The Wheel Of Ice

The Wheel Of Ice
The Wheel Of Ice
Synopsis

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. 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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Notes

  • The Wheel of Ice was the first Doctor Who novel to feature one of the BBC Television Centre incarnations of the Doctor 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.
  • The Kystra were a race of traders.
  • The Doctor has a book in the TARDIS called Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.
  • Zoe mentions the Ice Warriors and their use of the T-Mat network in the late 21st century. (The Seeds of Death)
  • The Doctor recognises one of the early British probes which was sent to Mars in the 1970s. (The Ambassadors of Death)
  • Jamie refers to Bonnie Prince Charlie, with whom he had fought at the Battle of Culloden on 16 April 1746. (The Highlanders)
  • The Doctor is able to survive in the vacuum of space for half an hour due to his respiratory bypass system. (Pyramids of Mars)
  • Florian Hart has read reports from UNIT about the numerous alien incursions which the organisation covered up. (The Invasion)
  • Zoe recalls her Space Station W3 colleagues Leo Ryan and Gemma Corwyn. (The Wheel in Space)
  • Upon his arrival on Titan, the bleak landscape reminds Jamie of the Land of Fiction. (The Mind Robber)

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