it's understandable for an intelligent child but not dumbed down for adults; it "feels" like something we could have seen on TV, even though the production designer would have had a heart attack and--most importantly--it never feels cliched or corny...It works as good "Doctor Who.".. and as a solid science-fiction tale. Highly recommended."-- "TimeVault"
"Baxter creates a near pitch-perfect evocation of Team TARDIS...[He] takes full advantage of the limitless scale and budget afforded by the reader's imagination."--"Blogtor Who"
"A return to epic adventure."--SFcrowsnest

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 753 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (16 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184990183X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849901833
  • ASIN: B008NA43AW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,756 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Dec. 2014
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An original Doctor Who novel, which tells an all new story for the character that has never appeared before in any other medium.

As with some other BBC volumes of this kind, whereas most of them feature the current tv Doctor and are aimed at those of all ages, this is one that tries to be more a novel than a bit of franchise fiction.

This is written by renowned British science fiction writer Stephen Baxter.

It features the Second Doctor. Jamie and Zoe.

It runs for three hundred and fifty seven pages. There are forty seven chapters and a prologue and epilogue. Plus several interludes.

The story is set on the Wheel. A space station in orbit of a moon of Saturn. Where there's a mining operation going on. The TARDIS has detected something strange which is a threat to more than just the colony. Tensions abound between the local workers, their children, and the mining company.

Can the Doctor find out what's going on? Because something has been waiting for a very very long time...

Usually, franchise fiction will tell a story that could work quite easily within the confines of a programme. But this avoid that trap by doing a story that the tv show might struggle to do, even with it's current budget and cgi visuals. Because it's so big and so broad.

Some who try do novels rather than just franchise books fail because they go too far towards the former, producing something that isn't really a story from the tv show, or one that would work fine without it's characters.

But this does get the balance right. Because whenever the TARDIS crew are on the page, it really does capture the feel of it's era. The dialogue for the time travellers is perfect, and you can imagine it being said by the actors who played them.
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The Wheel of Ice is the first original Doctor Who novel featuring a classic series Doctor to be published since 2005. That in itself, for me, would have been reason enough to buy it, but Stephen Baxter has actually turned in a pretty good story, too. He has a nice feel for the characters of the second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe, the supporting cast are well rounded and engaging, and once the nature of the true threat facing the Wheel is revealed, it's quite satisfyingly more than just another generic alien invasion. Solid science fiction with a genuine sixties Who feel. Recommended.
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I love the second doctor and have read and enjoyed Stephen Baxter's books before so I was expecting a lot. I was not disappointed. So many of the new 'Who' books are generic and over simplified. This is the ideal antidote. The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe are well characterised and the host of secondary characters are given a reality that most Who novels lack. The plot is simple but has twists and turns reminiscent of the best of the TV shows. All in all, a must for any Who fan!
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Fans of Baxter will appreciate The Wheel of Ice as another excellent novel. This is not written as a "children's book" any more than other Sci-Fi is written for adults, but all too often in recent years the Doctor Who range of books has been written-for and marketed-at the children's book-shelves. It is a refreshing change to have a master of Sci-Fi writing an intelligent story with authority.

Troughton's Doctor - the second Doctor - is no "celeb" doctor but a complex paradox whose wit an intellect come through in story. He relates well with the other characters in the story and his voice comes through clearly.

An excellent and engaging story, based in an alien world, the story flies along. Baxter's writing is, as ever, descriptive and detailed, but never boring. He is a master of Sci-Fi writing, and here he writes at his best.

A real page-turner, this is a step-change in the Doctor Who book range. Intelligent, well written and thought provoking I loved this novel.

The hard-back format of the novel is beautifully produced, and the typeface is ideal for younger readers getting used to "adult" books.

Five stars.
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