MORRIS, Jonathan. Touched by an Angel. 2011.
‘In 2003, Rebecca Whitaker died in a road accident. Her husband Mark is still grieving. […] As Mark is given the chance to save Rebecca, it’s up to the Doctor, Amy and Rory to save the whole world. Because this time the Weeping Angels are using history itself as a weapon.’
I was very disappointed after my first Doctor Who novel because of the context in which the story was set. Then I gave Doctor Who books another chance with selected characters for extra positive points. That was better and, although I decided to pick the same incarnation of the Doctor for my next read, in the end I tried the next one.
Touched by an Angel is a mix between Back to the Future and Blink, the episode where we met the weeping angels1. The plot revolves around Mark being sent to his own past by the angels, which makes the Doctor worry about alterations in his own timeline. Also, some scenes of the angels remind a lot of those from their first appearance.
Non-Whovians could read the book as a tragic love story if they don’t mind the irruptions of the Doctor and his companions. Lots of details on Mark and his wife’s lives are given, making the monsters an irrelevant yet necessary item.
For lovers of the reboot series with new monsters and younger Doctors, this is a great novel to enter the expanded Whoniverse.
1Notice that, unlike the BBC, I prefer using small caps for the monster species (e. g. daleks, cybermen, sontarans) as anyone would do with common species (e. g. humans, elephants, dogs).