(ISBN 1-563-47701-6)




 The Brigadier’s

 ancient great-uncle

 Mario seems

 unsurprised by the

 spectres which haunt

 his even more ancient

 Sicilian castle. But

 when the Doctor

 comes to investigate

 he finds himself faced

 with a danger as

 great as any he has

 yet encountered.


 Is the answer to be

 found in the past, in

 the corrupt alchemy

 of the black-hearted

 sorceror said to

 have been walled up

 alive for his evil

 deeds? Or must the

 Doctor – and the

 faithful Sarah Jane

 Smith – brave the

 realm of ghosts and

 face the very fiends

 of hell?


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The Ghosts

of N-Space

20TH JANUARY 1996 - 24TH FEBRUARY 1996







I really enjoyed “The Ghosts of N-Space”. It builds upon the strengths of the previous audio adventure, “The Paradise of Death”, without falling foul of many of the same pitfalls.


The story itself is a huge improvement on “The Paradise of Death”, and what is more it does what Doctor Who does best, giving a scientific (well, technobabble) explanation to some unexplainable mystery - in this case, ghosts. The premise of a Sicilian castle under siege by the hounds of hell, spectres of the dear departed, and the Earthly mafia is certainly one of

the most interesting ideas for a Doctor Who story that I have ever heard, and Barry Letts’

execution of his wonderful idea is even more satisfying, as is the first-class production.


The cast are, for the most part, superb. The Doctor, the Brigadier, and Sarah-Jane are portrayed with all the energy and enthusiasm that they always have been, even when confronted with some atrocious chunks of ‘talking to themselves’ exposition to get over. Furthermore, in his final performance as the Doctor, Jon Pertwee does not sound quite as old as he did in “The Paradise of Death”, quite oddly. The villain of the piece, Max (Stephen Thorne) gives a very versatile performance as he is required to play the character with a wide array of accents across different time zones. Letts even gives the bumbling male assistant, Jeremy Fitzoliver (Richard Pearce) much more to do in this story - getting

tortured, for example, and then conscripted. Much more satisfying.


However, some of the other characters’ voices do grate – the Brigadier’s Uncle Mario, for example – but I suppose that such horrendous stereotypes are to be expected when a story is set in a foreign country but told in English. Sandra Dickinson, however, has no excuse!


Accents aside, the only real complaints that I could make about this production are that (a) there is so much going on that, when listened to over six weeks (as originally intended), the listener could get lost (I certainly did back in 1996) and (b) the term ‘N-Space’ (used in this story to describe, for all intents and purposes, the afterlife) is also the abbreviation of ‘Normal Space’ (as opposed to ‘E-Space’ for 'Exo-Space') which again could (and in my case did) cause confusion.


All told though, “The Ghosts of N-Space” is an interesting slice of audio drama. It is a great shame that the team of  Letts, Pertwee, Courtney and Sladen could not have gone on to make more of these audio dramas, but the TV Movie and Pertwee’s death put paid to that. Nevertheless, “The Ghosts of N-Space” is a fitting send-off for Pertwee’s Doctor, wonderfully encapsulating all of the elements that made his era unique and memorable.


Copyright © E.G. Wolverson 2006


E.G. Wolverson has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988 to be identified as the author of this work.



Guidance suggests that this adventure takes place between the television stories Death to the Daleks and The Monster of Peladon. Within this gap, we have placed it after the third Doctor’s involvement in The Five Doctors, which was broadcast earlier.


When is now? This story features a comet which appears like clockwork every 157 years. As it was last sighted in 1818, then this story must be set in 1975.


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