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Doctor Who: Ghosts of India Hardcover – 4 Sep 2008


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1st edition (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846075599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846075599
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 2.8 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Doctor and Donna travel back in time to India, 1947 - from the bestselling series of Doctor Who sci-fi novels

About the Author

Mark Morris is the author of fourteen novels, including two previous Doctor Who books, and numerous novellas, short stories, articles and reviews, which have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines. He was born the year that Doctor Who began, but his earliest Who memory, from 1967, is of the Yeti ambling down the mountainside to attack the Det-Sen monastery in The Abominable Snowmen. His website can be found at www.markmorriswriter.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 16 Oct 2014
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I enjoyed listening to this audiobook of a Doctor and Donna story.

This is a 2-disc CD audiobook based on the BBC `Doctor Who' new series novel by writer Mark Morris. It's an abridged reading of the full-length novel which makes this a 2 by 75 minute story (2 hours and 30 minutes in total). There aren't any sound effects or music to accompany this audiobook unfortunately as it's just a reading of a 'Doctor Who' story.

The audiobook of `Ghosts of India' is read by David Troughton. I've had the pleasure of meeting David Troughton at a convention in Newcastle last year. David is the son of Second Doctor Patrick Troughton. David has appeared in `Doctor Who' before in the classic series in the stories `The Enemy of the World' and `The War Games' with his father; and `The Curse of Peladon' with Jon Pertwee. He's recently appeared in the new series with David Tennant's Doctor in the episode called 'Midnight'.

When I asked David Troughton to sign the CD cover of this audiobook for me, he said he wasn't sure whether he'd done a good job on capturing David Tennant's Doctor. But after listening to this recently, I found David makes the Tenth Doctor really sound authentic and captures David Tennant's essence when reading the character, getting the mannerisms and quirkiness absolutely right. Especially since David Troughton worked with David Tennant in the TV series, it's no surprise he's got the Tenth Doctor right.

The actual story of `Ghosts of India' is about the Doctor and Donna visiting Calcutta in 1947. They hope to get a curry there. Instead, they're caught up in a swirl of violent events with people being abducted by half-made men with faces white as salt.
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Mark Morris has delivered another cracking story for the BBC range of original Tenth Doctor novels. Along with his companion Donna Noble, the Timelord finds himself at the centre of a series of mysterious events in post-war India.

This adventure is one of the slower ones in the series; however, Morris gradually builds up a sense of foreboding and intrigue which pays dividends once the forces behind the mystery are finally revealed. Although it is not as action-packed as some of its predecessors, Ghosts of India is a thoughtful and intelligent portrayal of life in a war-torn British colony which is about to be abandoned by its masters; add a famous historical figure, sinister alien interlopers and The Doctor and Donna's feisty relationship, and you have a gripping story for all ages.

Now that The Eleventh Doctor - to be played by Matt Smith - has been unveiled, it will be fascinating to see how he is portrayed in the BBC books, and exciting that Doctor Who will most definitely return...

The audiobook, read by David Troughton (son of Second Doctor Patrick), is abridged but still cohesive; Troughton does a mean David Tennant/Tenth Doctor impression and the story flows well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fran Ohmsford on 28 Oct 2009
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I've been a massive fan of Doctor Who for almost thirty years now and have enjoyed many of the myriad of novels since the original series ended though definitely not all.
Of the novels following the new series I sincerely believe this to be the best I've come across. I cannot give it 5 stars as like all the new series novels it's a bit too simplistic but it definitely rates a high 4.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun 2011
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A Doctor Who novel. Featuring the Tenth Doctor and his companion Donna. It tells an all new story never before presented in any other medium.

It runs for two hundred and forty eight pages, and is divided into fourteen chapters plus a prologue.

It's suitable for readers of all ages.

And the two main characters are perfectly recreated on the printed page, giving you no trouble in imagining the actors who played them saying their dialogue as presented here.

The story sees the TARDIS arrive in India in 1947. With the British empire about to go home, civil unrest is tearing the place apart. Some of the remaining British shelter on their family estates. Others befriend locals. Others try to make a difference by working in medicine.

But there are also strange ghost like creatures to be seen. That roam the streets and that spirit people away.

The Doctor and Donna, plus various British and Indian people, are caught up in the middle of things. As is Gandhi himself. Can the Doctor find what's really going on here, and keep history on track?

This does have the usual aliens on earth plot style of many of this range. But even that part is quite original, and does manage to have a bit more to it than might meet the eye.

The novel does though offer a myriad of delights that make that part of it almost incidental. The setting and the history are fascinating. Gandhi is perfectly described and interacts with other characters exceptionally well. And he offers the Doctor and the reader a lot of moral food for thought.

The latter does make this a far above average entry in the range. Whilst the alien plotline isn't quite as good and just prevents this from being a five star piece of work, it's a very good book and well worth a read.
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