Doctor Who: Wheel of Ice

  • by Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by David Troughton
  • 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Matthew

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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- Steve

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-08-2012
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited