Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Book Review: Doctor Who: Touched By An Angel

Author: Jonathan Morris
Title: Doctor Who: Touched By An Angel
Publisher: Random House UK
Publish Date: March 11, 2014
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: 
The past is like a foreign country. Nice to visit, but you really wouldn't want to live there.' In 2003, Rebecca Whitaker died in a road accident. Her husband Mark is still grieving. He receives a battered envelope, posted eight years earlier, containing a set of instructions with a simple message: 'You can save her.' As Mark is given the chance to save Rebecca, it's up to the Doctor, Amy and Rory to save the whole world. Because this time the Weeping Angels are using history itself as a weapon.
Review: Jonathan Morris really captures The Eleventh Doctor perfectly in Touched By An Angel. I have to say, I'm a little tired of the Weeping Angels, but this story is perfect. The whole time I was reading it, I wanted to hand it to Steven Moffat and say, "You should have made an episode from this one!"

That's why this Doctor Who novel gets extra props. Most of these tie in books read like not always so good fanfiction, but this one is head, shoulders and two hearts above all the rest.

1. You really identify with Mark Whitaker and his back story with his wife Rebecca. You love him, you hurt for him and occasionally you want to give him a good shake. Who is its best when it tugs at your heart strings, and this book does just that.

2. Amy and Rory are the best. Eleven didn't get a lot of companions, but no matter, no one can top The Ponds. I love the banter between the three of them, especially when The Doctor tries to recruit Rory as his secretary. There's some references to all the "waiting" Rory did in the show as well.

3. The fez and coolness. It wouldn't be an Eleventh Doctor adventure with a hat and him trying to convince us all that he's cool.

The only downside to this story is that the monster/aliens are those Weeping Angels. They just aren't terrifying anymore, like they were when they first appeared in the episode "Blink." However, Jonathan Morris did give them a better story than what they got in their appearances on the show, plus he leaves you wondering, if we could really bring Amy and Rory back...after their "Angels In Manhattan" episode.

A great read for Who fans!

Rating: 5 flowers


2 comments:

jirrinereads said...

Doctor Who is not that popular in the Netherlands so I am not quite familiar with the series and books. I have started watching the series and I quite like it! Are the books like episodes?

The Mistress of the Dark said...

If you get the books that feature the companions then yes, they feel like you're reading an episode. I've not really enjoyed the books or stories that don't feature familiar companions :) Hope that helps...oh and if you can watch it...look for the episode Vincent and The Doctor, it is beautiful :)

 
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