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The Wheel of Ice

de Stephen Baxter

Séries: Doctor Who Event Hardcovers (5), Doctor Who (Classic Who Novel)

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Aboard the Wheel, a ring of ice and steel turning around a moon of Saturn and home to a mining colony supplying a resource-hungry Earth, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe become enmeshed in a critical situation. Suspected of sabatoge, they soon find themselves caught in a mystery that goes right back to the creation of the solar system. A mystery that could kill them all.… (mais)
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Dragged a bit in places..
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  DanJlaf | May 13, 2021 |
An okay read, but I found it dragged a bit. ( )
  davidbrider | Jan 24, 2019 |
Media-tie in books are not known consistency in quality. They are typically written by aspiring or struggling authors.

This book is the exception. It was written by the award-winning author Stephen Baxter, author of books such as [The Time Ships].

Baxter writes this tale of the second doctor in the mines of one of Saturn's moons. It is a cinematic tale where all the characters and settings feel real and authentic as a story can get.

If it were not set in the Doctor Who universe, but existed rather as a stand alone story, it would be heralded as a great book in its own right. That being said, the collective weight of the garbage books out there unfortunately bring it down.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction. ( )
  neverstopreading | Dec 21, 2017 |
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 Displacement Zone’ and interrupts their journey in order for the Doctor to investigate. They materialize in the rings of Saturn where a mining colony is harvesting one of the gas giant’s icy moons for bernalium. This is annomalous. Beranalium is almost unknown in our solar system. Why such a concentration of it exists here and why there are indications of time travel are the mysteries the Doctor must solve.

The second Doctor was my first, the one I first watched on TV, and I could picture him and his companions in this story. If I had not already been familiar with them, I doubt Baxter’s characterizations in this book would have been sufficient, though. This may have been intentional. If you did not already know these characters, you would not be reading this book, and any development the author tried to do, might conflict with your already established mental images of them.

The other characters were also sketched just enough to get an idea of who they were. Perhaps the one developed most was MMAC, an artificial intelligence embodied in a large construction machine. I found the idea of this gentle android with a heavy Scottish accent endearing. His backstory about having been raised to believe he was human was intriguing.

The villain in this story is a beautiful but otherwise loathsome corporate lackey, whose only goal is the efficient extraction of bernalium. She’s a bit one-dimensional and not easily believable, but she suffices for the sake of the story.

The setting is, I think typical of Stephen Baxter, at least judging from the few books I’ve read of his. It goes into detail about aerospace type science elements of the story, especially about Saturn’s rings and moons, in this case. There are other similarities with his other science fiction, too.

I’ve read a few books by Baxter, and I’ve always found his prose it a bit, well, ‘stiff’ for my taste. I also noticed the inclusion of something called skinsuits, clear, lightweight spacesuits, which I’ve seen in at least one of his other books. I imagine them to be something like cellophane but with amazing thermal properties. They don’t make sense to me, so much so that I find them distracting from the story.

Other than that, I found this to be a well-done Doctor Who tale. It held my interest and I found the read enjoyable. But then, I’m a fan of the Doctor. He’s a kind of anti-action hero in that violence is never his first and best solution to a problem. I find this refreshing.

I recommend the book to all Whovians, especially those who remember the second Doctor.
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  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
Meh, Okay all around and fine for a Dr. Who novel. Seems to be quite true to the style and feel of the TV show. Nothing wrong with it and nothing special. Imaginative fun for a summer afternoon. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
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Aboard the Wheel, a ring of ice and steel turning around a moon of Saturn and home to a mining colony supplying a resource-hungry Earth, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe become enmeshed in a critical situation. Suspected of sabatoge, they soon find themselves caught in a mystery that goes right back to the creation of the solar system. A mystery that could kill them all.

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