|'Wheel of Ice'
by Stephen Baxter
Resilience. Remembrance. Resolution. Whatever the cost.
The Wheel. 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 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 of the sabotage. They soon find themselves caught up in a mystery that goes right back to the creation of the solar system. A mystery that could kill them all.
16th August 2012
*Featuring the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe
*A BBC Books Novel
*Time placing: the Doctor mentions that the TARDIS has no defense system activated, so I'm choosing to place this story prior to 'The Krotons' on the basis that this prompts him to activate the ship's 'H.A.D.S.' system!