‘Timelines: A Dozen Doctors in Verse’ reviewed

❉ Jenny Shirt reviews a poetry-fest of pure Who that’s a welcome addition to any collector’s book shelf.

Ange Chan has brought each page to life in a unique way by telling the tale of each incarnation of the Doctor and manages to bring the spirit and character of the Doctor and his companions to life…

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but Ange Chan’s book of Doctor Who-inspired poetry, Timelines: A Dozen Doctors in Verse, is quite striking to look at, with cover artwork beautifully designed by the talented Simon Brett.

The idea of creating a book of verse about each incarnation of the Doctor with an episode of the beloved Time Lord’s story is an ingenious idea. Creative and unique, Ange is an established author and poet in her own right and knows how to craft her poetry into a narrative that takes each Doctor and writes about his story as if she was telling the tale and narrating it in her own voice.

It’s done thoughtfully and carefully with much love and a sound knowledge of this beloved and well known character. Many of Ange’s poems have been featured in the long-running Doctor Who Appreciation Society’s Celestial Toyroom magazine. Discovering a writer of verse as well-established as Ange is a marvellous find for so many who happen upon her work, and now these wonderful creations feature in this great new solo book.

Ange Chan conveys her thoughts and ideas and puts them into poetry to create a poetry fest of pure Who. She does a brilliant job by doing exactly this and it’s a welcome addition to any collector’s book shelf.

Ange has brought each page to life in a unique way by telling the tale of each incarnation of the Doctor and manages to bring the spirit and character of the Doctor and his companions to life. She tells each story in verse and creates something special that the reader then wants to immerse themselves in completely, and has that wonderful ability of transferring her thoughts into beautifully flowing rich verse.

I liked her warmth which oozes out of each page, and each verse flows along nicely, by either describing an episode or just generally talking in verse about regeneration. She writes poetry by capturing the magic of Doctor Who, summarising it, and condensing it without losing any of its essence.

She has the ability to capture the exact reason why people enjoy the series, the adventure, and it also has believability. Whilst reading through each poem, you can completely identify with the spirit of Doctor Who. I feel Ange is a word magician, casting a spell over the reader and recreating the world of Doctor Who in beautifully written verse.

Timelines is a great book, which I thoroughly recommend to any watcher of this much loved television programme. Go out there and add it to your book shelf, as it’s bound to be a classic which I can see people passing on from regeneration to regeneration…


❉ ❉’Timelines: A Dozen Doctors in Verse’ by Ange Chan was was published on 16 February 2017 and is available on Amazon.

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