Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards

Published February 26, 2020

Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards

Book info

  • Title Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man
  • Author Justin Richards
  • Year 2005
  • Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy

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...


I’ve been enjoying the current series of Doctor Who but it somehow made me nostalgic for the previous incarnations of the Doctor (not that Jodie isn’t doing an incredible job, you know she is). So I thought maybe a dip into the books that were released alongside the series might be in order, and I doubly thought an audiobook would fit the bill.

It took me a while to get used to listening to the Doctor rather than seeing him/her. Nicholas Briggs voices this first book and his version of the Doctor is a good one, it has that Northern goofiness so that you can immediately tell who it is but I did think it sometimes went a bit too far into the silly voice. Our Doctor can be serious too.

The pacing of a book rather than an episode means there’s time to pause, take stock, explore, rather than run headlong into a problem and I don’t know whether that helps or hinders the story. It felt a bit drawn out, but equally plenty happened to keep my attention. At one point I was struggling to maintain the different characters in my head but it all became clear by the end, and it was a good ending. So I might listen to more in future, although I don’t think this was as brilliant as I had hoped it would be.

Rating: 3 / 5

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