• Doctor Who: Wheel of Ice

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: David Troughton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 16-08-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (98 ratings)


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 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.
©2012 Stephen Baxter (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 12-09-12

Slightly too long but a great adventure!

Im a huge DW fan and regularly listen to these audiobooks. This Doctor Who adventure features the 2nd Doctor and clocks in at 8-9hrs so i listened to this story in 1-2hr chunks but despite this i really enjoyed the story. David Troughton (son of the 2nd doctor Patrick Troughton) is a brilliant story teller who i find very engaging but for me, the real magic comes when David impersonates his Fathers voice (and although David already has that tobacco-y voice like his Dad,you close your eyes and it really is spot on....i can now see why Big Finish Productions have brought David on to play the 2nd Doctor in new audio plays).

Personally im not sure if this audiobook would appeal to DW fans who only watch the newer series but to fans of the entire series in general or the golden age of DW will thoroughly enjoy this story right until the end!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Steve on 25-01-17

It's nice to hear the second doctor back!

Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Who: Wheel of Ice to be better than the print version?

I've not read the print version but David Troughton's excellent impersonation of his father's doctor character certainly adds an extra dimension to the story.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was a little flat in all honesty.

What about David Troughton’s performance did you like?

Wonderful. You can close your eyes and almost visualise Patrick Troughton speaking the part. His tone, pace and general reading style are easy on the ear also.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really, any deaths in the story were quite detached and happened to characters there were almost star trek red shirt characters who you barely knew and disappeared just as quickly.

Any additional comments?

A good story but the blue creatures seem a little silly and don't really come over as particularly menacing or scary. The setting and descriptions are first class but, apart from the Tardis crew, the characters lacked dimension and I struggled to care about them. If you fancy some second doctor nostalgia, you'll enjoy this reading but don't expect to listen to a "Power of the Daleks" quality story.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jon Huff on 15-09-12

A Few Cracks In The Ice

Would you try another book from Stephen Baxter and/or David Troughton?

Most definitely.

Would you recommend Doctor Who: Wheel of Ice to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, especially if they are Second Doctor fans. The flavor of the characters is really well captured.

Any additional comments?

This is a very solid read. I am not familiar with Stephen Baxter's other work, but based on his work here I'd give it a go. I was definitely intrigued by the basic setting here, and Baxter did a good job of bringing it to life with a decent-sized cast of characters in addition to the main cast of the Doctor, Jamie and Zoe. Although some of the characters didn't really rise about the stock cyphers we're usually presented with, even in the television series, a few of them took on enough dimension to make them interesting. So it's good that the main cast is well rendered. It might have helped that I listened to the audio book, and David Troughton does an amazing impression of his father, the late Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor. It really is uncanny at times. The surprising thing is that he does a very good Jamie as well.

The main plot is intriguing enough, and unfolds in a pleasing manner for the most part. The mystery is solved little by little for the most part. One unfortunate exception occurs during one of the "interludes" in the book. The author uses this device to give us a bit of the backstory of certain characters or settings. For the most part, it works. But I feel like the nature of the main "threat" came too early during one of these interludes, and it became annoying that the main characters were falling behind us in discovering it's nature and it took some of the mystery away too early.

There is a subplot involving a visit to another moon that seems to not go much of anywhere. I think the point was to build up the guest cast a bit (and give Jamie something to do) but while Jamie comes off well, the guest cast with him never really comes to life. It just seems to be a series of misfortunes that happen to them that don't amount to much. I was also a bit annoyed at the number of times characters entered and exited the moon. They'd barely escape with their lives, and then head right back down again. I think this happened at least four times. Although the task ahead was different each time, it did feel a bit repetitive. Also - I must note that bomb defusing in a book is even less interesting than it is in TV shows or in the movies.

Still, all in all I found it an enjoyable experience in audiobook form, and I'm so happy past Doctors are finally getting new books again.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Clare on 28-11-12

Doctor Number Two

I am an old-time fan of the Doctor Who (DW) series. My tastes with DW have developed from loving the old series (Doctors 1 to 8) to really loving the new fast paced series (currently Doctors 9 to 11).

I was a bit concerned when buying this audiobook that it would a bit slower-paced then my new tastes with DW, however I was proven wrong. This is my favourite DW audiobook yet. The Wheel of Ice is a fresh, gripping and fun story. David's accent is quite enjoyable and brings something new to the DW audiobooks. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would like to hear more from this author and narrator.

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