It is action-packed and once you begin this book - it is hard to put down! 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 reading it is not totally sure of Ten's accent. But it's generally good. Jan 20, Julia rated it really liked it Shelves: science-fiction , doctor-who-torchwood , alternative-history , time-travel. 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 of man who could find danger in a boxful of kittens. Jun 30, Kat rated it it was ok. The setting- India 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 pages, it's fine.
Dec 17, Larelle 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.
Dec 29, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-of 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. Jul 31, Kati rated it it was ok Shelves: , in-english , dw-tw , audiobooks , sci-fi , straight. 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. Apr 13, Amelie rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , doctor-who.
Mark Morris is a great writer. Characters are captured perfectly and its a very fluidly written story. Nov 22, Megan rated it it was amazing Shelves: doctor-who. The original intent seems to have been to give people in Eastern India a place to move that didn't involve extensive travel. Although Britian intended for Muslims to have their own country, there was never o be any pressure to force Hindus out of Pakistan or Muslims out of India Others were excited at the idea of being in a new country that had nothing but people of their faith in it.
So there was mass migration. Millions died by some accounts, trampled by mobsurt by zealot attacks of the "other" religion. There have been odd sightings of a god of destructions. Salt-white people with hollow eyes attacking others. Refugees trying to stay safe while waiting for a loved one to recoverr. The Doctor is in, along with his friend Donna. The Doctor and Donna arrive in India in with tensions high and strange goings on that are the lives of forgotten people in an Indian village and they set out to put things right despite the indifference of soon to be departed British officials.
The setting plays well with the 10th Doctor as he is rightly angered by the suffering. The meeting with Gandhi goes well enough. However, I think most of the characters are written pretty broadly with one exception. I also felt the characterization o The Doctor and Donna arrive in India in with tensions high and strange goings on that are the lives of forgotten people in an Indian village and they set out to put things right despite the indifference of soon to be departed British officials.
I also felt the characterization of Donna was a bit off.
Throughout most of the story, it felt like her characterization was far more in line with Runaway Bride than Series 4. In addition, at the end, she compares the Doctor to Gandhi, something I can't imagine Donna actually doing. Overall, this has more good moments than bad. It's an okay, if flawed book. Jan 29, Rie 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 It felt just a little awkward when I read it.
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But to each 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. But to each and their own I guess, perhaps Doctor's personality was something like that, maybe? Just not my thing. The concept of the actual story that unfolded was okay, I enjoyed reading the fun and warm interactions between Donna and 10th as usual. Sep 03, Hasselhh rated it liked it Shelves: doctor-who , own-mp3s. 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 fact that they all sound like cartoon versions of Indians speaking English kind of put me off the whole thing. Aug 08, Sonia Spandole-Dinu rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Definitely would have made a good episode and I read it in David Tennant's, Catherine Tate's and, don't know why some-Indian-actor-who-starred-in-Heroes' voices.
The plot was very 10th Doctor and Donna styled. I enjoyed it all the way, although, for a non-Whovian the idea of a villain shaped like a plant with thousands of eyes and a high-pitched voice could seem ridiculous. Mar 24, Melenia rated it really liked it Shelves: audio-book. I enjoyed it! Aug 26, Coraline21 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. Jun 24, Cara Noyes rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , fantasy , science-fiction , historical-fiction , doctor-who. I love how Ghandi was a major character in this story!
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And Donna is so cheeky- one of my favorite companions ever. Dec 25, Lily rated it really liked it Shelves: challenge Good old-fashioned Doctor Who fun. Jul 24, Helen rated it liked it. It was okay.
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I felt that 10 and Donna were fairly well drawn and identifiable. The plot didn't really grab me all that much. Sep 09, Jenna rated it did not like it. May 26, Becky rated it really liked it Shelves: science-fiction. A good fun read with enjoyable characterisation of both the Doctor and Donna. Mar 08, kashiichan rated it really liked it Shelves: genre-science-fiction , ratingstars. 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. Aug 22, Beth rated it liked it Shelves: disappointing , doctor-who.
I love, love, love the relationship between the 10th Doctor and Donna but this book couldn't seem to execute the ease of their relationship that was so great in the TV series the DoctorDonna. There were some funny one liners but the majority of them had already been executed onscreen. Therefore, they lacked the 'punch power' that they were supposed to deliver.
This meant the humour throughout the book was quite lacking. The Doctor and Donna were separated for part of the novel and I feel like Donna was more of a stereotype of the companion rather than my favourite girl from Chiswick.
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Donna was not her own. She could have been amazing but she wasn't I was really disappointed because I've always wanted to visit India and it's such a phenomenal place filled with culture and history, which wasn't fully expressed in this book. India is supposed to be vibrant; it was set in Calcutta Mumbai and the descriptions made this place sound dull. The time it was set was during India's imminent independence and I know this was a seriously difficult time but the writing still did not portray what makes India great.
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There was so much that could have been exploited with this fabulous location but instead we are stuck with the stereotypical rich British people with some special guests from the village. It's still nothing what it could have been! There had clearly been research by the author into the impact Gandhi had on India. Gandhi's portrayal wasn't fake or unrealistic butactually seemed genuine, which I enjoyed.
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My favourite parts of the book were the interactions that occurred between Gandhi and The Doctor. The book played on this well and I really enjoyed this relationship. Overall, a very disappointing story as there was a lot of elements left unexplored. India was not celebrated like it deserved. Where was the power machine that is the DoctorDonna?
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Mark Morris became a full-time writer in 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 Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name. The Doctor attempts to convince Light to put an end to Smith's schemes but instead Light aims to put an end to Earth's evolution. Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.
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