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Doctor Who: The Quantum Archangel (Past Doctor Adventures #38)

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In a university on planet Sweeney Earth, Paul and Arlene Cole have designed TITAN -- designed to penetrate the vortex and access the very foundations of reality. The Master, who is being pursued by the Chronivores, thinks that TITAN could be the perfect means of revenge...Mel's old friend Anjeliqua also works at the university and the Master charms her into giving him acce ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 2001 by Doctor Who Books
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John Kirk
Oct 08, 2011 John Kirk rated it did not like it
This features the 6th Doctor and Mel (Bonnie Langford), and the back cover says that it's set between "The Trial of a Time Lord" and "Time and the Rani". However, that doesn't really narrow it down too much, since the 6th Doctor regenerated at the start of "Time and the Rani" (and Colin Baker wasn't even in the episode), so what they're effectively saying is "This is one of the 6th Doctor's stories that took place during a big gap", and there are apparently several other novels set in that same ...more
Sarah Hayes
Jun 14, 2010 Sarah Hayes rated it really liked it
Originally posted here at Anime Radius.

There has always been something about the idea of the Doctor and his companion leaving on uneven terms that has always intrigued me, despite the ugliness of the scenario – doubly so if it is the Doctor who causes the break up. At the beginning of The Quantum Archangel, this very thing is happening between the Doctor and Mel, and it colors the rest of the novel, adding a layer of depth to the Doctor and Mel’s respective scenes. What do you do when you’re a c
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Jacqueline O.
This story is a sequel to the aired Jon Pertwee (Third Doctor) story, "The Time Monster", which I re-watched prior to reading it. That was a good idea - several of the guest characters from that story re-appear in this one.

The Quantum Archangel features the Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) and Mel. The book opens with the Doctor and Mel recovering from a disaster -- and Mel is so devastated she decides to leave the Doctor. But when he drops her off, not only is he off by three years, but he discovers
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Travis
Jun 29, 2008 Travis rated it it was amazing
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These are the kind of Doctor Who books I like!
Craig Hinton has taken an enormous of Doctor Who history and tries to see where he can fit bits of it together to form a whole. Then he takes a bunch more history and dumps it in because it would be cool to read about and ends up with this brilliant book.

It starts as a sequel to the 'Time Monster', not one of my favorite Third Doctor TV episodes. He then adds in the Master, some great characterization of the the sixth Doctor and Mel (who is so much
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David Layton
Jan 03, 2016 David Layton rated it did not like it
Craig Hinton is perhaps my least favorite of the Doctor Who novelists. And this is my least favorite of his books. The main problem is that Hinton tries to write big, really big. We are talking all the universe all of space and time big. But, his rather pedestrian approach to cosmic plots creates a huge dischord. I am always leary when mere mortals try to write about and in the point of view of gods or godlike beings. The earthly metaphors rarely match the immense powers that these beings are su ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Nov 10, 2015 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it
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A sequel to The Time Monster, featuring the Sixth Doctor, Mel and the Ainley!Master, and a host of other references to other Who stories, the epitome of "fanwank" (a term Hinton himself invented). Actually rather good fun, which is impressive given how awful the original story is, with a high point being the splintering of the narrative into various potential parallel realities where the history of the universe has worked out differently. Hinton also doe
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Patrick Hayes
Jan 06, 2013 Patrick Hayes rated it really liked it
A really ripping good Who adventure! This is paced liked the best Who stories because just as you think one problem has been solved, another quickly replaces it which is much worse. Adding to the chaos, and my enjoyment, was the return of the Master who is absolutely fantastically evil in this book!

A sequel of sorts to "The Time Monster" though it involves Doctor #6 and Mel, who really doesn't do to much in this book as she has walked out of the TARDIS and the Doctor's life. Several previous Wh
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Andrew
Apr 09, 2015 Andrew rated it it was ok
Hmmm....not the best Doctor Who spin off book I have read maybe not the worst but a bit pedestrian anyhow.
Part way into the book I couldn't really understand why the Doctor doesn't act quickly and bring the problems that will inevitably arise to closure..it seems that this incarnation of the sixth doctor is quite happy to wax lyrical and get little done...then half way through the book ups the ante and gets a tad cerebral and at times confused...
Some bits work it's respectful of Doctor Who mytho
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Angela
Jul 24, 2016 Angela rated it liked it
The Doctor and Mel fall out. Meanwhile, the Master is needing power to keep existing. This is a direct sequel to 'The Time Monster', and expects the reader to be familiar with it. There's some really nice character set pieces, and some very decent plot twists. It has quite a lot of techno babble that slows the flow of reading. This is a shame as otherwise it would be a stand out book. This is a good Master story.
Sean
Mar 18, 2012 Sean rated it liked it
A good, solid romp that dials it up to 11: The Master, big cosmological super-beings, continuity references up the yahzoo. Hell, I'm a pretty sad Doctor Who fan as far as they go, and I got lost pretty quickly amongst all the shout outs.

But I liked it, in the end. Good stuff.
Daniel Kukwa
May 02, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it really liked it
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As controversial as the 1970s 3rd Doctor story from which it was spawned. Count me among the supporters. This sequel is just...WILD! A big & brash middle finger to all those who dislike "The Time Monster"...you don't know what you're missing.
John Parungao
Jan 20, 2012 John Parungao rated it liked it
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Another excellent effort from Craig Hinton. Love this book because it's a sequel to a classic Doctor Who story and because once again Craig Hinton has made reading a Sixth Doctor story enjoyable.
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Craig Paul Alexander Hinton was a British writer best known for his work on spin-offs from the BBC Television series Doctor Who. He also wrote articles for science fiction magazines and was the Coordinator of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society. He taught mathematics in London, where he was found dead in his home on 3 December 2006. The cause of death was given as a heart attack.

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