Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice

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Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice

The TARDIS gonna land where the TARDIS gonna land. That seems to be the case in this installment of Doctor Who fanfiction, in which the Doctor and his companions, Zoe and Jamie, end up stranded on Saturn after the TARDIS detects a direct continuum implosion. Trouble is afoot for the humans taking up residence within what they call “the Wheel of Ice” and it’s up to the Doctor to save the day!

I really enjoyed reading this Doctor Who story. As a Whovian, it was nice to see some things from the Doctor Who universe in this story as well as seeing the beloved Doctor in action. As I read this story, I could not help comparing the Doctor in this story to the Doctor in the TV show. And some things the Doctor did in this story reminded me of past episodes (for example, when the Doctor uses himself as bait for the enemy and tries to encourage the enemy closer to him, I could not help but remember the episode in which the Doctor exposed himself to a Cyberman and cried out, “Look at me, I’m a target!”) While reading this story, I chose to picture the Doctor as portrayed by Matt Smith, and this seemed accurate since a character comments on the Doctor’s bowtie. (They’re cool, ya know!) The Doctor seemed to be portrayed quite accurately in this story, though there were times he acted a little “off.”

The companions in this story were likable, though I could not help but marvel over Jamie’s cluelessness over some of the things the Doctor said. (Had a good laugh over the “neutrino”/”new tree” mix-up.) But, then again, this is often the case with the Doctor’s companions. Sometimes the Doctor gets them confused! The people living on the Wheel of Ice were quite interesting indeed. I know the character Jo Laws explains why she decided to move from Earth to Saturn when the opportunity arose, but it’s still hard to wrap my brain around. Yes, she had good reason for leaving Earth, and the colony established for humans seemed habitable, but it is hard to grasp that someone would look at all the things wrong on Earth and decide to move to a whole ‘nother planet. Even so, seeing what could be for humans should such an event ever happen was an interesting reading experience, and it was also curious to see how even on Saturn humans have a way of fighting amongst each other and creating the same problems we have on Earth. Apparently, moving to another planet is not the answer to all of the problems humans are having on Earth, because we only end up taking our problems with us!

The Wheel of Ice was an enjoyable, action-packed story that was hard for me to put down. I loved reading this story and definitely recommend it to every Whovian who enjoys reading Doctor Who fanfic.


Book Blurb for 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 places, but now, when they don’t want to go anywhere, the TARDIS makes a decision for them. Like it or not, they’re coming in for a landing, who knows where or when…

The Wheel. A ring of ice and metal turning around a moon of Saturn, home to a mining colony supplying a resource-hungry Earth. It’s a bad place to live—and a worse place to grow up.

The colony has been plagued by problems. Maybe it’s only a run of bad luck, but the equipment failures and thefts of resources have been increasing. And there are stories among the children of mysterious creatures glimpsed aboard the Wheel. Some of the younger workers are even refusing to go down into the warren-like mines any more.

And then one of them, surfing Saturn’s rings, saves an enigmatic blue box from destruction.

Once on the Wheel, the Doctor and his companions face a critical situation when they become suspected by some as the source of the ongoing sabotage.

They soon find themselves caught in a mystery that goes all the way back to the creation of the solar system. A mystery that could destroy the Wheel—and kill them all...


Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2014 5.00