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The Blue Angel was the twenty-seventh novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Paul Magrs and Jeremy Hoad, released 6 September 1999 and featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and introduced Compassion.

Blue Angel also featured the second appearance in the EDAs of Iris Wildthyme.

It was named after the Marlene Dietrich film of the same name, a trend which begun with Magrs' previous Doctor Who novel The Scarlet Empress.

Publisher's summary[]

This is a story about Winter...

As the Doctor becomes involved in affairs aboard the Federation Starship Nepotist, his old friend Iris Wildthyme is rescuing old ladies who are being attacked by savage owls in a shopping mall.

And, in a cat's cradle of interdimensional corridors lies the Valcean City of Glass, whose King Dedalus awaits the return of his Angel son and broods over the oncoming war...


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A number of species live in the Enclave.


  • Iris pretends her TARDIS has a "bookmark" feature to return to a certain point.


  • Each chapter title mirrors the first few words of the first sentence...giving chapter 35 the chapter title "Iris made Fitz come..."
  • This book is known for being confusing.
  • The Blue Angel's chapters contains instances of metafiction. The chapters which seem to take place within the Obverse reference fictional events as fiction and ask questions about the link between "reality" and "fiction" within its own fictional universe.
  • There are also questions (and/or jokes) about Iris Wildthyme's status as a metafictional character.
  • The Blue Angel has been adapted into a script (The Blue Angel Adapted by Piers Britton) for use in a university course.
  • The novel's sections featuring the Doctor, Fitz, and Compassion in what appears to be the Obverse have a sequel (of sorts) in Philip Purser-Hallard's Cabinet of Changes, originally published in 2001's Walking in Eternity. The story features veiled cameos and references to former companions, including Romana, Leela, and Chris Cwej.


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