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

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  1,612 ratings  ·  137 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...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by BBC BOOKS (first published 2005)
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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
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 ni...more
An Odd1
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
Jul 01, 2012 Todd rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jan 28, 2008 Joni rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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 (Home of Reading)
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
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
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 Em...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
Dannielle R
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...more
Liza H
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
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,...more
Aug 11, 2014 Jimmy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jimmy by: Doctor Who TV show
2 1/2 Stars. It’s definitely not my favorite Doctor Who book that I’ve read, but it was okay. Reading it, it feels that some important element is missing that we get from the TV series. I wouldn’t recommend this book, but I expect Doctor Who fans will give it a go, like I did.
On the other hand, Rose’s conversation with Beth brings back fantastic memories of Gwyneth at the undertakers, Cardiff, and Torchwood. And Justin Richards doesn’t miss a beat when bad wolf is brought up in conversation to...more
Jul 01, 2014 Tom rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to see more of the 9th Doctor
I enjoyed this Doctor Who story. The characterization of The Doctor and season one Rose was pretty good as I could picture them both doing and saying what they did. While many of the characters blurred together a bit for me, The Painted Lady was cool and I loved Fredy, (view spoiler). Richards took his time to the build up the suspense and slowly(maybe a bit too slowly at times) unravel the mystery with cool twists and interesting back stories. The Doctor h...more
This was interesting. I enjoyed reading about the adventures that we didn't see. I had always imagined there were dozens of trips in between the television versions. I had read that some people were let donw by the Doctor Who books, but I don't see why. This was as good as any of the sticky situations they found themselves in on TV only a bit more indepth. If that's even possible; they seem to fit quite a bit into a single episode. All-in-all the book and story were good. I plan to continue read...more
Richard Wright
While Doctor Who was off the air, for may years, both Virgin and BBC books produced ranges of ongoing novels following the character of the Doctor onwards from where he was last seen in screen. Given that the core audience were no longer children, but those who had been when it was on TV, the novels became increasingly sophisticated and mature. I really enjoyed those monthly releases, and was curious about the new range of books that were launched in line with the reinvention of the series in 20...more
Dec 31, 2012 Jake rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans with spare time
Shelves: england
I'm not the most well-traveled Doctor Who fan. I just started watching the new ninth Doctor series a little while ago, and have yet to make it through the tenth. I really love what I have seen, and since there are online retailers practically giving these tie-in books away, I figured it couldn't hurt to pick up a few.

The Clockwise Man is not a bad book. I was a little disappointed in the length and the cutesy small dimensions of the hardback, but at least it seems like some work is put into the...more
Cascata Nerina
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
Well here I am, recently converted Whovian and I've now embarked on the journey of reading all of the novels for the new Doctor Who series. This book starts with the first Doctor of the revival played by Christopher Eccleston and his companion Rose, played by Billie Piper. I really only started out watching Doctor Who to get into the show, and got into I did as obviously now I'm reading these books because I can't get enough. There's so many stories possible in Doctor Who that they have so many...more
Jules Jones
The first of the tie-in novels issued for New Who, and as such featuring Nine (Chris Eccleston) and Rose, who have landed in 1920s London and promptly get tangled up with not one but two deposed heirs to a throne. One is a young boy with haemophilia; the other appears to be the prince of some small east European country. And there are assassins on the loose -- assassins who are accompanied by the sound of clockwork. Add in a woman who always goes masked and who recognises the sonic screwdriver a...more
Simon Taylor
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...more
Doctor Who is a very established series in the UK. I was lucky to discover it when I was on maternity leave with my first daughter. I haven't seen any of the old series so my experience with the Doctor is with doctors nine, ten and now eleven - and I'm so hooked! I'm so impressed with how they are able to switch doctors and still keep the interest going and people keep tuning in - and let the doctors be so diferent, although still the same. Lots of interesting discussions about personal identity...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This is the first of the Doctor Who adventures to be published following the series' revival in 2005. It has the Ninth Doctor and Rose visiting London in 1924, encountering clockwork robots reminiscent of those that the Tenth Doctor meets in "The Girl in the Fireplace", having adventures around Big Ben not awfully dissimilar from "The Empty Child". At first I thought it was going to be about an anti-communist revolution in a small eastern Eur...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...more
Faten Hojeij
The book was brilliant.
It had two of my favorite things: reading, and Dr. who.
I didn't think it would live up to my expectations, being a book about Dr. who and all, but actually it was pretty impressive. It was filled with the suspense and anticipation of the series, though it was a bit off at some point.
The thing that i loved is how he portrayed the doctor's personality at that time (christopher) and that of Rose :'(
It really did bring old memories back, and I loved it.
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...more
Christopher Buchanan
I've come to expect very little from the New Series adventures. This one did little to change that. It's a decent enough story but it's pretty cliched. The cat may as well have been named Chekov's Gun and they run though about every Big Ben cliche that's every been in any story involving it. Nick Briggs does a great job narrating though, but I'm not crazy about his 9th Doctor impersonation. It takes a bit of getting use too.
The Doctor and Rose take a trip to 1920s london, and end up stuck there and entangled in a mystery, when someone steals the tardis.
The story was really well thought out, very good as a mystery/whodunnit style that makes me want to read more detective novels!
I love the clockwork elements; the clockwork have been my favourite throughout the new doctor who series, it's almost steampunky.
I thought the characters were pretty well written, contrary to other reviews on this book, I really could see it...more
Ca ne partait pas forcément bien pour moi, la première partie étant très branchée politicomachin Russie post révolution papati patata, ce qui à vue de nez n'est pas ma tasse de thé. Mais par la suite ça décole, ça twiste dans tous les sens, et on se régale. On est ému, même. Si si.

Et c'était amusant de retrouver la Rose du tout début - il faut se rappeler que Rose à l'époque avait des éclairs de génie de temps en temps, mais sorti de ça c'était pas toujours une flèche. Et armée d'un don naturel...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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“You know,' the Doctor said, resuming his pacing, 'how sometimes you only appreciate something when it is taken away from you.'
'You mean my freedom?'
'I mean more like the hum of the central heating or the air-conditioning. You only notice it was there when it stops. While it's constant, part of the nature of the things, it's unremarkable. Just the way things are. Your brain doesn't even brother to tell you about it, unless there is a change that might be important.”
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