Bott, Claire

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(?   -    ) UK poet, journalist and author whose first novel is a tie remotely associated with the Doctor Who universe: Time Hunter: The Clockwork Woman (2004) comprises the surprisingly intense and sophisticated first-person narrative of the eponymous Android driven by clockwork, an image of fantasy Bondage [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] most famously utilized by Russell Hoban in The Mouse and his Child (1967). The tale is set in 1805, and the heroine's immurement in her condition is underlined by references both to Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), whose A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) informs the text as much as does her daughter Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus (1818). There are also echoes of Pinocchio. But The Clockwork Woman is a Time Travel fable, and ends happily. [JC]

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