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|The Ancestor Cell|
|Main enemy:||Faction Paradox|
|Main setting:||Gallifrey, the Rassilon Era|
|Writer:||Peter Anghelides and Stephen Cole|
|Release date:||July, 2000|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 288 Pages|
|BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures|
|The Banquo Legacy||The Burning|
The Ancestor Cell was the thirty-sixth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Peter Anghelides and Stephen Cole, and featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner, Compassion and Romana III.
The Doctor's not the man he was. But what has he become? An old enemy -- Faction Paradox, a cult of time-travelling voodoo terrorists -- is finally making him one of its own. These rebels have a mission for him, one that will deliver him into the hands of his own people, who have decreed that he must die. Except now, it seems, the Time Lords have a mission for him too...
A gargantuan structure, hewn from solid bone, has appeared in the skies over Gallifrey. Its origin and purpose are unknown, but its powers threaten to tear apart the web of time and the universe with it. Only the Doctor can get inside... but soon he will learn that nothing is safe and nothing sacred.
Shot by both sides, confronted by past sins and future crimes, the Doctor finds himself a prisoner of his own actions. With options finally running out, he must face his most crushing defeat or take one last, desperate chance for salvation...
- The Eighth Doctor
- Both 'versions' of Fitz appear in this novel, the 'current version' and the original who became Father Kreiner.
- Picks Nivet as her travelling companion.
- Romana is a Prydonian.
- Romana is President, War Queen and Mistress of the Nine Gallifreys.
- Technician Nivet
- Survives the destruction of Gallifrey and travels with Compassion.
- The Faction Virus which infected the Doctor during his paradoxical regeneration on Dust continues to affect him.
- Fitz knows of the Faction Paradox either from his encounter on Earth in San Francisco 2002 or on Earth in 1996, or when he was part of the Remote prior to his re-remembering by the TARDIS.
- The Edifice which hangs over Gallifrey is revealed to be the Doctor's TARDIS, which he thought was destroyed.
- The Panopticon should have six sides, but due to the Faction Paradox's interference it keeps losing sides until it's a circle.
- Romana is about to celebrate her time as Lady President of Gallifrey.
- Gallifrey is destroyed here by the Doctor.
- Cherantrin V is a planet where the Doctor, Fitz and Sam saw a double sunrise.
- The founders of Time Lord society include Rassilon, Omega, Pandak, Apeiron and the Other.
- The Penansulix Structure is a building on Gallifrey.
- This is the first time Gallifrey is destroyed (but not the last).
The Ancestor Cell saw the culmination of the War arc, which had begun in Alien Bodies. The creator of the storyline, Lawrence Miles, grumbled about The Ancestor Cell, and went on to continue his War storyline in his own Faction Paradox series.
Among Miles' criticisms were the identities of the Enemy (primordial cells irradiated by temporal interference and then energised by a leaking bottle universe) and Grandfather Paradox (a future incarnation of the Doctor). According to Miles, Stephen Cole claimed that both revelations were not definite answers.
- PROSE: Alien Bodies was the first novel to feature both the Faction Paradox and the first mention of the future War, the Enemy and sentient TARDISes similar to Compassion.
- PROSE: The Taking of Planet 5 debuted the war-TARDISes.
- PROSE: The Shadows of Avalon started the Time Lords chasing the Doctor, Compassion and Fitz.
- Fitz knows who the Faction Paradox are from his encounter with them in either/both PROSE: Unnatural History and Interference.
- Compassion drops the Doctor on Earth which leads into PROSE: The Burning.
- Compassion also delivers Fitz on Earth a hundred years later in time to meet the Doctor, which he does in PROSE: Escape Velocity.
- PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles sorts out and re-interprets many of the events seen in this novel.
- Romana mentions the Dalek incident. (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element)
- Romana remembers challenging Flavia. (PROSE: Goth Opera)
- Father Kreiner mentions the Thiili (PROSE: Dominion) and Vega Station. (PROSE: Demontage) Fitz retaliates with tales of Drebnar. (PROSE: Frontier Worlds)
- Detailed synopsis of The Ancestor Cell at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Ancestor Cell at The Whoniverse
- Unused Chapter 10 of The Ancestor Cell (PDF) from Peter Anghelides website
- My Review of THE ANCESTOR CELL, by Lawrence Miles.