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Doctor Who: Nuclear Time [Kindle Edition]

Oli Smith
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'My watch is running backwards.'

Colorado, 1981. The Doctor, Amy and Rory arrive in Appletown - an idyllic village in the remote American desert where the townsfolk go peacefully about their suburban routines. But when two more strangers arrive, things begin to change. The first is a mad scientist - whose warnings are cut short by an untimely and brutal death. The second is the Doctor...

As death falls from the sky, the Doctor is trapped. The TARDIS is damaged, and the Doctor finds he is living backwards through time. With Amy and Rory being hunted through the suburban streets of the Doctor's own future and getting farther away with every passing second, he must unravel the secrets of Appletown before time runs out...

A thrilling, all-new time travel adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory, as played by Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill in the spectacular hit Doctor Who series from BBC Television.

Product Details

  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (July 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TSE0BK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,920 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll need your timey-wimey glass for this one July 19, 2010
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I really loved this book, but be warned. It has more than the usual share of head-scratching time travel complications. The plot comes together well in the end, but those who have little patience for confusing effect-and-cause plotlines might find it slow going. Also, because of the time spent on the plot, there wasn't as much character stuff as in many DW novels. However, the character interaction that is there is good, particularly between Rory and Amy. The book does a good job of showing why those two are together in the first place, while still being true to the TV show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre but Instructive September 5, 2010
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This story is certainly unusual, what with a backwards time plot and all. But the primary story is about Man and his Creations. Most of the story is dedicated to android life, why we might create it, what flaws it might contain, and whether or not it will/would appreciate our effort.

Contrary to the one low review here, I felt that the characters were well drawn and the situations were full of suspense. One of the things I always look for is tight action surrounding a reasonable number of characters with whom the reader has been well acquainted. This delivered.

I thought this book did justice to Amy and Rory, as presented in the TV series; and the Doctor is compassionate and witty, if slightly less intelligent than we'd expect - he never quite grasps the necessity of speaking backwards - a feat I would expect him to assimilate and perform rather instantaneously.

All in all, though, it is a wonderful addendum to the fifth series books, all but one I've now read. Enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cool Yet Confusing. VERY Confusing... August 2, 2014
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The idea for this story, in and of itself, is fairly Doctor Who-ish and cool, but then..? It seems like the author can't decide whether to go with 'Silence in the Library' and somewhere near that level of chills, or with 'Blink' and it's time-paradoxes. The author then, it seems, instead of choosing one or the other, mashed the two together, and sprinkled some MASSIVE CONFUSION on top with a side of banter. While the story can be enjoyable (I had to read it a couple o times), all in all it gave me a headache.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work for me August 24, 2010
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Didn't really do anything for me. The plot device of the Doctor living backwards in time was done confusingly and nothing really was done character-wise. Amy & Rory were hardly there and we get no insights into them or the 11th Doctor. You could have changed the names of the companions & used a different Doctor and no one would be the wiser. Just can't recommend (sorry, author!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars American Dialogue is hilarious. December 18, 2013
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It's a great story, well-written, very typical of the BBC new adventures. Only stand-out thing, though, is that it takes place in America. The writer, very entertainingly for me, pops in minor British slang when the Americans are speaking. It's pretty amusing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Should have been called 'Unclear Time' October 8, 2013
My expectations are simple: A good story, well told. This book was neither. Complication was substituted for adventure. The Doctor's backward walk through time was underwritten and under-interesting. It is always a tragedy when one good idea (the TARDIS and the bomb) becomes a bad book. The editors at the BEEB should take more care. You can't just slap "Doctor Who" on any old piece of crap and slip it into the body of work that makes up the legendary Doctor. Maybe they accidentally published Smith's first draft. It needed to be sent back for a thorough rewrite. Coarse, thin and unworthy of the Doctor. *Raspberry!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reads too fast March 22, 2013
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Granted I am a fast reader but the story just ran faster than normal. I finished it in about 2 hours. If you are a science fiction fan you will catch the premise rather quickly. If I am going to pay $9 for a kindle book, that I cannot later sell to half price, I want it to take some time to get through. The story was good but not the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The adventure begins... January 15, 2013
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My daughter is a hugh fan of Dr. Who. She inhaled this and the other Dr. Who books she received for Christmas 2012.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like this story at all
I didn't like this story at all. It reminded me of some other story about robots that looked and acted like humans, the Stepford Wives, maybe.
Published 1 month ago by David Hazard
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
When Amy, Rory, and the Doctor land in Appletown, Colorado, nothing seems to be out of the ordinary. But as per usual, appearances are not to be trusted. Read more
Published on May 21, 2012 by JD
2.0 out of 5 stars The Negative Review I Didn't Want to Write
I really wanted to like this one. Oli Smith did a great job with a direct-to-audio romp in The Runaway Train. Read more
Published on July 31, 2011 by S. A. Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel, You Can't Keep It Straight In Your Head
The Doctor, Rory, and Amy find themselves in the idyllic Appletown. The trio notice fairly that things are not quite right in this place--for one thing it is a town in the middle... Read more
Published on July 24, 2011 by Ax20
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing...
I don't mind jumping around in time, but had a lot of trouble with this book. The changes were very abrupt and confusing. Read more
Published on July 11, 2011 by Arcane Code
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great DW novel
When I pick up a Doctor Who novel I don't wonder if it will be bad, I wonder just how good it will be. This one was good, not as great as some, but an interesting read nonetheless. Read more
Published on April 15, 2011 by Bishop
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Wibbly-Wobbly
It was very confusing in a fun way. I loved all of it except for the part where the Doctor left Amy and Rory behind, which I thought was a little unlike him.
Published on December 29, 2010 by MBrainspaz
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