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EarthWorld (novel)

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Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Fitz Kreiner, Anji Kapoor
Main enemy: Asia, Africa and Antarctica Androids
Main setting: EarthWorld tourist park, New Jupiter
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Jacqueline Rayner
Release details
Release number: 43
Release date: 5 March 2001
Format: Paperback Book; 11 Chapters, 288 Pages
ISBN 0-563-53827-9
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EarthWorld was the forty-third release in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Jacqueline Rayner. It featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Anji Kapoor.

Publisher's summary Edit

2001 BBC Books edition Edit

Anji Kapoor has just had the worst week of her entire life, and things aren’t getting any better. She should be back at her desk, not travelling through time and space in a police box with a couple of strange men.

The Doctor (Strange Man No. 1) is supposed to be returning her to Soho 2001 AD. So quite why there are dinosaurs outside, Anji isn't sure. Sad sixties refugee Fitz (Strange Man No. 2) seems to think they’re either in prehistoric times or on a parallel Earth. And the Doctor is probably only pretending to know what's going on -- because if he really knew, surely he would have mentioned the homicidal triplet princesses, the teen terrorists, the deadly android doubles (and triples) and the hosts of mad robots?

Anji's never going to complain about Monday mornings in the office again...

Chapter titles Edit

  1. The Fluffy Frog in the Sky
  2. History’s What You Make It
  3. Killing Queens
  4. A Man is the Sum of His [False] Memories
  5. Powerplay
  6. Elvis Lives!
  7. Several Singalongs
  8. If You Prick Me, Do I Not Bleed?
  9. Nights at the Round Table
  10. Being Other People
  11. Dear TARDIS...

2013 BBC Books edition Edit

Anji has just had the worst week of her life. She should be back at her desk, not travelling through time and space in a police box. The Eighth Doctor is supposed to be taking her home, so why are there dinosaurs outside? The Doctor doesn’t seem to know either, or else he surely would have mentioned the homicidal princesses, teen terrorists and mad robots? One thing is certain: Anji is never going to complain about Monday mornings in the office again.

Plot Edit

The Doctor tries to return Anji to 2001 Soho, but mistakenly ends up on New Jupiter, a crude mock-up of historical Earth. While running from a caveman android, Anji and the Doctor are separated from Fitz and captured by guards who brand them terrorists and put them in a cell with three other prisoners, teenage boys Zequathon, Beezee, and Xernic. Anji's necklace, which had her name on it, is taken from her. It is identical to the ones worn by the teenagers, who tell the Doctor and Anji that they are members of ANJI, or the Association for New Jupitan Independence, a group trying to give New Jupiter cultural and political independence from Earth, at this time ruled by a feudal President with three daughters, Asia, Antarctica, and Africa. The Doctor and Anji are informed that they are in the death-row cell.

Fitz wanders through an Ancient Egypt zone and happens upon an android version of Antarctica, who takes him to the Twentieth Century London Zone, thinking he is a misplaced android. He tells her that he is a pop singer named Fitz Fortune, but she is unimpressed and returns to the Egypt zone. Fitz meets curator Venna Durwell, who like Antarctica thinks he is a broken android. To convince her that he is real, Fitz points out many errors after she quizzes him on 20th century "topics"--Winston Churchill didn't have seaside boxing matches and there should be no mail-delivering War Machines. Durwell decides to extract his historical knowledge and then kill him to give herself credit for her "research", but he escapes while she deals with a park emergency. A security android brings him to the President's daughters, who demand he give a concert or be killed. To prove they are serious about the latter choice, they take a trip to the Roman zone to see a robotic lion killing another abductee.

Characters Edit

  • Eighth Doctor
    • The Doctor lacks the knowledge to properly use his sonic screwdriver and can only do so if someone is distracting him first.
    • The Doctor is implied to not know why he likes the TARDIS looking like a police box until overhearing Fitz explaining why to Anji.
    • The Doctor suffers a great anguish at being locked up, described by Anji as a "caged tiger".
  • Fitz Kreiner
    • Fitz is a big Elvis fan. When he travelled with Samantha Jones, she revealed how Elvis became overweight and died; Fitz was disappointed and tries to forget that he knows this.
    • Fitz manages to become a rock star, going by Fitz Fortune.
    • Fitz has a massive identity crisis after noticing his guitar playing is better than ever despite his having neglected to practice. He realises the TARDIS rewired his brain to make him a better version of himself and is very disturbed by the fact.
    • Fitz is placed in a memory machine and is made to relive his entire life. Much to his great dismay, this includes his birth.
    • Fitz convinces the TARDIS to help him make sure the Doctor doesn't get his memories back yet.
  • Anji Kapoor
    • Anji tried to fit in at school by pretending her name was "Angela".
    • Anji thinks about getting a t-shirt that says I'm a main character. Don't kill me.
    • Anji intermittently appears to write emails to her late boyfriend, explaining her current situation and showing remorse for his death.
    • Considers the idea that she is undergoing a drug-induced hallucination.
  • James
    • Goes by Xernic.
    • An ANJI terrorist.
  • Jonathan
    • Goes by Zequathon.
    • An ANJI terrorist.
  • Timothy
    • Goes by Beezee
    • An ANJI terrorist.
  • Venna Durwell
    • The curator of EarthWorld
  • Africa
  • Antarctica
  • Asia
  • Elizabethan Hoover
  • Elvis
  • Hanstrum
  • John F Hoover
    • The "F" is the Presidential F and doesn't stand for anything.

References Edit

Notes Edit

EarthWorld 2013

The 2013 edition of the novel.

  • The novel was reprinted with a new cover on 7 March 2013 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

Continuity Edit

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