- Title: The Ghosts of N-Space
- Series: Virgin Publishing Missing Doctor Adventures
- Author: Barry Letts
- Characters: Third Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, The Brigadier
- Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 7/03/2014
The Ghosts of N-Space is part of The Missing Adventures series of original Doctor Who stories. It is also a novelization of a radio play that aired on BBC Radio 2 in 1995, starring Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen, and Nicholas Courtney. And it was a wonderfully fun book to read.
I enjoyed this story immensely – it felt like an episode of the series, and was simply enjoyable to read.
Sarah Jane has decided to try her hand at writing a novel, but has developed a severe case of writer’s block. Her friend, Jeremy, has, meanwhile gotten tickets for a trip to Italy and suddenly has no one to take with him. He approaches Sarah, and soon the two are off.
Meanwhile, the Brigadier has discovered he’s the last surviving relative of an Italian Lord of the Manor, or in this case, castello – as well as the tiny Island it sits on.
Sarah Jane, the Brigadier, and Jeremy run into each other and begin investigating the ghosts of the Castello. The Brigadier calls in the Doctor (Jon Pertwee, the Third Doctor).
And the romp is on — a haunted castle, mobsters, long-lost relatives, alternate dimensions, fiends from hell, and the possible end of the world. It’s actually all good fun and feels very much like vintage Doctor Who. And I sped through this book.
I don’t want to spoil any more of the plot. It’s just a fun read. It’s closer in feel to the BBC Past Doctor Adventures line of original novels, than most of the Missing Adventures and I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much. Recommended, especially for fans of Classic Doctor Who.