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.
on 4 January 2009
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.