Cover & Synopsis: “Doctor Who: The Wheel Of Ice” by Stephen Baxter

SFX has posted the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Doctor Who: The Wheel Of Ice by Stephen Baxter. It features the second Doctor and companions Jamie and Zoe. Here’s the synopsis:

Resilience. Remembrance. Resolution. Whatever the cost.

She had no name. She had only her mission – she would return Home. And bathe in the light of a long-dead sun… Even if it meant the sacrifice of this pointless little moon to do it.

The Wheel of Ice: a ring of ice and steel turning around a moon of Saturn, home to a colony mining minerals for a resource-hungry future Earth. A bad place to grow up.

The Wheel has been plagued by problems. Maybe it’s just gremlins, just bad luck. But what’s the truth of the children’s stories of ‘Blue Dolls’ glimpsed aboard the gigantic facility? And why won’t the children go down the warren-like mines? 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 three strangers who have just turned up out of nowhere look like prime candidates to be accused of sabotage … The Doctor finds himself caught up in a mystery that goes right back to the creation of the solar system. But it’s a mystery that could have dire repercussions for the people on the Wheel. It’s a mystery that could kill them all.

The 320-page hardcover releases in the U.S. and U.K. in August 2012.

2 thoughts on “Cover & Synopsis: “Doctor Who: The Wheel Of Ice” by Stephen Baxter”

  1. I guess with authors like Baxter, Cornell, Moorcock and now Stephen Baxter lining up to do them, any stigma Doctor Who might have had as being SF trash (a relic of its production values in the past) is long, long, LONG gone.

  2. I think I read that Alistair Reynolds is supposed to be doing a DW novel too (the Third Doctor and Jo Grant). Not sure when it’s supposed to be out. (And, FYI, no less than Brian Aldiss has a short story in the first Brilliant Book of Doctor Who.)

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