Review: Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice

Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice
Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On a bit of a Doctor Who binge this year courtesy of the 50th Anniversary, the new Doctor (Capaldi – brilliant!) and listening to loads of the audio books by Big Finish (www.bigfinish.com – definitely worth a look if you’re a fan). Read the Michael Moorcock Doctor Who novel earlier in the year, which I enjoyed, and then spotted this, another by a respected writer of sci-fi for adults. Had to pick it up. Despite mixed reviews I loved it. I haven’t been exposed to the second Doctor much, but got a real feel for his personality through this and enjoyed the two companions too, Zoe and Jamie. I found the pacing good – a gradual build up of tension and plot – and the setting thoughtful. The TARDIS materialises in the rings of Saturn and ends up on a space station around one of its moons from where a discovery that threatens the universe as we know it – what’s not to like?!

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