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Doctor Who: Quantum Archangel [Paperback]

Craig Hinton
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8 Jan 2001 Doctor Who
A sixth Doctor and Mel novel. In a university on planet Earth, Paul Sweeney and Arlene Cole have designed TITAN - designed to penetrate the Vortex and access the very foundations of reality. The Master, pursued by the Chronivores, thinks that TITAN could be the perfect means of revenge.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; paperback / softback edition (8 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563538244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563538240
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 608,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chronovores, the Master & the TITAN Array. 30 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is the first Doctor Who one that Craig Hinton has written in a considerable time. It's very good, but that's what you'd expect from the man who wrote the best Virgin Missing Adventure 'Millennial Rites'
The Quantum Archangel is a sequel to the television story The Time Monster and sees the return of several of the characters from that story. The Master is dying, with the Traken source nearly exhausted, he is searching for a way to extend his lifeforce and that is where the experiments of Professor Kairos come in, for he has adapted the TOMTIT technology of the Time Monster into the more powerful TITAN array which has the power to penetrate Calabi-Yau Space - the domain where the Chronovores subsist.
The Quantum Archangel is an excellent entry into the Past Doctors series. It starts off wonderfully reminisent of Millennial Rites with some of the locations being simillar and being only a few years after the events of that novel. The Master finally gets to be really nasty to the 6th Doctor on his own right without the Rani or the Valeyard around to spoil it for him. Like Millennial Rites, the book is split into two sections, although the split is not as drastic as it was that one.
The Quantum Archangel is well written, with an ingenious reworking and expansion of the Time Monster's plot. The book becomes a little confused at one point towards the end when the Chronovores strike, but aside from that it's a really good book.
Shame about the awful cover though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The sequel to 'The Time Monster' isn't a dud! 3 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Craig Hinton attempts to achieve the impossible by writing a decent sequel to one of the most unloved 'Doctor Who' TV stories of all time ('The Time Monster') and, for the most part, he succeeds.
The book has come in for criticism on newsgroup rec.arts.drwho for having an overabundance of continuity references to past stories, including ones from TV and other novels, but I think this is a bit unfair. 'The Quantum Archangel' is a sequel to a TV story, with two recurring villains and featuring the destruction of Atlantis (which has three possible explanations on TV alone) as part of its back-story. Of *course* it's going to have a lot of continuity references in it. I think Craig Hinton pulls the 'let's play with continuity' card far more convincingly than, say, fellow 'Who' author Gary Russell ever could.
Anyway, onto the story. The Sixth Doctor follows a mysterious temporal trace to Earth in the year 2003 and finds that the protege of old acquaintance Professor Stuart Hyde has created the TITAN Array, a machine capable of breaching the barrier that leads to the Lux Aeterna, the feeding grounds of the Chronovores - creatures that survive by eating time itself. The Doctor realises that this is a Bad Thing, because the scientist is, in effect, knocking on the Chronovores' front door and asking them to pay Earth a visit.
As if this isn't bad enough, the Doctor's old enemy the Master, finally tracked down by the Chronovores for enslaving Kronos, one of their fellows, turns up on Earth, hoping to find a way of ridding himself of the Chronovores once and for all. And the TITAN Array might just be the key to his future survival...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT READ 20 Feb 2001
Format:Paperback
This story is BRILLIANT. I have been a fan of Doctor Who since I was 4 years old and I was brought up with the companion Melanie. I felt the character was very under used in the series and this gave the chance for some very good story lines. The story starts when the Doctor and Melanie part company after the Doctor destroys the planet Maradinas. This gave the book a sense of "REALITY". The Doctor's companion was not going to let the fact that innocent people's lives were lost, I feel this should have been examined more in the actual series. This story is a sequel to "The Time Monster" the third Doctor story, and was an excellent one at that. The Doctor meets up with Professor Hyde again and it states that the Professor's life hasn't been the same since their last encounter. Another part which I found enjoyable was that Professor Hyde taught Melanie at university which I thought was a good step toward synchronisity. The Master is back to obtain the TITAN array (the brother of TOMTIT) to destroy the Chronovores. However the book did lose itself toward the end but still a fabulous piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 31 Dec 2000
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A beautifully, skilfully crafted, thoroughly gripping, totally amazing read. Well done
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By Alaran
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Like a fair few novels that take the ideas of the multiverse as its subject, this soon slides into a convoluted mess of quantum physic theories and extreme science fantasy at the expense of character development or storytelling. There is such a multitude of ideas at work here that the plot soon becomes nonsensical and pointless and any attempt at creating a sense of threat or dramatic tension is lost. By the end of the book it is hard to really care. It is a shame the plot is so dull as the actual prose is very well composed.

This book is a sequel to the televised Third Doctor story `The Time Monster'. It does the usual sequel trick of ramping up the threat; ie more Chronovores, imminent destruction of the multiverse, an advanced version of TOMTIT. Where it fails as a sequel, however, is in not being fun as the original was intended. Naming the machine TOMTIT is quite clearly meant to be humorous. `The Quantum Archangel' takes itself far too seriously. A touch of humour at its own expense would have stopped it becoming so bogged down in quasi-science.

Being a sequel this novel is quite prone to continuity obsession and fan indulgence. There is literally a vast multitude of references to other stories (televised and novelised), countless mentions of various alien races that have previously appeared and just about every omnipotent or semi-omnipotent species/creature that have been in the program are forced to fit into some type of organised system by the author. Most of the time, this isn't too disruptive to the actual story, although it can get a bit much after a while; especially the constant wining about Moradnias.

There is a lot of repetition from `The Time Monster' with a lot of similar events and settings.
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