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Doctor Who: Nuclear Time (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #40)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  843 ratings  ·  75 reviews
'My watch is running backwards.'

Colorado, 1981. The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Appletown - an idyllic village in the remote American desert where the townsfolk go peacefully about their suburban routines. But when two more strangers arrive, things begin to change. The first is a mad scientist - whose warnings are cut short by an untimely and brutal death. The second is
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Hardcover, 246 pages
Published July 8th 2010 (first published 2010)
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 ~Geektastic~
This is a wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey one. Most of the Who books I’ve read so far, all of which have featured Doctors 10 or 11, have involved the TARDIS only as a means to land our hero (and sometimes his friends) in the middle of a conflict. Poor TARDIS, she never gets to be part of the fun. Nuclear Time, thankfully, gives her a chance to shine, if only just a little.

The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in the middle of the Colorado Desert in 1981. In the scorching sands lies an improbably perfect li
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Camille
Cher. Star Wars. Walkmans. The Isley Brothers. Vietnam. Mutually Assured Destruction.

This was the first Doctor Who novel I ever read, way back in 2010 when I was a brand new Whovian. I remember being impressed back then, and upon rereading the story I'm still impressed now, albeit for different reasons.

There's a basic plot that tends to plague most media in the New Who expanded universe - the big bad aliens are somehow doing something bad to innocent humans (whether it be in the past, present, o
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Creativity's Corner
If there is such a thing as guilty pleasure books, the Doctor Who books are it for me. They're not even that good, but boy do I love them. I'm slightly embarrassed to even admit that I read them, but for posterity (and challenges) sake, I'm going to at least write down a few thoughts.

This is one of the newest ones, about the Eleventh Doctor and his companions Amy and Rory. They land in Colorado during the Cold War in a town that is too perfect. Of course, that's because all the people are robot
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Matt
I fully expected to dislike this. Having thought that Oli Smith's recent Eleventh Doctor audio adventure "The Runaway Train" was absolutely garbage, I rightly expected Nuclear Time to not be my cup of tea. As it turns out, Nuclear Time is my new favorite Doctor Who novel, with the only other one coming close being Steve Lyon's Second Doctor adventure The Murder Game. Smith's prose is strong, and his grasp of the main characters very good, but more notably the plot and supporting characters of Nu ...more
Miles Reid-lobatto

I have to be honest, I rarely keep up with the Doctor Who tie-in novels. With the early days of the range, with the 9th Doctor books and the early 10th Doctor ones, there was a very hit and miss quality, not helped by a continuous reuse of the same authors time and again. With the 11th Doctor books, I think the range has really hit a fantastic stride and I'm going back and grabbing them to read as quick as I can.

'Nuclear Time' is an interesting beast with a entertaining 'wibbly wobbly timey wime
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stormhawk
If it weren't for my love of all things Whovian, I would have stopped reading this book and added it to my so-bad-I-couldn't-finish shelf. This tale of the 11th Doctor twists time and even the fairly lax credulity of the average Who-fan. I've enjoyed the current doctor quite a bit, but unfortunately, none of the rakish charm that Matt Smith brings to his portrayal of The Doctor is translated into the book version.

Not that the plot wasn't bad enough, it's very noticeable to an American reader tha
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Anna Matsuyama
I like Doctor Who but to be honest the books are not good. This book is my first Eleven story and the weakest Doctor book read yet.

Sarah
Not charmed, I'm afraid. The limitations of the regular New Series range are, once again, made frustratingly clear: this is an action book for older kids, and I'm not sure what they're supposed to get out of it. The regulars are characterized well enough, but never in a particularly vivid manner, and the story revolves around the sort of time hijinks that have come to represent the Matt Smith era. Personally, I found it frustrating to follow, more a gimmick than a plot - and I dislike the way re ...more
Paul
J'ai aimé ce livre.


Ce n'était pourtant pas gagné au départ, puisque le sujet principal - une bombe nucléaire sur le point d'exploser - est géré par le Docteur en faisant de mini bonds involontaires dans le temps vers l'arrière. Et vous le savez, les voyages dans le temps, que ce soit dans des livres ou des films, ça me perd au bout de 10 minutes.




Côté texte, on a des répétitions, comme le sol "rocailleux" qui est couvert, devinez quoi, de "rocailles" 2 pages plus loin. (*1)
Des éléments qui réappa
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Jo Bennie
Dec 05, 2014 Jo Bennie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Matt Smith's 11th Doctor Who, Amy and Rory arrive in the strange settlement of Appletown, somewhere in the American desert. It is a community of suburban houses with neat gardens and genteel people, incongruous with the harsh setting.

The Doctor and his companions quickly realise there is something wrong with the whole set up and the truth about the residents and the town emerges from a set of well juxtaposed chapters that move between the present and the past, where a brilliant scientist is cha
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Avarill
I really wanted to like this one. Oli Smith did a great job with a direct-to-audio romp in The Runaway Train. He also writes what is probably the best Eleventh Doctor characterization in the spin-off media. But by the time I was finished with Nuclear Time, I was by turns bored and offended.

First, the good stuff. Again, Smith's (Oli's) portrayal of Smith's (Matt's) Doctor is spot-on. His mannerisms and dialogue are perfect. Amy and Rory are also fairly on target. The plot has some fascinating tim
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Daniel Kukwa
It’s the weakest novel of batch #2, but it’s also the most ambitious, the most outrageous, and the most mind-shredding. It’s the first novel to play temporal games & poke at the nature of the TARDIS in some considerable time, and the weakness merely stems from the fact that it could use 100 pages of extra characterization…because the material DEMANDS more time. It’s settling for very good when it could have been MAGNIFICENT, on the level of Lance Parkin’s "The Eyeless".

But fear not…for what
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Aidan
The Doctor and his companions Rory and Amy arrive in a village that does not seem to make sense. There are no roads connecting it to the outside world and the fixtures and fittings in the houses have not been completed. It is all very strange and the explanation, which we receive quite early in the novel, is a satisfying one. It is however only the start of the adventure for the Doctor as he must prevent a massacre, the death of his companions and the start of a war between the United States and ...more
Dan
An epic timey-wimey adventure. It's set somewhere between the Series 5 episodes The Vampires of Venice and The Hungry Earth. The Doctor, Amy and Rory land in the middle of the Colorado desert in a place called Appletown. It's quickly revealed that it's residents are in fact killer androids and the whole place is about to be nuked.

To stop the bomb, the Doctor must live backwards through time. This is very confusing but it works really well. It's even more confusing as time is rewritten so some o
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Meagan
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Jennifer
I found it a bit hard to follow this - it might have worked better as a book where you can flip back and check the date/time stamps.

An interesting story of the early 80s US government finding itself with sophisticated android weaponry that is proving too much of a handful. The plan is to corral and nuke them in the Colorado desert which has serious political consequences. The Doctor finds himself moving backwards in time (which includes talking backwards) to save the day while Rory and Amy try t
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Chris
I enjoyed this story on the whole. When I saw the cover I thought the Doctor meets the Stepford Wives, he he. There is an awesome explanation about rearranging a time string with a string that honestly I had to read a couple times to get it. But I also found it weird that a story taking place in the US was being described with so many British terms. I guess I expected since the story was in America the writing would be more Americanized.
Annetta Nix Fowler
The amazing

I love The doctor and Amy whith Rory . The book was amazing terrific even

You have to get this book and also watch the shows they come on at Friday's on Pbs. I LOVE DR.WHOOOO
Matthew Vandrew

Now, finally something different. Although, I had troubles to comprehend what was that thing with the Doctor's time going backwards and what was actually going on. The technobabble didn't help much.

Jessica
This one had potential,but unfortunately the writing was terrible. The author did not have a very good grasp on Amy's and Rory's characters and how they interact with each other. The Doctor was better, but some of the things he said were very un-Doctory. Also, it takes place in the United States, with Americans, who would be speaking American English. They would not have called dollar bills "notes" and the only time an American says "Cheers" is when they're toasting. The story itself was an inte ...more
Bludhaven
This was an enjoyable short read, although I think the author was a bit too ambitious and couldn't quite deliver on the timey-wimeyness of the tale.

The premise is quote interesting, if a little generic: sentient robots that (of course) are turned into killer machines by the military and an atomic bomb makes the Doctor live through part of the story "backwards" and for that reason the story is told in a slightly fractured way. It's sad that this wasn't used with enough skill to be either convinc
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Alexa
This book was such as pleasant surprise! I love reading media tie-in books from my favorite shows because it provides new stories with my favorite characters, but some of them are definitely better than others. This book not only was a great story, but it managed to surprised me. The plot had many twist and turns and I even had to re-read certain parts because it was so intricate. I would highly recommend this book to fans of the show, and even people who just want to see what Doctor Who is all ...more
Jeff
I decided to see if I like Dr. Who books as much as I enjoy the show. I do. Though this story has some elements that area bit far fetched, it's a Dr. Who book. It's to be expected. It was an entertaining read none the less.
Stephanie
Eh. I was slightly disappointed by this book. Good plot, bad writing. Which is surprising because apparently Oli Smith has written many other Doctor Who books for other Doctors. Maybe that's the problem. I felt like he didn't have a handle on these characters. The Doctor didn't seem to be Matt Smith (which is a common problem with these 11th Doctor books) but Rory was way too brave and there was something off about Amy too, though I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Oh Well. Still, it was a Do ...more
Katie
I'd give it three and a half stars if that were possible. It was a good story, but slightly confusing at times. The whole living-backwards-through-time thing was interesting, but a bit too hard to follow. The characters weren't bad, but Amy wasn't really Amy-ish. She broke down and cried once because the Doctor didn't trust her and Rory enough to do something, I can't even remember what now. So all in all, not the worst Who book I've read, but certainly not the best. That would be Touched by an ...more
Jenna
This book is about the Doctor, Amy and Rory stumbling upon a town of Stepford Wives and their husbands, and things not being as simple as it seems. I think this book captured the characters well, and I loved the storyline. I could definitely see how it would pan out on the television, and that's always important to me when reading adaptations of a television series. The storyline was interesting, and it was nice to see Amy and Rory working to look after themselves without the Doctor guiding them ...more
Christa L
The "timey wimey" parts of this novel were VERY interesting. Other than that this was a pretty poor novel. I know the first set of books based on a new series usually struggle to get the characters right because there's not much to go on, but they were so out of character I had trouble staying in the story. The Glamour Chase did a much better job with characterization. That said there are a few original characters in this novel that I liked quite a bit. This one's definitely a mixed bag.
Carole
Pas mal mais pas inoubliable. L'idée de départ est fascinante pourtant : le Docteur vit à
rebrousse-temps suite à un incident et doit changer la ligne temporelle très vite s'il ne veut pas disparaître ! Le problème, c'est qu'il est séparé d'Amy et de Rory les 3/4 du temps du coup ! En plus, je n'aime pas trop l'environnement il il évolue : les robots-tueurs sont assez basiques et les personnages secondaires pas assez développés à mon goût ! Ça se laisse lire, mais sans plus.
Pam
Android technology way ahead of the current time, a modern-day Pygmalion and Galatea, and a disrupted timeline -- it's quite good in the standards of Doctor Who stories. The writing, however, was just okay. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't awesome--or even good--either. The writing was just okay.

I'd like to see this as a TV episode. The story is engaging and has all the marks of a Doctor Who adventure, and I think it would be better presented on TV.
Claire
All of the Doctor & Amy books I've read haven't really sounded like them. I think this book has the worst characterisation so far especially how the Doctor talks to Rory, and he sounds like the tenth doctor most of the time anyway. Amy's charaterisation is also quite bad with some of the things she says. Also the Doctor, Amy & Rory are not really in the book very much either so I found it quite disappointing.
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