Sat, 2 February 2013
It is, or it was (sorry, people, we’re two days late) January, and that means it’s time for another Virgin Missing Adventure. This time around we discuss The Ghosts of N-Space by Barry Letts. Yes, that’s the same Barry Letts who was the television program’s show runner during much of the Pertwee era.
True to form, Letts penned this little tale featuring his favorite cast of characters: the Third Doctor, Sarah Jane, and the Brigadier. The novel is based on a radio play broadcast in 1995, a sequel to another play called The Paradise of Death. The story is nestled between the television stories “Death to the Daleks” and “The Monster of Peladon”, a time during the series when the Doctor was permitted to travel freely in his TARDIS, although he remains earthbound in The Ghosts of N-Space. From the back cover:
‘When the barrier gives way the planet will be flooded by all the evil in N-Space. And, at the moment, I have no idea how to stop it.’
Sarah Jane Smith, on holiday with her chum Jeremy and a bad case of writer’s block, is amazed to find the Brigadier in the same part of Italy. He is there to help a distant relative whose tiny island home has been threatened by American mobster Max Vilmio.
When the ghosts that haunt the island’s crumbling castle are joined by less benign spectres, the Brigadier summons the Doctor – who discovers that the whole of mankind is threatened by the plans of the ruthless Vilmio and his mysterious, hooded henchman.
This book was Letts’ first foray into writing a novel for Virgin, but it was not his last contribution to the wide range of Doctor Who original novels; in 2005 he published Island of Death, a BBC Past Doctors Adventure featuring, of course, the Third Doctor and Company.
Grab a nice Italian glass of red vino and sit back and relax as we review The Ghosts of N-Space!