The Wheel of Ice (novel)

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The Wheel of Ice was the first Doctor Who novel to feature one of the incarnations of the Doctor from the "classic series" since Atom Bomb Blues in December 2005. It was also the first since the relatively recent Code of the Krillitanes to centre on a past Doctor, and the first since 2005's World Game to use the Second Doctor.

Publisher's summary[[edit]]

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. It's a bad place to live. Worse to grow up.

The colony has been plagued by problems. Maybe it's just gremlins, just bad luck. But the equipment failures and thefts of resources have been increasing, and there have been stories among the children of mysterious creatures glimpsed aboard the Wheel. Many of the younger workers refuse to go down the warren-like mines anymore. And then sixteen-year-old Phee Laws, surfing Saturn's rings, saves an enigmatic blue box from destruction.

Aboard the Wheel, the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe find a critical situation — and they are suspected by some as the source of the sabotage. 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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  • This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.
  • This is the first novel to feature the particular "TARDIS team" of the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe since PROSE: The Indestructible Man in November 2004.
  • It's easy to believe that this is the first novel with a "past Doctor" since the end of the Past Doctor Adventures line. However, there were a number of "late" Tenth Doctor novels, both in print and audio, that were released between the BBC One premieres of The End of Time and The Eleventh Hour.
  • The German release of the novel calls the Doctor "Doktor Who" in the plot summary on the back of the book.


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Editions published outside Britain[[edit]]

  • Published in the USA by Ace Books in 2012 as a hardback edition and 2014 as a paperback edition, it was one of three books published by them in the 2010's.
  • Published in Germany by Cross Cult in 2014 as a hardback edition, it was one of five books published by them in the 2010's.
  • Published in France by Milady in 2015 as a hardback edition, it was one of three books published in the 2010's.


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