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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; 1st edition (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846075599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846075599
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 2.8 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a well written, very atmospheric story... David Troughton's nicely-judged performances really bring the script to life." (www.denofgeek.com) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD
Doctor Who: Ghosts Of India: (Abridged Audio Book).

Product Info.
2xCD's
Running Time 150 Minutes
Author: Mark Morris
Read By: David Troughton

What's Up Doc?
India in 1947 is a country in the grip of chaos, a country torn apart by internal strife, When the Doctor & Donna arrive in Calcutta, they are instantly swept up in violent events & barely escaping with their lives, they discover that the city is rife with tales of 'half-made men', who roam the streets at night & steal people away.

These creatures, it is said, are as white as salt and have only shadows where their eyes should be, with help from India's great spiritual leader, Mohandas 'Mahatma' Gandhi, the Doctor & Donna set out to investigate these rumours.

What is the real truth behind the 'half-made men'? Why is Gandhi's role in history under threat? & has an ancient, all-powerful god of destruction really come back to wreak his vengeance upon the Earth?

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Mark Morris has written a wonderful creepy action packed Tenth Doctor adventure here which has now been adapted into this excellent abridged audiobook read by David Troughton.

This adventure features some amazing creepy creatures & is cleverly thought-out story by Morris that never loses it's focus of the main story & the small set of characters are all brilliantly written especially the historical icon - Mahatma Gandhi who surprises even the Doctor with his great words of wisdom as the Doctor admires Gandhi's peaceful methods to the many political situations that he's faced with in his country.
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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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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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