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Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  2,336 Ratings  ·  210 Reviews
In 1920s London the Doctor and Rose find themselves caught up in the hunt for a mysterious murderer. But not everyone or everything is what they seem. Secrets lie behind locked doors and inhuman killers roam the streets.

Who is the Painted Lady and why is she so interested in the Doctor? How can a cat return from the dead? Can anyone be trusted to tell or even to know the t
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by BBC BOOKS (first published 2005)
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Dec 21, 2008 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, doctor-who
As I've posted about on my journal earlier, the Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, completely sold me on being a Doctor Who fan at last. And as I have also lamented, Mr. Eccleston held the role for entirely too little time. So I was rather interested when I was browsing at the University Bookstore the other day and found out that the BBC has been releasing hardback Ninth and Tenth Doctor novels. I picked up the first one, The Clockwise Man, by Justin Richards. Disappointing read, unfortunately ...more
Benjamin Zarkovich
This is a Ninth Doctor and Rose story. It takes place between the episodes "The Long Game" and "Father's Day"

This book series is produced by the BBC. It is not necessary for enjoying the tv series. Its purpose is to share the adventures that happen off camera.

The Clockwise Man is a steam-punk style adventure that takes place in 1924 London. The Doctor and Rose arrive with intentions of going to the British Empire Exhibition.
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
The Doctor himself best describes at least part of the story:
'It's about a Painted Lady. It's about clockwork killers. A manhunt. Mistaken identity. Assassination. The usual ingredients.'
You see, this both tells you a lot and nothing at the same time.

I liked the main idea of the story. There is a lot of danger involved, but that's nothing new for the Doctor and a companion. I kept forgetting this is Eccleston's Doctor and for some reason I kept imagining Tennant's. I loved both, but the n
Jan 28, 2008 Joni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children/young teenagers/any Doctor Who fans!
Recommended to Joni by: A friend.
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
As a stand-alone book, poor. As a companion to television Dr. Who, pretty good. I mean, you don't expect something like this to be a bestselling medal-award-winning novel, do you? So I think reviewers that say it's basically a waste of time, though not in so many words, are being a bit harsh, because it was good at what it was supposed to do - entertain people who are already fans of the show.

It was a moderately exciting mystery, which keeps you guessing, but not in an annoying way, you know wh
The Doctor and Rose travel back to 1920s London to check out the British Empire Exhibition. What they get really is a missing Tardis, members of the help being attacked and hurt badly or worse. And mysterious ticking sound. Who or what is behind all of this. Another adventure in the past for them both.

For my first Doctor Who book I was quite impressed. My plan was to try and read the books in relation to the show but alas I was enjoying it too much to slow my viewing. I'm hoping to get all of th
Lauren Stoolfire
I can certainly say that one of my favorite aspects of this novel is, aside from seeing more of the Ninth Doctor and Rose, of course, is that the narrator of the audiobook can do a great Christopher Eccleston impression.

Patricia Meyer
When I first laid eyes on The Clockwise Man, I was disappointed that the book got such a low rating. I was pretty reluctant to open the book because I thought it would fall short of a good book, but I was wrong. I really liked this book.

When the book started out, I was trying too hard to force myself into picturing the characters as the Doctor and Rose. It made the beginning less enjoyable for me than I would have hoped. Eventually though I just stopped trying so hard to force an imagination and
An Odd1
Feb 04, 2012 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, action, mystery, fan
On the way to the London's 1924 British Empire Exhibition, Rose Tyler in flimsy green dress and Doctor Who #9 in his brown leather jacket lose the TARDIS time-travel box, and interrupt a strangulation attack on servant Dickson, being interrogated about the evening meeting of conspirators: "Anna" Anastasia, her son Freddie ~10 the last Romanov, kind stepfather Sir George Harding, Repple ousted righful Elector of Dastaria, Major Aske his psychiatrist or jailer - we are not sure of truth at first, ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans
Shelves: sci-fi, doctor-who
This is my first time ever to have read a novelization of either a TV show or a movie. But, being such a fan of the revamped Doctor Who series and having finished several outstanding novels lately, I was ready to try it for some lighter reading. Aside from some eBook formatting/editing issues (line breaks weren't adequately used in my ePub line would be about the Doctor doing something, and the very next would begin a totally different scene without any kind of editing/spacing to ...more
Liza H
Aug 09, 2007 Liza H rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done
Another foray into the novels of Doctor Who, and this time with less than pleasant results. This book was just... bad. The characters of The Doctor and Rose were just way off, in my mind. No way would Rose ever, EVER smash a cat into a wall by the tail, especially if she didn't know it wasn't real already. And the Doctor himself was just way less respectful of other life-beings than he really would be. The man who just discovered, to his dismay, that he wasn't real and was actually mechanical, a ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-15
I love 9 and Rose, there's a clever twist, and Repple and Freddy are adorable supporting characters. But the entire enterprise feels padded, Rose is very much out of character, and the climax is overly drawn-out.

The third book I've read with this incarnation of the Doctor, and Stealers of Dreams is the only one I'd recommend if you're trying to choose one.
Butterfly Mentions
I've split the review in both versions: English and German.

English version
My first thoughts when I found this book:

I was so intrigued to read my first Doctor Who book and that it has this amazing title: "The Clockwise Man?" My first thoughts were: "Who is the Clockwise Man? What does he has to do with the Doctor and Rose? And how can the Doctor and Rose solve the case?"

Why I read this book:Like many I began to be a real Doctor Who Fan in 2013, when the series was broadcasted for the 50 years
Ecem  Yücel
Well, this one was not bad, but wasn't great like I was expecting. I don't know why, I was too excited to read a Doctor Who novel, yet it didn't feel like Doctor Who much. It was a fine story, and I kept picturing Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston of course (could even hear their accents in my mind while reading - yeah yeah, I'm a Doctor Who nerd) but again, it kinda lacked something that I cannot pin down. Hope the rest of the books will have better adventures (I am planning to listen the ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
I am going to be upfront and just admit that I am a massive fan of Doctor Who. Anything even remotely related to Doctor Who immediately catches my attention. It's still a little while to go until the next series and finding myself going through a serious case of withdrawal, I have decided to give the books based on the series a shot.

The Clockwise Man is the first book in the New Who series. New Who began when the series was brought back to life after a sixteen year hiatus. Christopher Eccleston
Мое знакомство с New Series Adventures началось не с первой книги; но даже в этом случае я бы не забросила идею почитать Доктора, потому как «The Clockwise Man» удивительно хорош. Мне импонируют вкрапления clockpunk’а (название себя оправдывает), котики с laser eyes и завихрения сюжетных интриг (злодей обнаруживает себя только в конце). Второстепенные персонажи доставили многократно больше основных, и я даже жалею, что эта история не выросла в самостоятельный роман без участия в докторофраншизе. ...more
Travis Starnes
Apr 24, 2014 Travis Starnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of the new run of Doctor Who, although not its earlier incarnations, and this is my first run at one of the Doctor Who books. The first thing that really stands out to me is how close they held to the feeling of the show. Both Rose and the Doctor read on the page just as they do in the book and completely hold up to a fans expectations of the characters. There are also some nice references to things from the show, including a good Bad Wolf references. Little Easter eggs like that is f ...more
Hiram Lester
Shortly after the new Doctor Who series launched in 2005, BBC Books launched a series of original books featuring the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler as portrayed on television by Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper. These books have commonly come to be known as the New Series Adventures. These books were launched 3 at a time with the first three being The Clockwise Man, The Monsters Inside , and Winner Takes All .

In The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards, the Doctor and Rose land at the British
Rebecca Gordon
The Doctor and Rose arrive in 1920s London and plan to attend the British Empire Exhibition but when they get to London the TARDIS is stolen. Rose and the Doctor investigate a strange sound which happens to be an attack on the servant Dickson. They rescue Dickson but they find themselves caught up in a murder mystery with inhuman killers. Soon a mysterious masked woman appears who calls herself the Painted Lady. The Painted Lady is very interested in the Doctor and she also has some strange comp ...more
Traci Haley
At first I had quite a hard time getting into this novel. To me it seemed like the Doctor and Rose weren't *quite* right... I don't know if it's just because I was listening to the audiobook and the voices weren't right, or if the writer just didn't get it quite perfect. But then the story really got started and I got interested and, well, I ended up liking this quite a bit! I've read some of Justin Richards' non-Doctor stuff and he's quite good at writing adventures. Most of the ones I've read ...more
I don't tend to hold very high expectations for novels based on televisions shows, yet somehow I can't stop myself from picking them up. This one was not the worst and not the best. From what I understand, the books were commissioned before any of the new series episodes were aired, and the authors were given only some basic information on the characters. Therefore, there are times when the Doctor and Rose seem to act out of character for themselves.

I enjoyed many of the new characters, particu
Mar 29, 2012 Dannielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I really enjoyed The Clockwise Man. Even if you weren't a Doctor Who fan, I think you could enjoy this. It's like a supernatural mystery, mixed with plenty of action and adventure.

I relished in the fact that I knew the Doctor and Rose and didn't have to worry about reading about boorish main characters. I wasn't sure starting out if they'd live up the live-action versions, but I was satisfied. Justin Richards did a rather good job at bringing Rose and the Doctor to life in book form. Howev
One of the best Ninth Doctor novels I've read to date, set not long after "The Unquiet Dead", with a twisty and complex plot set in Victorian England, well-developed minor characters and an excellent handle on both the Doctor and Rose.

My only real nitpick was that it appeared to take far too long for the two of them to understand why Freddie so desperately avoided injury, given all they knew about the child and his family. I could see why Rose might not figure it out so quickly, as she hasn't b
Jan 26, 2015 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
The Doctor (Christopher Eccleston, if you can't remember which is the Ninth) and Rose are in 1924 London to visit the new Empire Exhibition when they stumble across a man being attacked by a strange figure. Before long they're involved in conspiracy, and investigating strange happenings until the final conflict, right in London's heart.

It's Doctor Who with a twist of steampunk. Hard to go wrong there (view spoiler)
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Rose and the Doctor land in 1924 London to attend the British Empire Exhibition. As usual, they find someone in trouble and that trouble leads to aliens: this time the mysterious Painted Lady and mechanical cats and men. The TARDIS disappears, servants are murdered and a sweet little boy helps save the day.

At times you can hear the ninth doctor's voice, but at other times you wonder who this man is. The climax at the end with Big Ben was fun. But, on the whole, entertaining and somewhat clever,
Dec 26, 2010 M rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
It was very intense at times, but I found the clockwork villains rather unintimidating compared to the Doctor's usual enemies. The writing style was okay, or at least not incredibly distracting. Repple is a cool character, and I almost wish he'd show up somewhere else in the series.
This book was more fun than my friends' boring High School graduation, I'll give it that.
If you like the Doctor, read it.
Jul 29, 2014 Brandon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was okay but at times it didn't feel like a Doctor Who adventure. It also didn't wow me as the first book in a series should do. Was more like a novel written during the middle of the series' run. But it didn't deter me from carrying on with the series. Just got me pumped for more so I guess it did what it was suppose to? Touché.
I listened to this in audio which isn't really my preference but this was still quite entertaining.
This is a solid book. Entertaining, and intriguing.
Simon Taylor
Aug 29, 2013 Simon Taylor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For a Doctor Who fan, and a novel fan, Doctor Who: The Novel should have been a five-star shoo in. Unfortunately it was a shoo-out-and-exterminate-yourself.

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 b
Cascata Nerina
May 13, 2011 Cascata Nerina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second series with Matt Smith as the eleventh doctor has been going on for a few weeks, and while I"m really into it and really want to see where it goes. Only one episode a week is a little slow for my taste. So I rewatched everything from 2005 until now, and I'm still not satisfied. However, the originals are a little too cheesy and full of cringe inducing special effects from a girl that grew up on the ever increasing abilities of CGI. So I picked up the first of the New Series Adventures ...more
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Justin Richards is a British writer. He has written many spin off novels based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, and he is Creative Director for the BBC Books range. He has also written for television, contributing to Five's soap opera Family Affairs. He is also the author of a series of crime novels for children about the Invisible Detective, and novels for older children. ...more
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