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Doctor Who - Rad aus Eis

(Adventures of the Second Doctor #60)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,673 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Eine Polizei-Notrufzelle, die keine Polizeizelle ist, rast durch einen Strudel jenseits von Zeit und Raum. Die TARDIS hat den Doktor und seine Begleiter Jamie und Zoe zu allen möglichen Orten geführt. Doch als sie ohne bestimmtes Ziel reisen, trifft die TARDIS eine Entscheidung für sie … und ob sie nun wollen oder nicht, sie werden landen, wer weiß schon wo und wann?!

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 2013 by Cross Cult (first published August 16th 2012)
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Leah Chappell It would be great for a ten-year-old who loves reading and Doctor Who. It might be a little difficult for the average ten-year-old, however.
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B Schrodinger
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
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.

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 ...more
Jun 19, 2014 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 ...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
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
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'
D.L. Morrese
Feb 10, 2013 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
Nov 28, 2013 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
Stephen Baxter is no stranger at tapping into the zeitgeist of the genre, having penned homages to both Arthur C. Clarke and HG Wells. Here, with great affection, and a welcome modicum of scientific rigour, he gives us his take on one of the grandest humanist cornerstones of SF: the irascible, lovable, and quite impossible Doctor Who ... (Apart from attracting notable heavyweigts like Baxter, Michael Moorcock and Alastair Reynolds, Doctor Who is pehaps unique in launching the careers of other ...more
Alias Pending
Sep 28, 2012 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.
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
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a Doctor Who novel by Stephen Baxter.This is pure Stephen Baxter book that features Doctor Who characters.The Wheel of Ice has Baxter's classic hard sf expertise,his deftness at wordbulding,and his excellent sense of deep time.This is consummately crafted and intelligent little novel.A joy to read.

Ignore those few hostile reviews.They are typical example of fanboy stupidity and narrow midneded thinking.Perfect reason to stay the hell away from sf/fantasy or any other kind of
Feb 20, 2013 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
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'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
Aug 16, 2012 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
Richard Guion
I listened to the audiobook version, which is a delight - narrated by David Troughton, the son of the 2nd doctor, who sounds just like him. Troughton does an excellent job on all the voices, including Jamie McCrimmon (the Scotsman from the 18th century) and Mac, a robot built by people in Scotland who has a very thick accent.

I was comforted to hear the voices of the 2nd Doctor, also there are sound effects for other things, such as the Tardis and various explosions. However, unlike most novels,
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
Feb 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Notably the first Past Doctor Adventure since 2005, The Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe arrive a wheel. A space station orbiting a moon of Saturn.

Baxter really captures this TARDIS team perfectly, it’s an enjoyable Sci-Fi adventure. He takes he’s time describing the world.

It’s a welcome addition to the collection, I’d hope the BBC will continue to release more stories aimed at a slightly older audience alongside the current New Series Adventures.
Feb 10, 2013 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
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
Jun 29, 2015 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, ...more
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
Aug 12, 2015 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 ...more
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,
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
Nicholas Whyte
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, 1208, doctor, who, 2nd, jamie, zoe[return][return][return]This is a good Who novel, and a decent Baxter novel. The vast emptinesses are tempered both by the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe's experiences (and all three get some excellent stretching as characters) and by the internal dynamics of the human colony (a classic Troughton-era base under siege, with added marital discord and stroppy teenagers). Yet at the same time he has ancient, weird aliens, and a mystery stretching across millions of ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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 ...more
Feb 24, 2013 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 ...more
Mar 30, 2013 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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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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