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...
Dickson is sure he can hear something now, coming from all around him. A mystery figure pounces on him and he begins to choke.
Exit the TARDIS, Rose sees the Doctor trying to open a locked gate that blocks their way out of an enclosed space. They can hear a man struggling for his life, choking and shouting in terror. They open the gate to see two figures locked in a fight. The Doctor charges at the attacker, but is winded by the collision. When Rose arrives, the assailant decides to leave. Dickson thanks them and with the help of the newcomers, leads them to his work place.
Two figures watch from the shadows as they walk down a street.
Sir George Harding and his wife, Lady Anna are preparing for their party tonight. TSir George is having trouble with his clothes. His wife just laughs. The maid arrives, flustered, and says that Dickson has been hurt.
The Doctor and Rose help Dickson into the house to the drawing room. There he explains to them and Sir George, about the assailant. He was asking about the evening's guests. His master orders him to gain some rest, but he is stubborn and wishes to help Rose find the lavatory to wash her hands after falling and drawing blood. All the guests are present except for the Painted Lady.
Rose loses her way in the corridors and finds a small boy called Freddie to help her to the library. He takes her to a gallery and explains who all the guests are. There's Colonel Oblonsky, a regular visitor; Uncle Alex and Auntie Nadia; and a Lord Chitterington who works for the government. There are also two characters Freddie didn't know: Major Aske and Repple.
After returning Freddie to his room, Rose finds her way to the library and tells the Doctor about all the people Freddie has named. Feeling out of place, they head back to the TARDIS. It has disappeared.
The Doctor and the Doctor are searching for the TARDIS, when the Doctor realises that it was probably stolen. He decides that they should return to the house and agree to their invitation for dinner. Upon their arrival, a black car arrives and Dickson appears on the threshold of the house with an umbrella. He holds it up for the woman who appears from the car. She is obviously the Painted Lady. She announces that she is Melissa Heart. They enter the house once more.
They are now sitting down to dessert. Lord Chitterington and Koznyshevs have left. The Doctor seems keen to talk about the conspiracy. The room falls silent after his request. Colonel Oblonsky thinks that the Doctor is an agent. Repple explains that he would know if the Doctor is an agent. To Major Aske's disappointment he begins to announce that he wants his rightful country given back to him, somewhere called Dastaria. Melissa Heart seems to be enjoying herself. The others are talking about Russia and how they can regain their titles, how Lady Anna returned from there with her first husband and child, Freddie. Rose soon comes to the conclusion that the small boy is actually the Tsar of Russia.
Everything comes out then. Anna is actually Anastasia, relation to Tsar Nicholas II and Queen Victoria. Her first husband was a relation to the late Tsarina. With the Tsar dead and others in his family the same, Freddie automatically became the next in line. Colonel Oblonsky is then head of the Tsar's personal guard, the Koznyshevs are supporters and Lord Chitterington gives help from the government, but merely diplomatic help. Repple is just another supporter as he tries ti regain his title. Melissa Heart decides to leave as everyone moves to the drawing room. As she leaves, Rose notices Freddie who waves to her. She returns the wave.
In the drawing room, Rose sees that there is no hope for the revolution to succeed. Repple is talking with Oblonsky while Aske asks for a quiet chat with Sir George. Dickson arrives and the doctor asks more questions about the assailant. He is about to describe a noise when his master and Aske return. Suddenly there's a ticking noise, Dickson reveals it is the same as when he was attacked. The Doctor heads out into the hallway and says two latin words: Tempus fugit .
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- Ninth Doctor
- Rose Tyler
- Sir George Harding
- Peter Dickson
- Lady Anna
- Major Aske
- Melissa Heart
- Lord Wyse
- Colonel Oblonsky
- Matty Black
- Ronald Cheshunt
- Count Alexander Koznyshev
- Countess Nadia Koznyshev
- Lord Chitterington
- The Doctor and Rose are accused of turning up "Like A Bad Wolf"
- 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 phardcover 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, presumably due to use-of-likeness issues after she had left the programme.
- This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.
- Clockwork men also appear with the Tenth Doctor DW: The Girl in the Fireplace, the Eighth Doctor in EDA: Anachrophobia and the Second Doctor in DW: The Mind Robber.
- There is a mention of Rose 'dressing up' while the Doctor only has a 'new shirt'. (DW: The Unquiet Dead)
- Rose has a conversation with one of the servants in the Imperial Club, who makes her think of Gwyneth in DW: The Unquiet Dead.
- In the club, the Doctor looks at a painting of the French Revolution and says "That's not right". In the first episode of Doctor Who, An Unearthly Child, the Doctor's granddaughter, Susan Foreman, reads a book about the French Revolution and says the same words.
- The Doctor mentions to Rose at the end of the Season 2 episode DW: Tooth and Claw that Queen Victoria's descendants suffered from a condition called Haemophilia. This was also mentioned when The Doctor and Rose visit the British Empire Exhibition.
- The Doctor mentions his second regeneration and his exile to Earth. (DW: The War Games, DW: Spearhead from Space)
- The Clockwise Man occurs after: DWAN: Mr Nobody
- The Clockwise Man occurs before: NSA: The Monsters Inside
- The story was released as an audiobook read by Nicholas Briggs.
- The audiobook only available as a download from the AudioGo website.