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on 21 November 2012
The Weeping Angels are the big success of 21st Century Doctor Who, since they made their debut in 2008's Blink. While old favourites like the Daleks and Cybermen have proved popular with new generations of fans, the original monsters created by the writers have just not grabbed attention in the same way, even though someone at the BBC clearly thought we ought to like the Slitheen from their countless appearances in the spin-off shows, books and merchandise.
No, it's the Angels that take the crown, the silent statues that move only when you're not looking at them, and teleport you back in time so that you age to death. Or break your neck, depending on the plot. Despite being deleted from time in 2010, they recently popped up at the end of 2012's run of episodes, to play out Amy and Rory Pond. A mysterious book written by Melody Malone was a major plot element of that adventure, and now Doctor Who novel stalwart Justin Richards has provided an ebook story of Melody's investigations in New York.
It's important to stress that this isn't a novelisation of Angels Take Manhattan. It's more of a prequel, really, and some of that episode's characters pop in and out. The Angel's Kiss is a bit of an oddity in that it's quite short, and written in fairly simple language, suggesting quite a young target audience. The odd thing is that Melody's internal monologue is constantly suggestive and full of innuendo that suggests a much older readership.
But fundamentally, The Angel's Kiss is a fun hour's read. It zips along, is frequently pretty amusing, and has a lot of fun casting "Melody" as a private eye, and inverting the gender roles accordingly. It doesn't shed any particularly important light on the events of this year's Doctor Who episode, but it's a nice little embellishment nonetheless.