‘The Lost Angel’ is a new audiobook featuring Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor. The Doctor is hanging around the small town of Rickman, in upstate New York. Perhaps just after the events of ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’ but this time without Nardole!
It seems there is a weird energy reading that just shouldn’t be there and of course, it has peaked the Doctor’s interest. But the unusual energies are not all that awry in Rickman. When the lights go out, a familiar lone assassin strikes.
Just the start
“The Lost Angel” is the first of a four-part series of audio books written by George Mann and Cavan Scott, two of Doctor Who most prolific and popular writers of novels, comics and audio dramas. The collection features the twelfth Doctor and introducing new American companions Alex Yow, a budding photojournalist, and her visiting brother Brandon. The other two stories in the collection, The Lost Flame, The Lost Planet and The Lost Magic will be out later this year.
Voices from Kerry Shale
On reading duties is Kerry Shale, a talented voiceover artist with a flair for accents who had appeared in ‘Day of the Moon’ as Dr Renfrew (fun fact fans). Whilst we would have loved to have the Doctor himself tell this tale, it wasn’t possible since Peter Capaldi is currently preoccupied with filming series 10. Regardless, Shale holds his own, even if he doesn’t quite capture the Twelfth Doctor’s Scottish tones, he does manage to provide variations in accents which successfully immerse the listener into the story.
Alex Yow’s character has definite tones of Sarah Jane Smith and most recently Lucy Fletcher as she pairs up with the Doctor and drags her brother into this adventure with her innate desire for the big story. Perhaps that ‘big break’ will come in the next story as Alex and her brother Brandon step aboard the TARDIS for “one trip”…
The enemy, of course, is the Weeping Angels, which was an interesting surprise since this character is a silent and video monster but the authors do well to create the drama and terror which these silent assassins deliver. There is a particularly important sequence where the concept of an image of a Weeping Angel having the potential to become a Weeping Angel is explained better in the audio drama than it has been achieved on television series. Building on the powers and abilities of the creatures the writers also add to their mythos, particularly by introducing the terrifying prospect of a Weeping Angel being used as a weapon. A hitman.
In addition to the established danger of the Weeping Angels, other interesting themes are explored including the negatives but also the potential positives of being sent back in time. Appropriately there is a clever and suitably brain-fatiguing timey-wimey conclusion with a solution to defeating the Weeping Angels that is masterful in its simplicity.
Blogtor Rating – 8/10
Alex Yow wants is to become a photo-journalist and break her first story. All Brandon Yow wants is for his sister to keep out of trouble and come home. But that’s not going to happen, because Alex has taken a picture of a statue. A statue that can move.
A statue that makes people disappear. A statue that is hunting them down.
In upstate New York, the Doctor is chasing weird energies that should not exist. Teaming up with Alex and Brandon, he discovers a powerful force enslaved to another’s will. Who controls the lonely assassin that prowls the streets? What secrets are the residence of Rickman hiding? And will Alex and Brandon survive the night of the Weeping Angels?