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- File Size: 9627 KB
- Print Length: 128 pages
- Publisher: BBC Digital; Quick Reads edition edition (2 Feb. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849902860
- ISBN-13: 978-1849902861
- ASIN: B006K21HAY
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
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The trouble with many Doctor Who stories is the re-use of existing adversaries. The Weeping Angels in their first outing were innovative and genuinely chilling. By their second story they were on the road to becoming generic monsters, good for a scare and with enough hints of threat and tidbits of previously unmentioned menace to make the revisit worthwhile. In this book the Angels are bound to their existing television continuity but nothing new can be said about them, probably because innovation is limited - by necessity and the needs of the production office - to the television show and not a tie-in book. Consequently, the story feels stilted: it needs a little extra but none can be had and so it feels like a rehash of what's gone before - which is pretty much what it is.
Certainly, the TV regulars are characterised well and their dialogue shines (full marks there) - however, there is a plot-hole through which a whole army of Angels could be marched and that's how on Earth the Angel in this story was controlled in the first place. There is a suggestion as to how it was achieved but it didn't particularly feel convincing.
Generally, children will probably find this story thoroughly satisfying as it does deliver on pace, thrills and spills (provided you don't look beyond the fact it's a retread on previous stories). However, surely something a little less flimsy and more substantial could have been possible?
This runs for one hundred and ten pages. It has eleven chapters and an epilogue. And large and easy to read print.
At the same time though these are good for those who do read regularly and are also looking for something short and sweet because it makes for a nice quick read.
The story features the Eleventh Doctor plus his companions Amy and Rory, and is a completely original piece of work that tells a tale which hasn't appeared in any other form before.
It sees the Doctor and friends trying to have a relaxing holiday in present day London. And getting chucked out of most places they visit as a result. When they go to a magic show at a theatre involving a magician called Sammy Star - whose career was previously going nowhere but has now suddenly seem him become a sensation, thanks to the closing part of his act - they find there's more to it than meets the eye.
Becuase there are lots of posters of missing girls all over the city.
Two residents of an old age people's home have had their memories jogged.
And there's a Weeping Angel in the city.
Can the Doctor save the day? And make sure nobody else vanishes?
As ever with these books it does have the characterisation of the three main characters down perfectly, and you can easily imagine the actors saying the dialogue. But there's a lot more to delight on the way. The Doctor has some great moments, including some genuinely funny dialogue that should make you laugh out loud. The plot is well worked out, managing to keep surprises and developments coming at just the right pace. It has a go at reality tv shows and a few other things from present day life in a manner that makes the reader think about them.
Plus the characterisation of the old ladies allows for some powerfully poignant moments.
There is some playing around with the notion of time travel here, the ubiquitious phrase 'timey wimey' springing to mind, but in addition to being pretty clever it's also not too complicated, so the plotting shouldn't leave anyone in the aforementioned former category of reader out of their depth.
Whether you never read these, or whether you do, it's a fun read for anyone in either category.
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fun to read
if you are a true doctor who fan it's great to see it in a nook