Book Review: Celebrations And Monsters


Twelve Angels Weeping is an anthology of Doctor Who tales written by Dave Rudden. It’s basically another collection showcasing some of the Doctor’s best-known adversaries and it’s supposed to bring the twelve days of Christmas to mind. Christmas really isn’t mentioned all that much, but that’s fine. I enjoy Christmas just fine, and I love Doctor Who at least its early days, but tying the two of them together is a rather dubious prospect.

The Doctor does not show up all that much, which is a bit of a disappointment. Rudden is fine as a writer but nothing spectacular. He is writing Doctor Who, so one can’t expect a literary masterpiece.

Some of the stories were rather imaginative. Grey Matter starts off with the Twelfth Doctor facing off against the Weeping Angels, the cosmic assassins who are frozen by a stare but attack in just a blink of an eye.

There is a story about a Celestial Intervention Agent on Gallifrey trying to stop a TARDIS from being stolen. I thought it was kind of fun to revisit the Doctor’s first departure from his home planet. Another story is basically told from the prospective of a recently converted Cyberman.

The Daleks, the Ood, and the Silurians also show up with the Master finishing off this collection.

Anyway, there is not much to say other than this is another adequate diversion for Doctor Who readers but nothing all that memorable.

Next up, Sherlock Holmes takes on a case where he will have to outwit some Masters of Lies by Philip Purser-Hallard.

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