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Doctor Who: The Blue Angel [Mass Market Paperback]

Paul Magrs
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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6 Sep 1999 Doctor Who
Can the Doctor avert certain disaster as various evil forces arise to exploit the chaos of war with the King of Ghillighast, the Guardian of Darkness?

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (6 Sep 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563555815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563555810
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 9.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 710,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A somewhat uneven surreal epic 19 April 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lots of unashamedly surreal elements blend into a generally good story, let down by a weak Trek pastiche which is central to the plot. A series of interesting dream-sequence interludes build a nicely ethereal atmosphere, which is again spoiled by an experimental "make-up-your-own-ending" conclusion. Clever it may be, but the lack of a proper ending renders the whole story rather irrelevant. Interesting, but not a must-buy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Complete fantasy 29 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Interesting experiment in writing a modern fairy tale. It's intricate and very clever, even though the authors use some devices that are never resolved, or, if they are, went way over my head! It veers between Star Trek satire and Babar the Elephant, with a pause to do Sapphire & Steel in Milton Keynes, this is one of those books that entertains and challenges through sheer force of personality. And then it ends, very suddenly, using a neat, original dramatic device. You'll be as charmed as you are cross, believe me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Angel 4 Mar 2014
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The Blue Angel by Paul Magrs and Jeremy Hoad is the first Eighth Doctor Adventure after Interference and the first story with Compassion as a bona-fide companion.

The first thing that struck me about The Blue Angel is that the first chapter makes no sense. This is probably Paul Magrs trying to be clever, but in all honesty it doesn’t work and just makes reading it a chore. Compassion and Fitz are lodging with someone, The Doctor is supposedly taking pills for hallucinations and another Doctor is giving him them. Quite how they got from Interference to here isn’t mentioned. We are then introduced to Maddy, who has lost a son but found another one, naked on a beach and didn’t think it odd at all so decided to adopt him, and to a starship captain in an obvious Star Trek parody, whose ship is trapped on the Land of Glass. All in all there is too much story hopping and too much of the authors trying to be clever. Not enjoyable at all.

There are glimmers of hope throughout the novel though, as when you suss out what the hell is going on the bits of story are interesting. As soon as you start to get into it however the scene flips to something totally random instead. As for the ending, well it isn’t an ending, which isn’t fun to read. I felt like I needed a payoff, but it never came.

The Doctor is blandness personified. There seems to be two versions of him throughout the novel, the one who is leading a normal life and the one off having adventures. The one off having adventures come across as the 4th, but with all the fun sapped out. The companions do even worse. Fitz isn’t on form at all, with only a slight bit of banter with Iris worth talking about whereas Compassion isn’t given anything to work with at all.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
As the series of novels featuring the Eighth Doctor continues, his personal history (thanks to the continuing story arcs which encompass all of these novels) gets more and more murky. This is the most vulnerable and tortured Doctor since the fifth incarnation. This book features the introduction of the "obverse": a concept which I hope they'll clarify in further editions. It also hints at major surprises connected with some of the incidental characters appearing from time to time (such as Iris Wildthyme). I am a fan of continuing character development, although it also makes me feel somewhat sorry for the Doctor's much-abused companions, but this book, even more so than some of the previous ones, ends unsatisfyingly, and raises more questions than it answers. This isn't a book to read unless you have followed the Eighth Doctor's adventures in detail, and even if you have, you will find yourself hoping that the loose ends are tied up in the next novel. But, if you're a Who fan, it's another must-read. His adventures really have become a modern epic.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars quite entertaining 16 Jan 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of many books, which I can't help feeling, should feature the Doctor that we know and love, more. Vast chunks of the book concern the thoughts of a very 'messed-up' Doctor, and whilst I feel that this could be a very interesting topic to explore, I don't think the authors seem to do it justice; it just doesn't seem to be resolved or explained. In a similar way, I wasn't convinced with the ending, without spoiling it for anyone, it just didn't seem to work for me. Overall I enjoyed the book as a novel, not quite so much as a doctor who story
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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It tries to be a mixture of fantasy and sci-fi and fails dismally. First because the book consists of two completely different and unconnected stories(one of fantasy another of sci-fi) and secondly because neither of the stories has a proper conclusion. Even if you are a doctor who fan this is one to avoid.
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