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Doctor Who: Touched By An Angel (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #47)

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"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 ago, 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
Hardcover, 237 pages
Published June 23rd 2011 by BBC Books
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Dan Schwent
Eight years after his wife's death, Mark Whitaker receives a letter from his future self, giving him instructions on how to save her. But why are the Weeping Angels following Mark? And can The Doctor, with Rory and Amy in tow, stop the Weeping Angels from rewriting history? Of course he can! He's the Doctor...

I got this from Netgalley.

I have a few Doctor Who tie-in novels under my belt at this stage in the game and few of them really manage to capture the feel of a Doctor Who episode. Touched By
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"Life's too short to be miserable, basically. If you can be happy, then BE happy."

This book was amazing for all sorts of reasons. First and foremost, it featured the Weeping Angels which are, in my opinion, one of the best and most terrifying Doctor Who baddies. It can't be easy to write a story where the enemy only moves when you aren't looking at it, but Jonathan Morris did a splendid job with the writing and building all sorts of tension and scares. Secondly, there was a ton of wonderful bant
I know the Doctor Who books these days are aimed at a younger audience. This is right and proper. And they're *good* books. I'd gnaw off my own leg for the chance to write one. But I must admit, as a 39 year-old *reader*, a tiny part of me misses the days of Virgin's New Adventures and the better BBC Books, when they were aimed at adults.

In some ways Jonny's book feels very adult focused - with it's seemingly endless list of 90s pop culture references - there's even an Echobelly gag, oddly the
The Weeping Angels are my favorite Doctor Who villians. They don’t “exist” if you are looking at them, they can’t speak, you can’t hurt them, and they don’t give up. They are so insidiously menacing. Touched By An Angel takes these now classic Who villians and puts a new spin on them. They are ever resourceful, and in this story their plan to feed off of even more concentrated time energy is ingenious. And wrapped up in the life of Mark and Rebecca Whitaker. This novel has Mark backtracking thro ...more
Blink, there the shadow is closer. Blink a hand closes over your shoulder. Blink, sharp teeth and blank eyes are inches away. Blink, you're in another time. Don't Blink.
A Dr. Who Weeping Angel novel ! Yes, a novel. I thought his was a comic/ graphic novel when I got it, but was thrilled to find a full length read at my finger tips. Happy Happy Happy me !
The Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves dealing with a grief stricken man who wants to change his past desperately. His travels send the angels
Don't BLINK! Blink and you're dead. They are fast. Faster than you can believe. Don't turn your back. Don't look away. And don't blink. Good Luck.

The Weeping Angels, a very interesting race of "monsters." For me "Blink" has been one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes (even if they took two important people away from the Doctor). So I was excited to find this book.

Out of all the Doctor Who books I have read so far this is the one I have enjoyed the most. Jonathan has written the characters of Th
This book hit the spot. It was a sit down and read in one day type of snack and it was perfect for that! Morris created an interesting time travel story with paradoxes and romance to pull you into the story, and Weeping Angels to keep it going. It was fun to see the trio on paper but continuously was brought to the realization that this would would have been a great show. Morris captures the mannerisms of the Doctor that you just want to see Matt Smith act out. The angels weren't as scary on pap ...more
This was the first Doctor Who media tie-in book I've read, despite being a fan of the show for years now. The knock against them (or at least what I've been told) is that they are written in a "younger readers" tone, and therefore only hold interest to the show's younger fans. But since I love the Weeping Angels and could tell that I could probably finish this is about a day or two, I decided to give this one a whirl. It certainly wasn't bad, and I didn't really get the "young readers" vibe from ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Yet another story of car crashes and mixed-up timelines (I have lost count of how often this has come up in New Who but it's at least twice on the main show plus Sarah Jane Smith's parents), but with the excellent addition of the Weeping Angels, who both create the possibility of temporal paradox and hope to feed off it. Morris does a beautiful job of conveying the history of the relationship between the car crash victim and her husband w ...more
So, I Read This Book Today
Wheeping Angels are SO Scary!! "Whatever you do . . . DON'T BLINK!" - Doctor Who, Blink

One of the scariest things I have ever watched on telly? Blink. In this Doctor Who tenth episode from the third season, the Doctor and Martha meet Sally Sparrow. Well, they don’t really meet Sally – you see, there are DVD Easter Eggs, on sixteen DVD’s, where a mysterious man has a conversation, apparently with someone sitting on “our” side of the screen . . . and it all goes extremely terrifying from there . .
James Barnard
This one's remarkably good.

I thought we'd seen the last of the 'deep' and emotionally-charged Doctor Who books, with strong, believeable characters, when Virgin lost its license. Yes, this is the direction the TV series has taken, but the short, snappy nature of the New Series Adventures tends to mean there isn't room for much beyond telling a good story quickly and economically. Not so here - Jonathan Morris is spot on, in his introduction, where he talks about how much of himself he put into t
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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
Bought this as popcorn to enjoy on ridiculously long public transit commute and it filled that purpose admirably. The Angels in "Blink" were my first Who monsters, so I'll probably always have a "soft spot" for them. The voices of Eleven, Amy, and Rory were captured well enough that my memories of the actors' performances were evoked and could fill in what was missing; some of the descriptions of them (e.g. when the Doctor is piloting the TARDIS) made me smirk or even laugh aloud. And the nature ...more
Jay Eckard
In the last review I wrote for a BBC Doctor Who novel, I pointed out they were written for a young audience. Which is a bit ironic, considering the content of this one.

There are Weeping Angels who throw a man back in time, to a point before his wife is killed. He and the TARDIS crew spent the bulk of the novel making sure his younger self (and history) stay on track. It's a surprisingly mature tale, and given the inevitable attempt to stave off the wife's death, a surprisingly un-maudlin one. (I
It was okay, not great. There were a couple of things that sort of bugged me. I found the continued need to name what song was on in the background a bit irritating. Just mentioning it doesn't really add anything to a written story. It happens a lot in this. At one point, the sentence 'Amy squealed in relief' shows up. Just for a moment, I'd like you to imagine squealing in relief. Done? Doesn't work, does it.

Finally, it seems pretty common in Doctor Who books that the author has to include a r
This was my first Doctor Who book, and I'm rather underwhelmed. We learn a bit about the main character, Mark Whitaker, but even he feels a bit two-dimensional. The Doctor whizzes around trying to prevent him causing a disaster, and Amy and Rory are just props with no real impact on the story. The whole thing felt shallow, with no meaningful interaction between the Doctor and his companions. The story is OK, I did want to know the end and I did finish the book, but it was somewhat blah. I'll try ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Mark is still very much in mourning after the loss of his wife Rebecca. He buries himself in work, has few friends, doesn't date and doesn't really socialize. What he doesn't know is that this is all about to change. Mark receives a letter in his own hand writing with a list of instructions about what to do when he finds himself sent 17 years into his own past. Like anyone else, Mark is tempted to go back to make changes. Who after all doesn't have some regrets? Unfortunately, time cannot be cha ...more
Andrea Guy
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 iden
This was a surprisingly quick read, but I think in this case it's a sign that this was a pretty good Doctor Who story. It has some of the same themes and concepts as the episode Father's Day - a person dealing with grief over a lost loved one uses time travel to try to same them. Here, however, it's a husband still grieving for his wife, and the time travel is courtesy of the Weeping Angels. Of course, the Angels are never benevolent, and so of course there's a catch - these Angels have mutated ...more
Timothy Pecoraro
I am a big fan of Doctor Who. The shows, the books, toys, etc… But I have to admit that there is a problem I’m noticing with the Doctor Who books that seems to be pretty consistent. No one seems to write a descent Amy Pond or Rory. Not even a very good Matt Smith if I’m being completely honest. Matt Smith, as Doctor Who, kind of plays him as a bit of a nut. A little too easily distracted etc… But usually this comes out as the Doctor has just forgotten something or perhaps is just playing for ti ...more
Following in the footsteps of the fiftieth anniversary re-release of original, printed Doctor Who adventures comes the Monsters Editions. Each of these reprinted stories features one of the Doctor's classic adversaries from the printed page.

Representing the Weeping Angels is Jonathan Morris' "Touched by an Angel."

And just like the episode "Blink" that introduced the angels to Doctor Who lore, this novel is one that I'd consider a Doctor-light story. The eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory are present
I have to be honest. While I love reading the Doctor Who books, I tend to use them as pallet cleansers. They're fun and good, but never anything that truly sticks with me. They're the cure to my book hang overs. While I started this book with this idea, it quickly turned into so much more.

In the same way where Blink isn't about the Doctor so much as it is about Sally Sparrow, this book isn't about the Doctor, Rory, or Amy. It's about Mark Whitaker and his life after being sent back in time by a
Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
"Don't blink. Don't even blink. Blink and you're dead. They are fast - faster than you can believe. Don't turn your back, don't look away and don't blink. Good luck." - The Doctor, Blink (2006)

Weeping Angels are one of the most scary (in my opinion) of the Doctor Who monster line-up. They appear as harmless angel statues but are actually ancient creatures who can only move when they are not observed. They feed by sending their victims back in time.

Mark Whitaker's wife died nine years ago and he
This was a really enjoyable fast-paced read, which captures the essence of 11, Amy and Rory pretty well. Like someone else mentioned this could easily have been a script for a TV episode.

The story was intriguing, funny and heart-breaking, and full of those time travel twists that you just can't think about too much or it will do your head in.

The weeping angels are probably my favourite Doctor Who villains, and while I thoroughly enjoyed this take on them, I feel as if they were just scarier on

First, it should be mentioned that one should only be reading this book if they are already fans of the show, which I would assume to be the case anyhow. All manner-isms of the Doctor, Amy, and Rory expect previous knowledge. Also relationships between the three aren't explained, and even the basic knowledge of Weeping Angels and who the Doctor IS are all assumed.

Along that same train of thought, much in this book isn't fully explained. I suppose that is the nature of Doctor Who. Some o
Sep 01, 2015 Jim rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I'm two in a row on good Doctor Who novels. Prior to this book I read The Silent Stars Go By, by Dan Abnett. While I enjoyed that book more, Morris' novel here is a very enjoyable one as well. The characters are written "correctly," meaning their voices ring true to what you'd expect based on their TV show personas. The story is touching and emotional, as some of the best Doctor Who stories are, and it features one of my favorite Who villains, the Weeping Angels. I'm not sure offhand when this c ...more
Michael Kelly
Jonathan Morris is a past master with time travel / time paradox plots, and this latest novel continues the theme. It makes good use of the Weeping Angels from the TV series, but is wise enough to do something new with them instead of just retreading familiar ground. A new and dangerous twist is introduced to their feeding methods and the story follows the Doctor's frantic attempts to derail and prevent the catastrophic paradox they are trying to engineer.

It's a very believable and human story,

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I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

Doctor Who is one of those franchises where I like the fanbase and everything around it better than the original (like Harry Potter). Daleks and Weeping Angels make such wonderful and memorable monsters. I have a Dalek at home, guarding my bedroom (It was especially made for me by my sister for a secret santa some years ago
When the librarian showed me this Doctor Who book series, I was really skeptical, because I thought a book series based on a TV series couldn't really develop into anything good- it would be old stuff rewritten to look new. Well, I really enjoyed this. The way it was written I could easily imagine it being morphed into a screenplay- the writing was descriptive and made me feel like I was watching a Doctor Who episode in my brain. Kind of a fun/junky book- very entertaining. Good thing to read if ...more
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Jonathan Morris is a prolific writer of Doctor Who fiction. He has contributed to many ranges, in every medium except television. His style has often been compared to that of Douglas Adams, perhaps in part because he dedicated The Tomorrow Windows to Adams. Indeed, this dedication was discussed at length in at least one prominent interview about the book, in which the interviewer's questions and M ...more
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