‘Ghosts of India’ (Book/Audio)


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Gandhi in India with the Doctor and Donna

I enjoyed listening to this ‘Doctor Who’ audiobook of a Tenth Doctor and Donna story!

The ‘Ghosts of India’ audiobook is a 2-disc CD set based on the ‘New Series Adventures’ novel by writer Mark Morris for ‘Doctor Who’. The audiobook is an abridged reading of the full-length novel. This makes the audiobook a 2 by 75 minute episode story. The total length of the audiobook is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any sound effects or music to accompany the ‘Ghosts of India’ audiobook as it’s just a reading of a ‘Doctor Who’ story. The audiobook is read by David Troughton. I’ve had the delightful pleasure of meeting David at the ‘Dimensions 2013’ convention in Newcastle, October 2013.

David Troughton is the son of Patrick Troughton who played the Second Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’. David has appeared in the ‘Doctor Who’ TV series in stories like ‘The Enemy of the World’ and ‘The War Games’ starring his father; ‘The Curse of Peladon’ starring Jon Pertwee and ‘Midnight’ starring David Tennant.

I’ve have the CD cover of ‘Ghosts of India’ signed by David Troughton at the ‘Dimensions 2013’ convention. David said he wasn’t sure whether he’d done a good job capturing David Tennant’s Doctor. But after listening to the tale, I have found that David’s voice for the Tenth Doctor is authentic.

David manages to capture David Tennant’s essence when he performs the Tenth Doctor’s character in the audiobook. He gets the mannerisms and quirkiness of David Tennant’s Doctor so right. This is no surprise especially since David Troughton worked with David Tennant in the ‘Doctor Who’ TV series.

‘Ghosts of India’ is about the Doctor and Donna visiting Calcutta in 1947. They hope to get a curry there. Instead, they get caught up in a swirl of violent events with people being abducted by half-made men with faces white as salt. The Doctor knows something’s amiss and is so keen to solve the mystery.

But are aliens involved in this crisis? During the story, the Doctor and Donna also get to meet Mohandas Gandhi, an influential political and spiritual leader of India. Soon Gandhi’s role in history is threatened and the Doctor has to see Gandhi lives to fulfil his role and to avoid damaging the timelines.

Mark Morris has written a number of ‘Doctor Who’ novels as well as a ‘Torchwood’ novel called ‘Bay of the Dead’. He’s also written some Big Finish audios including two Fifth Doctor and Nyssa adventures called ‘Plague of the Daleks’ and ‘Moonflesh’ as well as the Seventh Doctor audio, ‘House of Blue Fire’.

Here Mark Morris writes a splendid adventure with the Tenth Doctor and Donna during Series 4 of the David Tennant era. Not only that, but he writes an atmospheric tale set in India with mysterious proportions involving ghost-like creatures. I like how Mark creates the India setting of 1947 in his story.

He makes it all sound familiar and down-to-Earth and provides the feeling of exoticness about it. This isn’t the first time the Doctor’s been to India though. Oh no! In the Big Finish audios, the Fifth Doctor visited Calcutta in 1926 with his companions Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough in the story, ‘The Emerald Tiger’.

Listening to this audiobook has brought home a sense of nostalgia for me as I remember watching Series 4 of ‘Doctor Who’ in 2008 with David Tennant and Catherine Tate as the Tenth Doctor and Donna. I love that season, especially as I consider it one of the highlights for me as a ‘Doctor Who’ fan.

I purchased the ‘Ghosts of India’ audiobook on CD with some other Tenth Doctor and Donna CD audiobooks from the BBC to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’ back in October 2013. Listening to the ‘Ghosts of India’ audiobook adds more to the enjoyment I felt from watching Series 4.

As I mentioned, David Troughton does a really good (or ‘mean’ according to an Amazon review I read years ago) Tenth Doctor. But David also does a really good job capturing Donna Noble’s voice as well. David captures the essence of Donna that is taken from the writing and Catherine Tate’s performance.

Listening to Donna almost feels like Catherine Tate is in the story along with David Tennant. David Troughton captures Donna’s rough manner that is balanced with a caring compassionate side that I like. There’s more of Donna’s relationship with the Doctor explored since she cares greatly about him.

I also like how David Troughton managed to capture the voices for some of the Indian characters in the story, including Gandhi. I knew who Gandhi was before I listened to this ‘Doctor Who’ audiobook, but I had never come across a depiction of him as a person within a historical drama or a documentary.

It was nice to learn more about Gandhi as a person in a ‘Doctor Who’ story and how he interacts with the Doctor and Donna. I like how the Doctor and Donna are delighted to meet him and how he makes them feel good about themselves. They get surprised and astonished by his wisdom in this adventure.

They’re also impressed with how he employs peaceful methods to political situations and is not violent. His belief in God is strong throughout during this story which I found very pleasing. I really like how Donna compares the Doctor to Gandhi at the end and his reply is, “He’s more forgiving than me!”

‘Ghosts of India’ as an audiobook is really good. I enjoyed listening to David Troughton’s reading of the story and I’m glad to have met him and have the CD cover signed by him. It’s a lovely listen with the Tenth Doctor and Donna and it definitely brought back that nostalgia I have missed from Series 4.

‘Ghosts of India’ (Audio) rating – 8/10

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2 thoughts on “‘Ghosts of India’ (Book/Audio)

  1. Timelord 007

    Excellent detailed review, i was a tad disappointed at these audio releases having no music or sound effects which i find helps build & create atmosphere, however David Troughton is always a excellent narrator & gives a good reading of a enjoyable adventure which capture the authenticity of the Tenth Doctor & Donna extremely well.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      Glad you enjoyed my review on the ‘Ghosts of India’ audiobook.

      Yeah it’s disappointing the early BBC audiobooks based on novels didn’t have music or sound effects added to them. I don’t know if it’s still like that nowadays. But I enjoyed David Troughton’s narration and performance as the Tenth Doctor and Donna throughout this audiobook.

      I hope I’ll get onto reading the complete book of ‘Ghosts of India’ by Mark Morris soon and see how it differs from the audiobook.

      Thanks for your comments.

      Tim. 🙂



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