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It is probably fitting that the first of the New Series Adventures is a story about identity and provenance, as the audience of 2005 was slowly finding out about the 9th Doctor's past and what kind of person he is. To this end, Justin Richards has the Doctor and Rose arrive in London in 1924 where they quickly fall in with a group of people, who have all been displaced by various wars and conflicts. There is quite a big cast of characters in "The Clockwise Man", some of them with conflicting back stories, others either unaware of their true identity or actively trying to deceive the people around them. Yet, despite these numerous agendas and personalities at play, the adventure never becomes confusing or convoluted. The different characters are easy to remember and they all come fully into their own over the course of the story. There are a number of little clues strewn throughout the tale and it is very satisfying when they eventually fall into place.
As always, Justin Richards manages to weave some interesting historical facts into his tale, without it ever seeming forced. Rose is written as a slightly generic companion, but her scenes with Freddie are absolutely wonderful. There are some gentle references to the Doctor "having been in the Wars", which fits in nicely with this period in history and in Doctor Who. On the flip side, we also see his dark exuberance when he confronts the villain with exclamations of "Wrong!" or "Try again!"
Nick Briggs is an excellent reader. His Ninth Doctor impression in particular is absolutely impeccable, but he also comes up with different voices for all the characters, making this highly enjoyable to listen to.
The ending is a little too drawn out, but on the whole "The Clockwise Man" is a nicely paced and well thought-out adventure for the Doctor and Rose. Definitely recommended.