February 2012 sees the long-awaited return of the Doctor to the Quick Reads range. Magic of the Angels is the first time the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory have graced the range; no prizes for guessing who the returning monster is:
“‘No one from this time will ever see that girl again…’
The Doctor, Amy and Rory round off a sight-seeing tour round London with a trip to the theatre. That’s when things start to go wrong.
The Doctor wonders why so many young girls are going missing from the area. When he sees Sammy Star’s amazing magic act, he thinks he knows the answer. Sammy’s glamorous assistant disappears at the climax of the act – but this is no stage trick.
The Doctor and his friends team up with residents of an old people’s home to discover the truth. And together they find themselves face to face with a deadly Weeping Angel.
Whatever you do – don’t blink!”
That’s right: the Weeping Angels – perhaps now as popular as the Daleks, Cybermen and Chumblies (ahem) – are back. While some presume that their blink-and-you’ll-miss-‘em approach doesn’t naturally lend itself to books, they’ve recently appeared in Jonathan Morris’ excellent Touched by an Angel.
Magic of the Angels also sees the return of Jacqueline Rayner, who last wrote for the normal ‘NSA’ range in 2007 (The Last Dodo), but has since written The Darksmith Legacy’s The Pictures of Emptiness. DWM readers will also recognise her as part of the last Time Team, alongside former-DWM editor, Clayton Hickman.
Doctor Who’s link with the Quick Reads range – which aims to encourage non-bookworms to discover the magic (sorry) of books – began with 2006’s I am a Dalek by Gareth Roberts (The Shakespeare Code; The Lodger – and then some!), and has since included adventures with the Judoon, Sontarans and Krillitane. Even the legend that is Terrance Dicks was drawn back to Who novel-writing, with Made of Steel and Revenge of the Judoon!
At just £1.99, Magic of the Angels will be one to pick up… even though the title’s a bit naff.