Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards

In 1920s London the Doctor and Rose find themselves caught up in the hunt for a mysterious murderer. But not everyone or everything is what they seem. Secrets lie behind locked doors and inhuman killers roam the streets. Who is the Painted Lady and why is she so interested in the Doctor? How can a cat return from the dead? Can anyone be trusted to tell or even to know the truth? With the faceless killers closing in, the Doctor and Rose must solve the mystery of the Clockwise Man before London itself is destroyed...Featuring the Doctor and Rose as played by Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper in the hit series from BBC Television.

~Guest Review by Britt~

I really enjoyed The Clockwise Man. Here we have the 9th Doctor and Rose in 1920’s London planning to see the British Empire Exhibition. However, it is a Doctor Who novel and nothing ever really goes to plan when the Doctor is around. They wind up getting caught in the middle of a hunt for a mysterious murderer, and all sorts of strange things happen. There are many twists and turns and nothing is what it appears to be.

The story picks up right away. The little prologue before chapter one reminds me a bit of the first five minutes of a Supernatural episode, successfully making you want to continue reading and figure out what in Rassilon’s name is going on with the strange cats.

Justin Richards has shown the strong bond between Rose and the Doctor extremely well. The playful banter between the two is perfect and I can easily hear their voices in my head while reading it because he has stayed so true to each of the characters’ personalities. In the show, the amount that they care for each other is blatantly apparent, and you spend a lot of time wondering when the Doctor will get over himself and just kiss her already. I mean, look at this!

It’s a bit ridiculous how obvious it is that they love each other. And Justin Richards has captured this element beautifully. You can practically see the little grins and stolen glances they give each other and the amazing dynamic that they have going in the book perfectly coincides with the performances of Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper.

Now, the plot of the book itself is very intriguing and clever, and it is executed in a way that younger audiences will have fun reading it, but older ones would find it enjoyable as well. It has a darker tone than some of the series, but it is still light-hearted and humorous and I would have no issues allowing my nine-year-old sister read it. It is rather fast-paced—it’s Doctor Who what would you expect—but there are slower bits where the suspense and mystery really build. Also, morals and justice play a significant part in this particular adventure, dealing with death, war, and the collateral damage that comes with bringing down a tyrant.

All in all, it’s a fantastic read and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes Doctor Who or is looking for light sci-fi that isn’t too hard core and difficult to understand. 

source~ purchased book

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