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Doctor Who: Magic of the Angels (Doctor Who: Quick Reads #6)

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'No one from this time will ever see that girl again...'

The Doctor, Amy and Rory round off a sight-seeing tour round London with a trip to the theatre. That's when things start to go wrong.

The Doctor wonders why so many young girls are going missing from the area. When he sees Sammy Star's amazing magic act, he thinks he knows the answer. Sammy's glamorous assistant di

Kindle Edition, 60 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Ebury Publishing
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Feb 09, 2016 Maťa rated it really liked it
Asi by si to zaslúžilo o polhviezdičky menej, ale kašlať na to. Už len preto, že mi to krásne pripomenulo časy, keď bol Doctorom Matt. Pretože tie jeho hlášky boli také, aké aj v seriály. Presne ten štýl. Autorka ich vystihla úplne skvelo a ja som si Matta a Pondovcov krásne pripomenula :3
Brooklyn Tayla
This was slightly terrifying, as expected, but really cool.
♥ Sandra
Feb 19, 2015 ♥ Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jeg elsker disse korte Doctor Who bøkene. Magic of the Angels var en flott fortelling, som jeg er veldig glad for at jeg leste. Den var ikke fantastisk, men jeg likte den supergodt.
Magic and Weeping Angels. Frightening and cool at the same time, but still too short!
Paul Baldowski
Feb 29, 2012 Paul Baldowski rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids with an interest in Who but short attention spans
A Quick Read can easily just slip by in a single sitting. At the end, you might feel the urge to go out and read more of an author, or you might be inspired to read another and another. A Quick Read done well provides a somewhat self contained tale that has a distinct beginning, middle and an end - and presents them with style, energy, enthusiasm, engagement... one or another, several or all.

Somewhere in the mix, 'Magic of the Angels' tells a self-contained tale with all the necessary elements,
This is the first Doctor Who novel(la?) I've read. It was enjoyable enough for an evening distraction. The plot was predictable, but not uninteresting. The characters (the Doctor, Amy, and Rory) acted a bit out-of-character at times, which was slightly disappointing as each has been so well established in the television series, but the intrinsic spirit of each character was retained. The overall story was very brief, making it great for a one-sitting read, but keeping it from delving too far int ...more
Jan 16, 2013 Katja rated it really liked it
Eleven, Amy, Rory and a Weeping Angel - how could I have resisted? Well written and gripping this book gave me two evenings of reading pleasure. I have to admit, however, that the ending was not a surprise and turned out to be pretty much what I expected - which is always a bit disappointing in a Doctor Who story, at least for me.
The characters are spot on, though; I could hear them in my head and enjoyed myself immensely.
This one will surely stay on my Kindle for a long time.
Jo Woolfardis | Infinite Variety Books
[Short review from memory to remind myself of my thoughts before I re-read and re-review]

(Definite re-read, but the previous of the series first. Initial memories: decent DW story with good writing. No idea on plot.)
Nov 27, 2013 Vera rated it it was amazing
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The Weeping Angels are one of my favourite villains, so I loved this book. I seriously read it in 1 hour, because it was so awesome.
Jan 03, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
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I love the Quick Reads. I found this one to be quite entertaining.
Jan 16, 2017 Maddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Doctor Who, it's hard to give it less than 4 stars. But somewhere between 3,5 to 4. It was a fun and quick read. The characters were spot on and it has some funny moments. The plot was fun, but since it was about the weeping angels I was expecting it to be more scary. It was sometimes written a bit childish, but other than that I loved it!
Oct 31, 2014 Hannah rated it liked it
This was actually much shorter than I expected, and there was definitely room for expansion. I know it's a Quick Read, but it could easily have been beefed up to the length of a regular novelization. As it "Magic Of The Angels" ends up an enjoyable but fairly simple yarn that doesn't really capitalize on the creepiness potential of the Weeping Angels.

One area in which it does stand apart from the other Moffat-era books, however, is that this story actually acknowledges the canon of the previous
Craig Hansen
Aug 06, 2013 Craig Hansen rated it liked it
Writing good Doctor Who is tricky enough when you are a script-writer. Pulling it off convincingly, so that Doctor 11 is distinctly and recognizably different from the character's previous incarnations, in print, is doubly challenging.

It's a task author Jacqueline Rayner manages to pull off, more often than not, in the short space of this pleasant novella. Although not quite groundbreaking nor forging new ground, Magic of the Angels is an enjoyable enough read, even though the prose at times see
Aug 13, 2012 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This is my first doctor who read and it was enjoyable. There is a challenge to deliver the complexities of doctor who within such a tight word count and I think the story does suffer a bit for that.

There were nice references to each characters past; each sticking to a regimented box of what that character is. Personally, I found that the most difficult with Amy. It felt more like the author had picked a bunch of common sayings and then interjected them randomly into the prose. There is being fa
Feb 15, 2016 Steve rated it liked it
A very short novella, part of the Quick Reads series intended to encourage people to start reading again if they've been discouraged or had problems before. There have been a number of Docotr Who stories in the range in previous years.

This one ticks all the expected boxes - the then current TARDIS crew (Smith and the Ponds), a popular monster and a present day Earth setting. The gang visits a theatre and sees a magic show, the climax of which is a young girl vanishing at the hands of a Weeping A
Scott Wozniak
Feb 12, 2014 Scott Wozniak rated it really liked it
Fans of the modern Doctor Who tv show would love this book. But if you aren't a regular watcher of that quirky, geeky, brilliant show then you wouldn't probably like this book.

It's short. It not a full novel. It's like reading an hour-long episode. And it assumes you know who the people are (Doctor, Amy Ponds, etc). It even assumes you know who the bad guys are. In fact, there are pretty much gratuitous references to past adventures they've had without any explanation at all. Again, if you know
May 28, 2014 Gregory rated it liked it
A magic show on a London stage.Amy,Rory and the Doctor are taking a trip to London and get kicked out of every single attraction London has to offer.We are talking about the 11th Doctor so that is expectable.What is unexpected is the usage of a Weeping Angel in one of London's central magic shows.Of course the Doctor is the right moment at the right place to save the day.Imagine what happens when the friends realize that some girls have been gone missing from the town.Will this have any connect ...more
Jul 19, 2016 Charlene rated it it was amazing
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This is a Quick Read adventure, but it packs in a very clever and entertaining story in just 110 pages! The Angels are of course brilliantly scary monsters and the author uses them to good effect. The idea of a magician using an Angel to create an ultimate disappearing act was a great one, and the danger that is always at hand when an Angel is loose made for some very tense moments in this story. The time travel aspect was also well done when the reader realizes what has happened to the assistan ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Nathan rated it did not like it
I'm very disappointed by this book. I was looking forward to it so much because I love Doctor Who and the Weeping Angels (the "villain" on which this book is based) are my favorite monsters on the show. Last year I read Touched by an Angel by Jonathan Morris, which was fantastic and I hoped this book would also echo that greatness.
It did not. It was far too short and that lead to it being rushed and poorly written. The author was too focused on being witty and filling her book with references fr
Patrick Hernandez
May 28, 2013 Patrick Hernandez rated it it was amazing
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This book brings in the wonders of Doctor Who, and adds a bit of magic. The book starts off like a normal Doctor Who episode. He has the normal lack of conciseness of what he is doing, and decides to go see a magic show with Amy and Rory. They had seen missing posters around, but still moved on. When they got there they had found that they already had tickets (remember to go do that later). Sammy Star is the magician, and he found something. They go through the show, the doctor telling outloud ...more
Another Doctor Who quick read. This one carries some of the fun Matt Smith seems to have with the character. The monsters this time are the iconic weeping angels that have the power to send one back in time, while feeding on your life-force, that life in the future you will no longer live out.
Complicated I know but in keeping with how they have been presented in the TV series. It is this playing with the concept of time that makes this story work a bit better for me and the concept of what is a
Purple Grapes Gabriella
Doctor Who:Magic of the Angels is an amazing book, that is able to become an episode. I like this book because, unlike the episodes, it describes the feeling of the Doctor, Amy, and Rory. All of a sudden, instead of enjoying a magic show, the Doctor sees a Weeping Angel. A Weeping Angel is a statue that if you look at it, and blink, it will move towards you, and might kill you. On the other hand, if you don't look at it, it will move, and may kill you. In the magic show, Sammy Star, the magici ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Duckpondwithoutducks rated it really liked it
Having just read a Doctor Who book featuring the 10th Doctor and Rose, I wondered if this one would have a different feel. And it did. Despite its' brief length, you felt the difference in the characterization of the 11th Doctor, Amy and Rory. It opened with the 11th Doctor being quirky and getting them all thrown out of every tourist destination they tried to visit. Then, it got scary with a weeping angel being the final act in a magic show. Then it got timey-wimey, with people thrown out of ti ...more
Oct 13, 2013 Gayle rated it really liked it
A pretty much straight-forward Doctor Who story, featuring the Eleventh incarnation plus Amy Pond and Rory Williams.

I love the concept of the Weeping Angels, especially the original concept of them sending you back in time and feeding on your time energy, and this story features that set-up.

Girls are going missing in London. After the TARDIS team are thrown out of various places, they come across a theatre show starring a magician called Sammy Star who is using a familiar-looking statue as one o
A cute story but although some of the repetition was necessary to the plot line it was a bit monotonous. This was also my first book I've read featuring Matt Smith as the doctor so that was a difference I had to contend with in the beginning. I still prefer the books featuring David Tennant's Doctor due to some of his mannerisms and the way he phrases things. Also due to the length of this book much had to be skimped on though I did appreciate the hints to previous episodes/books of Dr. Who that ...more
Feb 04, 2012 Dan rated it liked it
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The trouble with these "Quick Reads" books is that the story is so short it's limited as too how great it can be. As short stories in the Doctor Who world go this was a fairly decent one. The weeping angel was well used and the voices of the characters are fairly accurate, something that not all Doctor Who books get right.

It's not amazing but it's a decent short read. There was a clever idea for what happened to the angel in the end though that put in a smile on my face and mentions of the Doct
This book was awesome!!!!!!

This book was the first doctor who book I've ever read, and I'm glad I picked this one. I enjoyed this book so much, I made sure to get more of them, for, I am a major whovian. the only thing I didn't like about this book was that it was a bit short, but that's not an excuse for not liking the book, and anyway, it was a quick-read. it was funny and I could tell the author knew what they were writing and that they definitely have watched doctor who. if an 11 year-old gi
Charon Lloyd-Roberts
Pretty much picked this up as I was morbid curious and I've always seen Dr Who books scattered around Waterstones so I went ahead and bought it, and well it was okay it was nice to re-visit the world of Dr Who again and I recently learnt that this was a small series of quickreads so I now have to try locate the rest which will be fun.

Upside is I recently managed to buy a Dr Who book by Stephen Baxter and I look forward to delving into that soon.
Dec 10, 2012 Li rated it liked it
Fun but not enough.

The villain of the story is weak and I still don't get how he came about a Weeping Angel without being transported himself.

Love the Trio's interaction in the beginning of the story and the inevitable assignments everyone had. It felt true.

I just wanted more from the story and was left wanting. was fun reading a Doctor adventure (rather than seeing it on TV).

Definitely interested in reading some more.

William Cuthbertson
This sixty-page short story is a brief but enjoyable distraction that adds really nothing to the Doctor Who cannon, though it does do a good job of contextualizing the adventure with those from the television show. My one question is how (view spoiler)? I may not have been reading close enough to have noticed the time travel necessary for that to happen being made ex ...more
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Jacqueline Rayner is a best selling British author, best known for her work with the licensed fiction based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.

Her first professional writing credit came when she adapted Paul Cornell's Virgin New Adventure novel Oh No It Isn't! for the audio format, the first release by Big Finish. (The novel featured the character of Bernice S
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