lunedì 21 aprile 2014

Doctor Who - Touched by an Angel


                                        

                                                Doctor Who - Touched by an Angel
                                                                         or
                                        The Future is not written, sometimes neither the Past.  

In 2003, Rebecca Whitaker dies in a car accident. In 2011 her husband Mark is still grieving. He receives a battered envelope, posted eight years ago, containing a set of instructions with a message: "You can save her". Another thing makes the envelope weirder : it seems written by his own handwriting. From that moment Mark starts to see a statue of an angel on every screen he encounters. A man who call himself  "The Doctor" with a girl and a boy tells to him that is not a statue but a Weeping Angel and what it wants is to send him back to his own past. Mark have the chance to save Rebecca but why this is happening to him? What's the plan of the Weeping Angel? What happens if he save his wife?
Usually the books made for a franchise created for a media -cinema, comic books or, as in this case, Tv Show- are not so good: mostly they are a mere celebration of the characters born on the main franchise's product with pretty weak stories and poorly written secondary characters. Mainly this products are just for fans but Jonathan Morris with "Touched by an angel" , part of the Doctor Who's franchise, made something quite different. 
Morris understood a simple but extremely important lesson: is quite impossible for readers to identify themselves with characters like The Doctor, they need someone closer to them. The main character of this book is not the Doctor but Mark, an average guy who has the chance to save the love of his life. Readers can identify themselves with him, fear for his safety and joy with him. During all the story the Doctor is on the backgroound except in the end when he returns to save the day. Johnatan Morris use the Sci-fi to tell about human life in his developement. Touched by an Angel is an excellent example of how a writer can tell an intresting story no matter how old or complicated is the franchise.
Touched by an Angel can be liked even from those whom are not Doctor Who's fans and yet it will make the whovian happy too.