Ghosts of India
by Mark Morris

Publisher: BBC
ISBN: 1 846 07559 9


    When the Doctor and Donna arrive in Calcutta 1947, they are instantly swept up in violent events. With help from India's great spiritual leader, Mohandas 'Mahatma' Gandhi, the Doctor and Donna set out to investigate the truth behind the 'half-made men'.


    Donna Noble.

    Pg 14 In an alley between two tenement blocks, Calcutta, 1947 (pg 19).

    Pg 239 In the sick bay.

    Pg 242 Outside the caves.

    Pg 243 The Campbells' house.

    Pg 244 The camp, between two medical tents.


    Pg 13 "Yeah, we're not all Martians, you know." The Runaway Bride and series four.

    Pg 42 "Tell you what, just have a magnificent life." The Runaway Bride.

    Pg 52 "He produced a satsuma and handed it to the boy." The Christmas Invasion.

    Pg 54 "The Doctor dipped into the pocket of his jacket and produced his psychic paper." The End of the World et al.

    Pg 55 "Finally he whipped out his sonic screwdriver, pointed it at the nearest patient and turned it on." Fury From the Deep et al.

    Pg 69 "For my oney you're right up there with Will Shakespeare" The Doctor met Shakespeare in The Shakespeare Code.

    Pg 73 "I used to be so forgiving, but now..." School Reunion.

    Pg 79 Reference to Donna's mother (The Runaway Bride et al).

    Pg 90 "You know what they said about Cleopatra?" The Girl in the Fireplace.

    Pg 98 "'You ought to be a teacher.' 'Been there, done that.'" School Reunion.

    Pgs 99-100"It was a massive, flame-red arachnid" Donna sees an image of the Racnoss (The Runaway Bride).

    Pg 109 "See you later, spaceman." The Runaway Bride et al.

    Pg 124 "She frowned vaguely recalling a drunken pub conversation she had once had with Amrita, a work colleague at H.C. Clements, before all the Racnoss business had kicked off." The Runaway Bride.

    Pg 132 "The Doctor emerged from his TARDIS, holding his timey-wimey detector." Blink.

    Pg 137 "He had configured the detector to home in on the residual artron energy from the Time Vortex that would be clinging to the sonic." Artron energy was first mentioned in The Deadly Assassin.

    Pg 139 "He wondered whether a Venusian lullaby might help." The Curse of Peladon et al.

    Pg 156 "They were like Daleks without the intelligence" You probably know who the Daleks are.

    Pg 158 "Oh, hang on, he's draining off the excess with a suction filter from a Draconian land cruiser." Frontier in Space.

    Pg 200 "The Daleks have never made me tea. The Cybermen have never made me tea. The Sontarans never -" The Daleks et al, The Tenth Planet et al, The Time Warrior et al.

    Pg 222 "Donna thought of the way the Ood had been treated on the Ood-Sphere." Planet of the Ood.


    Ghandi, Gopal, Ranjit, Sir Edgar, Mary, Adelaide, Ronny, Cameron, Major Daker, Private Williams, Private Samuels, Becharji, Edward Morgan.


    PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]

    Pg 156 Gelem warriors, machine creatures made of pseudo-flesh.

    Pg 159 The Jal Karath, black, sinuous and weed-liek with thin limbs attached to a central stalk and clousters of eyes.

    Pg 8 Outside Calcutta.

    Pg 19 Calcutta, 1947.

    Pg 157 Caves, somewhere near Calcutta.

    IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
    This is... okay. It's probably fair to feature Ghandi in the books, as he's an unlikely subject for the show to tackle. Which means that this rather resembles one of the annual pseudo historicals centred around a famous figure, which works pretty well as a starting point. And the contrast between the Doctor and Ghandi (who are actually nothing alike) is handled well enough. However, the threat is incredibly generic, so the book goes through the motions for vast tracts. There's a major twist... that turns out to be resolved in the most humdrum way imaginable. How much more daring and exciting would it have been if it had been Ghandi himself who was the benign alien in disguise? That would have added actual drama to the novel, which is something it's sorely lacking.