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Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice

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"From Stephen Baxter, master of science fiction and national bestselling author of "Bronze Summer," comes an all-new Doctor Who adventure... "
Resilience. Remembrance. Restoration.
Whatever the cost.
Hurtling through a vortex beyond time and space is a police box that's not a police box. The TARDIS has carried the Doctor and his companions, Jamie and Zoe, to all sorts of p
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ebook, 320 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Ace Books (first published 2012)
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Brendon Schrodinger
The Second Doctor, Jamie, Zoe, written by Stephen Baxter. A sure winner right? Nope.

While the voices of the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe were great, the storyline was bland, the idea bland and the execution was bland. Stephen Baxter can write much better and past Doctor adventures have been much much better.

Disappointed.
Ben Babcock
I am just as surprised as you are that I’m reading another Doctor Who novel! As I explained when I reviewed Engines of War , media tie-ins are not my thing. Especially for something as iconic as Doctor Who, I need the actors to pull off that characterization. Maybe I should check out the audio plays—I think I would genuinely enjoy those. So what compelled me to pick this up when I spied it in the library stacks? It has been a while since I read anything by Stephen Baxter—his hard SF novels fasc ...more
F.R.
Apr 21, 2015 F.R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Doctor, Jamie and Zoe arrive at The Wheel of Ice, a mining operation on the moons of Saturn, in this adventure which could have been wrenched from black and white television broadcasts in 1969. The characterisation is perfect, with all three leads (particularly Troughton) captured so well, so as they dash down various corridors and dark tunnels, that any fan can picture them doing it as we’ve seen those images so many times before. Of course this being a novel, it’s far more ambitious than a ...more
Scott Rhee
Those of a certain age recall late Saturday nights on your local PBS station (if you were lucky) devoted to a BBC phenomenon. The show was called "Doctor Who", and it has the distinction of being the longest-running TV show ever. (I have no idea if that is an accurate statement or not, but I'm running with it…)

I remember loving the show---its cheesy special effects, ridiculous costumes, cheap set designs, and incredibly hammy British acting---even though I more often than not fell asleep before
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Michael
I've got to give the tie-in line of Doctor Who novels credit -- at least the line is willing (once a year or so) to take a risk and give the fans something different from the standard tie-in novel.

First it was Michael Moorcock playing in the Doctor Who sandbox and now it's Stephen Baxter. And the line is even willing to allow the big-name sci-fi and fantasy authors to play with other Doctor/companion teams besides the ones currently seen in the latest batch of episodes. That alone intrigues me
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D.L. Morrese
Feb 10, 2013 D.L. Morrese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this was published in 2012, it is a story of the second Doctor with companions Zoe and Jammie. The story is reminiscent of the Doctor Who adventure in which Zoe first appears, The Wheel in Space, which aired in 1968. The recordings of it, unfortunately, were ‘misplaced’ by the BBC and it now exists only in fragments. It, too, takes place in the future, in space, and features the rare element ‘bernalium.’

In Baxter’s tale of the Doctor, the TARDIS detects a ‘Relative Continuum Displacemen
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Alias Pending
Feb 25, 2013 Alias Pending rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shortay: Baxter plus Doctor Who. Read it.

Longer review: Perfect combination of 2nd Doctor, 60's style pacing/tone and updated modern scientific sensibilities. No previous knowledge of Doctor Who is required, though it helps with catching in-jokes and appreciating the well executed continuity pron.

Epoch spanning review on a galactic scale: Resilience. Remembrance. Restoration. Read it, whatever the cost.
Mark
Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Doctor Who
Recommended to Mark by: the tv series
So this is an adventure with the 2nd Doctor, Jamie & Zoe. While I have seen a wee bit of the 2nd Doctor both companions are while not unknown new to me.

So what do you get if you get a real scifi writer write a Doctor Who tale?- The name Stephen Baxter is well known as scifi writer but has not before meddled in the Who-verse. And he does so in a splendid way and had written the story in such a way it is a pleasure to just read it and suddenly find yourself at the end of the book before I even
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Philip
This was really good in the end, but for entirely the opposite reasons from the ones I expected. The whole thing reads like a really good, utterly faithful second-Doctor base-under-siege story written by someone who plots intelligently, writes excellent prose and dialogue and has a bit of a thing (but only a bit of one) for space hardware.

There's absolutely no embarrassment about writing a Who novel (I counted explicit references to more than a dozen 20th-century stories, from The Daleks' Maste
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Steve
Feb 20, 2013 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Stephen Baxter is a well-known and well regarded science fiction author, so I was interested in his new Doctor Who novel because the number of authors of his caliber who deign to write media tie-in books is rather low. Also, rather than write a book that centers around one of the modern incarnations of the Doctor that might score lots of fans, Baxter uses the second Doctor and his companions, Jamie, a Scottish Highlander and Zoe, a young super genius from the future.

Setting the story in a time o
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Kristina
Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice gets the prize for being the dumbest sci-fi book I've ever read and probably the worst adapted-from-a-tv-show novel. I've read a lot of Star Trek books over the years (even if that is not reflected in my gr book collection) so I know. This book isn't good sci-fi and it's definitely not worthy of Doctor Who.

Thanks to BBC America's The Doctors Revisited series, I’ve seen at least one episode featuring Doctors One through Eight. Wheel of Ice features the second Doctor (
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Bob Price
I am a HUGE Doctor Who fan. The campy BBC show that has been on for almost 50 years has a unique place in my heart. It is both popcorn fun and thought provoking at the same time. So I was happy to see a new Doctor Who book at my local library.

The book is good...I mean...it's ok. It's a Doctor who book. Stephen Baxter's Wheel of Ice takes place during the time period of the Second Doctor, a Doctor I am not too familiar (his time on the tv show was 1964-1968 or thereabouts).

The plot takes place o
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Julian
Oct 23, 2012 Julian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. Exactly what I expected but still, disappointing.

Why are they advertising this new set of thicker novels as Doctor Who for adults. They go and find good authors and have great ideas, but still trap the writers into the usual basic doctor who formula. Stick the doctor and companions into a confined space, limited characters and simple to grasp threat. This is fine for kids books and for a show with a limited budget and limited time slot, but if you are going to add several hundred
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Greg
Jul 03, 2015 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Doctor Who novel starts out, I must admit, rather slowly. The TARDIS is called to a rather abrupt stop in its voyage beyond space-time just above the orbit of Saturn, and it soon comes to pass that the universe’s favourite genetically challenged space ship (i say that in a most affectionate and loving way, of course) - and its inhabitants - find their continued existence under serious threat. It does not take long for new characters to be introduced, and pull the TARDIS away from danger, bu ...more
Dan
Aug 22, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
I love Stephen Baxter's books and I love Doctor Who so it baffles me that I've not read this book before now. The Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe arrive on the Wheel of Ice, a mining facility around Saturn. The TARDIS thinks something is wrong there and not just the increasing dissatisfaction of the residents and the way they are treated by the mining company. Blue creatures keep being spotted and there's a desperate intelligence at the heart of it all trying desperately to achieve it's aeons old m ...more
Steve
Although it's pretty clear I wasn't the target audience for this, I found it entertaining and, once things started to fall apart, the momentum carried everything nicely along to an entertaining and relatively gratifying conclusion.

I've got to assume this was written for generations of Doctor Who fans, whose devotion to the BBC series spans various iterations of "The Doctor," who are referred to in sequence (such as "The Second Doctor," and so on).... The early shows never attracted my interest,
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Dina Roberts
Feb 14, 2015 Dina Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book was published recently (2012), It's about the second doctor rather than a more recent one. Since I haven't watched the classic series, the companions (Zoe and Jamie) were unfamiliar to me. I would have probably preferred to read about characters I have already watched and grown to love.

Still. I enjoyed this book. It reminds me a bit of the episodes "The Rebel Flesh" and "The Almost People" from season 6 of the revised series. Both these episodes deal with created beings who ha
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Kaoru
Some time ago the BBC (finally) decided to put out Who books again that one beyond the age of 12 could actually read and enjoy. Meaning something "meatier" like the books that came out during the years in which the show was off the air. The strategy was to knock on doors of big names like Michael Moorcock, and well, Stephen Baxter.

Anyway, keep your expectations low when you start reading this one. This is no new "Alien Bodies" or a new "Human Nature". In levels of quality it doesn't even get nea
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Miles Reid-lobatto


From the opening chapter on the TARDIS, Stephen Baxter had me. In such a simple, magical way, he managed to bring back the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe for one more adventure. The Doctor Who Missing Adventures/Past Adventures have always had a mixed bag in taking the characters of 60s, 70s and 80s stories and placing them in adventures written with a more modern sensibility and sometimes its worked, sometimes it hasn't. But here, Stephen Baxter managed to mix the best of both worlds and write a
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Janet
Three cheers for new novels about old Doctors! There are so many asides in Doctor Who episodes that suggest great stories -- I would love it if The Wheel of Ice starts the trend of authors filling in these blanks. (Come on, don't you want to know how the hordes of Genghis Khan tried to get into the TARDIS? Or how David Tennant's Doctor infuriated Queen Elizabeth?)

The Wheel of Ice expands on the mostly lost season 5 (1968) episode "The Wheel in Space" featuring the second Doctor (Patrick Troughto
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Varad
Feb 11, 2013 Varad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From William Hartnell’s swansong “The Tenth Planet” to series 6’s “The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People,” the “base under siege” has been one of the two or three basic plots of Doctor Who. Arguably it is the single most frequently utilized narrative template in the show’s now five-decade history. Some of the new series’ finest moments have come from reviving this hoary formula; e.g., “The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit,” “The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone.” From First to Eleventh, sooner or later ...more
Kribu
This was... okay.

I think I expected a bit more, seeing as it's one in the range of hardbacks penned by big name authors, not the usual tie-in writers - who generally do a pretty good job, so it's not like I'm dissing them, but when you have a range of tie-ins by the usual suspects and then a range of special hardbacks written by people who don't usually write tie-ins, you expect the special books to be a bit, well, more, right?

Anyway. For a Doctor Who tie-in, this was good. Not brilliant (and t
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Alex Sarll
The first book starring a previous Doctor since Tennant was new in the role, and the first solo Baxter novel I've read. As has happened before when writers with a genre rep beyond Who get involved, the story does feel a little like the TARDIS crew have taken an excursion into that writer's worlds - but a) the viability of this is part of Who's charm and b) Baxter's hard SF is not that far from Troughton-era settings anyway - a little more scientifically coherent, perhaps, but still a recognisabl ...more
Leilani
Mar 01, 2013 Leilani rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tie-in
The Doctor and Jamie are in fine form, but Zoe's role in this story was at first oddly lacking then incredibly irritating. Genius astrophysicist spends the whole book watching the Doctor be brilliant, then for some reason gets stuck in a shuttle with Random Adorable Toddler and has a big Bonding Experience that changes her whole perspective. All while Jamie (Highlander from 18th century Scotland) gets to disarm a bomb and build a neutrino detector. Are you freaking kidding me? I expect to have t ...more
Carl
Jan 16, 2015 Carl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was about as fantastic a Doctor Who novel as could be written. Baxter apart from being a very very good SF writer is also a huge Doctor Who fan and a devotee of Patrick Troughton (the 2nd Doctor). He places the Doctor Jamie and Zoe at a mining colony orbiting a moon near Saturn. What happens next is a near flawless melding of Current Day science and classic Doctor Who Adventure.

Baxter gets it. He knows intimately what Classic Who is (was), and never makes a single mistake with character or
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Richard
Nov 23, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baxter writes an excellent Young Adult novel set on a moon of Saturn and featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe. The Doctor and his companions are very well done and true to the personalities that are portrayed in the TV series. The other characters are less full but generally effective. The villain is really perhaps too stereotyped to be completely effective. But still she manages to provide some fun in the process of the book.

The plot synchronised the various narrative elements effectivel
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Michael Otway
Don't understand why anyone would like this book. This book is written terribly, the way the writer says things makes everything going on extremely hard to imagine. He is very weak at visually describing things and the events that take place are just ridiculous to imagine in your head. (A spider machine flying the Tardis through space with it's doors open having a conversation with the crew while a girl rides outside on a flying space bike also talking to the Tardis crew.) Wtf.

Very poorly writte
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Isobel
May 22, 2016 Isobel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, who
This is the best Dr Who tie in book I've read to date. The doctor and companions are perfect and the other characters are engaging and well written. The way the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe interacted with the factions felt right and the story was good. MMAC was particularly interesting, and the inclusion of the ethical implications of his life and future were really well handled. I also particularly liked the inclusion of disabled characters and characters of different backgrounds and races.

I have rea
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Jacqueline O.
Jul 27, 2016 Jacqueline O. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Doctor Who fans, Hard SF fans
The Wheel of Ice is a hard Science Fiction novel featuring the Second Doctor, as played by Patrick Troughton on the BBC television series, Doctor Who. The Doctor, Jaime, and Zoe are in the TARDIS when it unexpectedly appears in the middle of the rings of Saturn. The atmosphere of Saturn is volatile and the TARDIS is immediately hit by large chunks of ice. But they are rescued by Phee, a young girl on an in-system scooter and MMAC a computer and AI that maintains the Wheel.
The Wheel is a space ha
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Ryan
Jan 07, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter was a great book with a classic Doctor Who style. The second Doctor, and his companions Zoe and Jamie, are suddenly taken to a colony around Saturn, based on a decision by none other than the TARDIS itself. This colony is mining a substance called bernalium from the moon Mnemosyne, when a mystery involving a displacement in time, small blue creatures, and Saturn's rings shows up right in the Doctor's way. With help from the residents of the ring bui ...more
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Stephen Baxter is a trained engineer with degrees from Cambridge (mathematics) and Southampton Universities (doctorate in aeroengineering research). Baxter is the winner of the British Science Fiction Award and the Locus Award, as well as being a nominee for an Arthur C. Clarke Award, most recently for Manifold: Time. His novel Voyage won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History Novel of the ...more
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