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Doctor Who: Ghosts of India

(Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #25)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,188 ratings  ·  102 reviews
India in 1947 is a country in the grip of chaos - a country torn apart by internal strife. When the Doctor and 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 and steal people away. These creatures, it is said, are as wh
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by BBC Books
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Ken
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Arriving in Calcutta in 1947 during the last few days of British India, The Doctor and Donna are soon thrust into a chaotic situation as country is currently being torn apart by internal strife.

Giving a snapshot of an important part of India’s history, this adventure really brings the time period to life. The descriptions are so vivid.
I really liked the young character Adelaide who asks The Doctor questions, it’s a great way to teach younger readers about the era and Gandhi significance to histo
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Ruth
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since I’ve read any Doctor Who novels, but with the arrival of Series 5 and a new Doctor later this week on BBC America, I thought the time was right to delve into some Who-related fiction. Ghosts of India is the first novel I’ve read featuring the Doctor (as portrayed by the inimitable David Tennant) and the irrepressible, no-nonsense Donna (Catherine Tate). The Doctor inadvertently brings Donna to India in 1947, a dangerous time for sight-seeing. With Britain about to withdra ...more
Wendy
Dec 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctorwho, sf-fantasy
Well, let's start with the good stuff: This book is a definite page turner. Author Mark Morris writes a good, energetic portrayal of the Tenth Doctor, and keeps the plot moving along at a good clip. The monsters are creepy, and the plot isn't quite as simple as it first seems, leading to some nice twists.

Still, I found this book ultimately disappointing. I was tempted to rate it a bit lower than I did, but to be fair, it's not any worse than most of the other BBC 10th Doctor novels, most of whi
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Kimberley doruyter
Oct 11, 2013 rated it liked it
spacealien human trafficing.
weird
Fern Adams
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of the better Doctor Who audiobooks I’ve listened to recently. I ended up listening to it straight through. The writer captured the Doctor and Donna well and made it interesting, exciting and humorous in places too.
Steve Griffin
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. India just after the second world war is masterfully depicted, with the hope, mystery and exuberance nicely balanced against the ominous clouds of coming strife with partition. The adventure has a good blend of villains, from the ghastly white 'half-dead men' to crazed Army Majors, crocodiles and cobras. The meeting of Gandhi with the Doctor is wonderful, and it's left to Donna to draw parallels - and the Doctor to highlight the one key difference between them. A fun ...more
F.R.
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
It’s The Tenth Doctor at his most enthusiastic and energetic. It’s Donna Noble at her most cheerfully shouty. It’s a story of the last days of Colonial India, but one with added aliens, zombies and mutated scorpions. And – as the most insane, over the top detail of it all – a book where The Doctor’s companion for a large part of its length is the actual Mahatma Gandhi.

Most of the time, because after all it is a product of Western culture, ‘Doctor Who’ engages with other parts of Western culture.
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Hannah
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved the setting here, and Morris really captured the characters of Donna and the Doctor - as well as making me care about all of his original characters, which is rare and difficult to do. This could easily have been an episode of the show.

Unfortunately, reading this did sadden me a little, as it reminded me of a time when Doctor Who was just so much better than it is now. In Ten's era the writers weren't afraid to explore more complex themes, and to illustrate the nasty side of human nature.
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Cherie
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As a huge Dr. Who fan, I initially thought that this book would be a bit too simple for my tastes. I was wrong!!! This was just as exciting as watching an episode of the new series of "Dr. Who" on t.v.! Morris really captured the personality of the 10th Doctor in this book.

The Doctor and his companion, Donna, are hungry for curry. When they land the Tardis they find themselves in Calcutta - but in 1947. They hear stories about creatures that are half-human that steal people at night. Some of th
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Nicholas Whyte
"http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1291348.html#cutid3[return][return]Another pretty decent story featuring Ten and Donna, this time in India on the eve of independence, encountering Gandhi and competing aliens trying to take over and use the locals for their own purposes. I'm not totally familiar with Indian history of the period but this didn't seem to me to have any obvious howlers. Two minor irritations: Morris continually refers to the sonic screwdriver as the 'sonic', and David Troughton readi ...more
Julia
The Doctor asks Donna where she’d like to go next and she says she “could murder a curry. I’m starving.” (14) And The Doctor (Tenth, of course, David Tennant’s Doctor) takes her to Calcutta in 1947, when not only are Indians trying to get rid of the British, but there are aliens, who sound a lot like the Borg. “It was her own fault really, Donna thought. She supposed she should have known better. Wherever she went with the Doctor she usually ended up running away from something. He was the sort ...more
Larelle
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was written a bit teenie, but was very enjoyable none the less. India, a great setting and the appearance of Mohandas Gandhi as a character in the book was a bonus. Lots of funny little lines for the Doctor and Donna.

Much to David Tennant's acting credit that the Doctor comes alive on the pages of the book, with me being able to hear his voice delivering lines, visualising his mannerisms and facial expressions.
Kati
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
I loved Donna here, her voice was perfect. But the Doctor's holier than thou attitude irked me like whoa. And the fact that the author presented Gandhi as a perfect specimen without any flaws, a creature of pure goodness, considering what's known of, for example, how he treated his wife, made me downright angry.
Jeremy
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-of-2008
Well done, and Donna was written perfectly - strong-willed but still learning. The treatment of Gandhi and her appreciation of him, and his fascination with the Doctor and things alien were great fun as well. And of course he figures into the solution. The novels are nice because they can go places unrestricted by a television show budget.
Donna
May 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Fun light reading.
Otherwyrld
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Alesia
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Space aliens & Mahatma Ghandi! 'Nuff said.
Megan
Nov 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
loved it, gandi was in it and was quite funny.
Amelie
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who, favorites
Mark Morris is a great writer. Characters are captured perfectly and its a very fluidly written story.
Rie
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
It's interesting to read how Doctor and Donna meet and see Gandhi as a person, and how alien event happened involved with him all at the same time. I do understand that of course the author would try and want to make Doctor and Gandhi appreciate each other because Gandhi morally is a nice person and all, but the way umm.... Doctor "sold" himself and his views in front of Gandhi was a little... let's say a bit too obvious, self-pity like. It felt just a little awkward when I read it. But to each ...more
Hasselhh
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, own-mp3s
I'm not proclaiming myself any kind of Gandhi or meditation expert, but isn’t curiosity in a sense self-indulgence, and by the version of Gandhi in this book he does not allow himself any self-indulgence, and as such he shouldn’t be “too good”? That kind of confuses me, also because it seems like an almost Gandhi-religious text at some level.

Furthermore, I listened to the audiobook, and all respect to King Peladon – is his version of the Indian characters not a tat on the racist side? Just the
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Kat
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
The setting- India 1947 was interesting and well-developed for a Who novel. However, I was irked at the author's portrayal of Gandhi, while he did a lot of good for India, he was also a racist. One of the plot points in this novel was that Gandhi's soul was pure and had no hatred in it- when it clearly did, no one is perfect.
Apart from that, a good portrayal of Donna and The Doctor and at only around 200 pages, it's fine.
Sonia Spandole-Dinu
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Cara Noyes
I love how Ghandi was a major character in this story! And Donna is so cheeky- one of my favorite companions ever. Oy!
kashiichan
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mark Morris' version of Donna has just the right level of snark and concern, playing off the Doctor and delivering snappy one-liners. It's so good to see her again.
Melenia
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
I enjoyed it!
Becky
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A good fun read with enjoyable characterisation of both the Doctor and Donna
Jenna
Sep 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Well, I’m glad that’s over.
Lily
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good old-fashioned Doctor Who fun.
Coraline21
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved it. It was a nice doctor who story. The characters were very compelling and very accurate to the show. I loved Gandhi. It was a really fun read.
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Mark Morris became a full-time writer in 1988 on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme, and a year later saw the release of his first novel, Toady. He has since published a further sixteen novels, among which are Stitch, The Immaculate, The Secret of Anatomy, Fiddleback, The Deluge and four books in the popular Doctor
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