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The Wheel of Ice

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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 1/10/17 7:02 am
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David Troughton was excellent in this audiobook, bringing the 2nd doctor back to life, as well as Jamie, and Zoe, and giving distinct voices to a very wide variety of characters, He gets a 10 with no problem.

Some of the story drags, like the part with Zoe's story of the Karkas, in which, I saw no reason at all for it to be in the book, but in the end with the little one dressing like the Karkas, I can at least see where the author was going, and there was a hilarious joke where Mac asked why the little one was wearing a cape.

Overall, I really liked it, almost 10 hours on 8 discs, makes it well worth my money, and near the top of my replay list.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/24/15 10:07 am
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There are two positive things I can say about the Wheel of Ice.

Author Stephen Baxter is superb at the art of world building and Wheel of Ice is full of great concepts: Pioneers in space, a society where humans are segregated by categories A, B, and C. And a more rigorous pioneer lifestyle for youth. The concept of the Archive, the blue dolls, and the plan to reach the Silurians that failed is intriguing as is the necklace that brought Mayor Laws to the Wheel. The idea of a Scottish robot in space is also fun.

The audiobook is read by David Troughton, son of Second Doctor Actor Patrick Troughton and he manages to bring his father as well as Jamie McCrimmon to life on the audiobook. His reading of the story is very talented and proficient throughout.

The book's strengths are outweighed by its weaknesses. The book is boring. There are too many characters running around, all of them pretty flat and one dimensional. A few (such as Florian Hart) are irritating. The plot crawls particularly through the last half. We're asked to care about characters and situations we have no reason to. For example, we're asked to care that Sam improves relationship with his Mom's ex-husband with no real reason.

The Wheel of Ice is like a fantastic set on which a mind numbingly boring movie is shot. Baxter is so busy describing conferences and meeting, and giving us political speeches that he failed to build a convincing plot, so what we're left with is slow and tiresome.
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Reviewed By: StevoReview Date: 9/1/14 4:59 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Classic adventures with classic Doctors are back! Stephen Baxter (author of the 'Xeelee Sequence' series of sci-fi novels) was chosen to write this Second Doctor adventure. Which is probably aimed at us older fans who wanted a bit more from the BBC's range of Doctor Who novels. The plot does meander a bit and I did find the background 'interludes' a bit distracting after a while, but Stephen Baxter has done his homework and has managed to capture the Second Doctor's era remarkably well. This really does have the feel of a proper Second Doctor adventure.

'The Wheel of Ice' is a simple - and traditional - Doctor Who story which starts in the classic 'base under siege' mode that all Doctor Who fans would be familiar with... The Second Doctor, Jamie & Zoe arrive on the Wheel, not completely by accident this time, at a time when things are being sabotaged. They of course get the blame from some quarters, so then have to prove themselves innocent and solve the mystery of what exactly is happening, making friends and enemies along the way. So not exactly an original Doctor Who storyline! However, this a Second Doctor story that is very faithful to the televised era of Doctor Who in which it was set (1969). Which is what I want from these BBC Doctor Who novels.

This audio-book is narrated by David Troughton who, unsurprisingly, manages to capture his Father's style and nuances very well. Although he does a good job of narrating the other voices too. Which makes this an entertaining audio-book to listen to. Fans of Patrick Troughton's Doctor should love this, I do.
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Reviewed By: linaReview Date: 9/1/13 10:57 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Bought the book, and the audiobook. Wonderful story, and David Troughton is great :) First book since the new series, with a classic Doctor. Here's to more classic adventures!!!