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The Clockwise Man was the first novel in the BBC New Series Adventures series. It was written by Justin Richards and featured the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler.

Publisher's summary[]

In 1920s London, the Doctor and Rose find themselves caught up in the hunt for a mysterious murderer. But not everything is what it seems. 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...


Peter Dickson, a footman taking a smoking break, sees a black cat with a triangle of white fur under it's chin just before he is attacked by some sort of clockwork machine, which interrogates him. He is saved by the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler, who are visiting to see The Great Exhibition.

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  • The Doctor and Rose are accused of turning up "like a Bad Wolf".
  • Wagner and Tchaikovsky are mentioned.
  • Shakespearean characters Hamlet, Horatio, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are mentioned.
  • The Doctor guesses that the grapes in Sir George Harding's 1921 claret came from a small vineyard just outside Briançon.

Story notes[]

  • As Book 1 of the BBC New Series Adventures line, this book ushered in a new publication format for BBC Books. It released exclusively this and all future New Series Adventures featuring the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, as well as BBC Torchwood novels in hardcover format. The Quick Reads novellas were paperback releases and some limited-edition promotional paperback issues of Ninth and Tenth Doctor books would occur outside the UK. The Clockwise Man is the first Doctor Who novel to be released in hardcover since Target Books discontinued hardcover editions of its novelisations in the 1980s. It is the first original Doctor Who novel ever issued in the format.
  • Later reprints of this book removed the image of Billie Piper from the cover.
  • This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.


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Editions published outside Britain[]

  • Published in Finland by WSOY in 2006 as a hardback edition.
  • Published in Denmark by DR in 2006 as a hardback edition.
  • Published in the Netherlands by Memphis Belle in 2006 as a hardback edition.


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