Sunday, 11 May 2014

Doctor Who: Touched By An Angel

Presenting Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #46 Doctor Who: Touched By An Angel by Jonathan Morris.

Here is the summary of the book:

'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.

An adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor, as played by Matt Smith, and his companions Amy and Rory

Among the Daleks, Cybermen, and the Silence, the Weeping Angels can be considered a formidable enemy and I admit on par with the Daleks on the scary quota. They had some of the most terrifying episodes in their repertoire too including 'Blink', 'The Time of Angels', 'The Angels take Manhattan' etc.

GOD I still remember David Tennant's 10th Doctor Dialogue from the episode 'Blink' --- "Don't Blink. Blink and your dead. Don't turn your Back. Don't look away. And don't blink. Good Luck."

The Weeping Angels are one of my favorite monsters and I knew I just had to read this adventure, the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) has with Amy & Rory and the Angels.... And this new cover is just enough to bring me on board.

Just as usual the weeping angels are up to no good sending unsuspecting innocents to the past and sounding the proverbial dinner gong, consuming their potential energy and in the Doctor's words, the only psychopaths in the universe to kill you nicely.....

And this time they chose this guy Mark Whitaker as their guinea pig. His wife Rebecca died 8 years ago and since then his life had been but one of misery.... Thus the angels have the perfect opportunity for a paradox and the Doctor, Amy & Rory have their work cut out for them if they wish to prevent the end of the world.

It takes a bit for me to get into the Doctor Who adventures as a novel, since we are used to the tv shows more than the books.... But this is a very heart shattering and touching story. In my limited Doctor Who book experience, the ones I had the chance to read, exhibit an amazing plot but they are not able to incorporate it well and it falls short of the excitement felt when watching the show. Definitely not the case here AT ALL.

The plot is very good. Well paced and well conceived. And the villains of the story are well described..... terrifyingly portrayed by the author. And just like in the episode 'BLINK', it is not the Doctor and his companions but Mark who is the central character to this story. His trials against those dreaded statues really brought me to tears.

Lastly, I would only say this, fan of Doctor Who or just looking for a great read..... then do pick this up and be awed at the brilliance of the tale.... And of course who could forget that little Easter egg from the 10th Doctor's era.... I am sure, you might have already as to what it is...... If not then I definitely urge to not give this one a miss. 

"A brilliant, cunning & emotive adventure with the Doctor, Amy & Rory and the Weeping Angels"

Genre :     Fantasy, Sci-fi, Tv Tie-in

Publisher: BBC Books

Release Date: 6th March, 2014

Rate:             5/5 (It was Amazing)

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