Doctor Who The Wheel of Ice by Stephen Baxter

I’ve known about this book for a little while but the cover image has only just appeared on Amazon and that’s prompted me to mention the book here.

British science fiction author Stephen Baxter has written a Doctor Who novel that is due for publication in August this year. Titled The Wheel of Ice it features the Second Doctor, a fact I am very happy about as Patrick Troughton is my favourite doctor.

Here’s the blurb…

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.

I’ve been reading Stephen Baxter’s books since about 1993 when I read his novel Anti-Ice and he’s one of my favourite science fiction authors currently writing. Incidentally one of my other favourite authors, Alastair Reynolds, is also writing a Doctor Who novel, this time featuring Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor.