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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
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Hardcover, 237 pages
Published June 23rd 2011 by BBC Books
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N Great standalone ones are: "Vampire Science" (Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman), "The Bodysnatchers" (Mark Morris), "Harvest Of Time" (Alastair Reynolds),…moreGreat standalone ones are: "Vampire Science" (Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman), "The Bodysnatchers" (Mark Morris), "Harvest Of Time" (Alastair Reynolds), "The Dalek Generation" (Nicholas Briggs), "Only Human" (Gareth Roberts) and "Festival Of Death" (Jonathan Morris). Those are all completely standalone, very accessible for casual Doctor Who fans, and I can highly recommend them. I've also heard very good things about "Shada" (Gareth Roberts), "11 Doctors 11 stories" (various authors), "The Story of Martha" (various authors) and "Engines Of War" (George Mann), but I haven't read those yet, so I couldn't say how suitable they are for high school students. :)(less)

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Dan Schwent
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, 2014
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
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Sue Moro
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The Weeping Angels are one of my favorite Doctor Who villains. This story features the 11th Doctor, Amy, and Rory, as they try to help a man named Mark who has been sent back in time by the Weeping Angels. The danger in his case is that he was sent back only 17 years within his own lifetime and he could potentially cause a paradox by changing history. The book does a wonderful job of capturing the personality of the 11th incarnation of the Doctor and his two traveling companions. The story was e ...more
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"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
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Scott
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
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
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Charlene
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, doctor-who
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
Suzanne
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars - the personalities of Rory, the Doctor, and Amy Pond came through really well, and of course the angels are such a fantastic idea!
Trevor
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Yodamom
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lindsey
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Corinne
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Nicholas Whyte
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, doctor, who, audio, 1202, 11th, amy, rory, angels
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1892674.html[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
Nancy
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately this one was a bit boring, I know...boring book about the Weeping Angels? There was just something missing here for me. Maybe the wonderfully frenetic Eleventh Doctor needs to be seen to be loved. Okay story, but I skimmed the last half because I was so bored. Neither Amy nor Rory came across well in the written word either, not in this book at least.
Lori S.
3.5 stars
Ashley
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weeping Angels making us weep

Great story but had some kind of sad parts. The weeping angels show no mercy, but that's what makes them great predators, right? That's all I'll say, no spoilers.
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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
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Jay Eckard
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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So, I Read This Book Today
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 .
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ButMadNNW
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
James Barnard
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Biscuitbear
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Megan
One of my favorite Doctor Who episodes is Blink, the Weeping Angels are the show's scariest villains, so when I saw this book I was really excited to read it! The Doctor, Amy and Rory all came across as themselves and I could easily visualize each of the actors saying the things in the book. I laughed several times with the things the Doctor said and did - I could picture Matt Smith doing those things and it was HILARIOUS!!! The ending was a bit dull, but overall the story moved along at a great ...more
Oliver
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Glen
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A typically zany, action-comedy-romance and young adult Dr. Who thriller. The end was surprisingly touching, even though the quality of the rest of the story varied.

A few logical issues, like the angels covering their eyes until they were ready to attack. Can't they see each other when they are attacking?

Clare Corbett did a very good job of narrating with very distinct and believable voices for the characters.
James Parry
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Morris has a skill for making me care about characters I never thought I would. In this case being those in Touched by an Angel, a surprisingly touching and layered Doctor Who tie-in novel.
Alesia
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Timey-wimey, wibbley-wobbly. Enjoyable.
Miriam Hunker-kepschull
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The Angels are one of my favorite villain's of Doctor Who. It was nice to go back when Rory and Amy were still the companions. :)
Drew Perron
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
It's fun, with a good overall message and some funny scenes... but it also feels kind of inconsequential, and entirely predictable, especially if you've seen Blink. Still. Enjoyable.
Mike Morgan
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant.
Don Bozard
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just perfect!

The weeping angels are probably my favorite doctor who monster and I had been doing a stint where I was focusing on the eleventh doctor's stories and books, so choosing this book at the time that I did was kind of a no-brainer. I thought Jonathan Morris did a phenomenal job (as a lot of the doctor who authors do) in making me feel as if I was watching an episode of the show in my head. He nailed the personality of Eleven, Amy, and Rory. He also does a great job of creating the chara
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overthinker
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
rating: ★★
weeping angels, as always, steal the show in their terrifying, twisted ways. writing was solid and told the story in an enjoyable tongue-in-cheek narration style. the biggest problem i had with this story is that it's centered mostly around mark, an average joe with a lot of relationship drama, and most of the plot is recycled from season one's episode father's day. as intriguing as his race against the clock was, i just couldn't root for him and his wife because they had a lot of nega
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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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