The Clockwise Man

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The Clockwise Man
Clockwise Man.jpg
Author Justin Richards
Series Doctor Who book:
New Series Adventures
Release number
Subject Featuring:
Ninth Doctor
Set in Period between
"The Long Game" and
"Father's Day"
Publisher BBC Books
Publication date
May 19, 2005
ISBN ISBN 0-563-48628-7
Preceded by None
Followed by The Monsters Inside

The Clockwise Man is a BBC Books original novel written by Justin Richards and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was published on May 19, 2005, alongside The Monsters Inside and Winner Takes All. It features the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler.

It is the first book in the New Series Adventures line, and as such is the first original novel to feature the Ninth Doctor or any characters from the revival of Doctor Who. It is also the first Doctor Who novel to be published in hardcover since the mid-1980s; all New Series Adventures books were released exclusively in hardcover until 2013.


The Doctor and Rose travel back in time to London in the year 1924 in a trip to the British Empire Exhibition, only to find themselves caught up in the hunt for a mysterious, inhuman murderer. They meet a woman who never shows her face, a cat that can return from the dead, and people who may not even know the truth. They must solve the mystery before the whole of London is destroyed.


Rose and the Doctor arrive in 1924 London to see the British Empire Exhibition.

The Doctor tells the party that they've lost their lodgings, and Repple (one of the guests) says that there are rooms at the Imperial Club, and he will vouch for them. The Doctor asks what the 'conspiracy' is about as he takes his jacket off. It comes out that Freddie is the rightful Tsar of Russia, and Repple is the deposed leader of Dastaria. As they move from the dining room to the drawing room, Melissa leaves, letting herself out.

Repple suggests they walk to the Imperial Club, and the Doctor goes to get his jacket. It is missing, and he seems more upset about that than the loss of the TARDIS. They arrive at the club and meet Mr Wyse in the Bastille room. He is wearing a monocle and playing chess with himself. There is a black cat with a triangle of white fur under the chin sitting in the room with him. He tells them that Mr Pooter endowed the club originally, but he is away a lot and likes his privacy, so Mr Wyse runs the place and lives there.

Melissa takes the Doctor and Repple back to her home, and locks them in a room with thick glass windows looking into the Thames. The Doctor works through the various versions of the story of Shade Vassily. He tells Repple that when he bothers to listen, he can hear a clock ticking, but Repple cannot hear it. Then the Doctor tells him that he isn't Shade, he just thinks he is, and reaches up to take off Repple's face. Repple looks at his reflection in the glass, and sees the clockwork face of Melissa's Mechanicals. The Doctor tells Repple that they still need to find a power-mad homicidal maniac with a superiority complex.

The Doctor and Wyse get into a fight, and Wyse manages to restart the mechanism. Realizing something more substantial is needed to destroy it, Repple tries to throw himself inside, but the Mechanical knocks him out and sacrifices itself in his stead. Wyse is attacked by the broken cat, and falls from the tower. Freddie loses a lot of blood and dies and Melissa returns the TARDIS. Repple's broken arm is replaced by the Doctor with one from the broken Mechanical, and he has another of the cats for company.

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