Recap / Eighth Doctor Adventures The Blue Angel

This is a story about Winter.

The Blue Angel opens with a narration from a man called the Doctor, a man of tenuous sanity living in a large blue house with his two tenants, Fitz and Compassion. The man called the Doctor describes his life—how he sees a doctor for his "episodes", how he always seems to be landlord to various people who stay with him for brief or long periods, how the garden in the backyard has been damaged by sudden onslaught of winter.

Three women, Maddy, Nesta and Big Sue, as well as Maddy's son Ian, all pile into Maddy's Morris Minor and prepare for a day long shopping trip, somewhat worried about the dangers of driving in the snow. Maddy's son, who wishes to be referred to as Icarus, came to her one day, an orphan, and asked to be adopted. The other women think he's a strange and not necessarily trustworthy boy, but Maddy dotes on him.

The Doctor, Fitz and Compassion arrive on a Federation starship, the Nepotist. Compassion doesn't seem to be adjusting well to TARDIS life, and she and the Doctor are having a difficult time finding common ground in just about anything. Fitz doesn't particularly care one way or the other yet, and for the most part is simply impressed by the Nepotist's more glitzy Sci-Fi decor. He probably appreciates it being more "Spock".

Tropes present in The Blue Angel include:

  • Alternate Universe: The Obverse is implied to be one. No real explanation is given until The Ancestor Cell, but Iris tells the Doctor she comes from the Obverse, putting her status as a Time Lady in some doubt. Then again, she could just be lying through her teeth.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Obverse!Doctor.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: The book itself.
  • Bi the Way: Fitz. Not that anyone is surprised.
    He was the one who was raving mad. He was in the midst of the ridiculous danger, horse-riding down a mountainside, probably about to die, and in the final few minutes of his life, what was passing through his mind? Not the greatest, most fulfilling moments of his life—but a consideration of his chances of getting laid by Iris... and even of getting laid by the Doctor. What was it about Time Lords?
  • Bizarre Human Biology: The Obverse Doctor is actually human, though with some interesting birth defects. He was born with two hearts, and the result is that he's physically frail, causing a lot of worry for his mother. Yes, mother. She's a mermaid.
  • Bury Your Gays: Garrett, the satirical Spock knockoff, dies, and Blandish the faux-Kirk admits they'd been lovers for a long time. Blandish's storyline ends in a Bolivian Army Ending, so he's at least as likely as not to end up dead too.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: It's not clear how the Doctor, Fitz, and Compassion afford the house they live in in the Obverse. The Doctor never mentions himself or either of his tenants having jobs, and the house seems to be fairly big.
  • Gainax Ending/Trippy Finale Syndrome: The title finally makes sense at the end. No, scratch that, nothing makes sense at the end, aside from that it may just be the Obverse Doctor hallucinating.
  • It Makes Just As Much Sense In Context: Belinda morphs into a giant squid. It's never really explained why.
  • Jewish Mother: Obverse!Doctor's mother comes across this way, between the Eastern European accent and the nosiness and worrying.
  • Lady Drunk: Obverse!Doctor's mother, again.
  • Magical Realism
  • Magical Seventh Son: The Obverse Doctor, apparently.
  • The Mentally Ill: Obverse!Doctor is portrayed this way. He sees a therapist who sounds suspiciously like Jon Pertwee and readily acknowledges that he isn't always lucid. It's implied that all of the adventures the Doctor has had in the normal universe manifest as the Obverse Doctor's delusions.
  • Meta Guy: The Doctor becomes this for a whole chapter that starts off with a frustrated mental rant about being stuck in some extra-dimensional tubes, and ends up an insistence that his story isn't over, and that he should have the chance to tell it. Listen up, Michael Grade.
    • Also listen up, Lawrence Miles. The book provides a meta-textual commentary on Interference and Alien Bodies, and Miles's obsessive interest in killing the Doctor in service of his Time War...
  • Talking Animal: Canine. You could say that maybe Fitz is just hallucinating, but in that case, Fitz's hallucination of Canine talking to him would tell you that that doesn't make it any less real.
  • Parody Episode: The Nepotist and its crew are a direct and hilarious parody of Star Trek—complete with Kirk/Spock reference!
  • Postmodernism: Note, for example, Fitz's conversation with Canine, the whole Star Trek pastiche, the discussion questions at the end...