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The Ancestor Cell
The Ancestor Cell
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Fitz Kreiner
Main enemy: Faction Paradox
Grandfather Paradox
Main setting: Gallifrey, the Rassilon Era
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Peter Anghelides and Stephen Cole
Release details
Release number: 36
Release date: 3 July 2000
Format: Paperback Book; 51 Chapters, 288 Pages
ISBN 0-563-53809-0
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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.

Publisher's summary Edit

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...

Chapter Titles Edit

  • 1: Travelling companions
  • 2: Ultimatum
  • 3: Not waving
  • 4: Abandon ship
  • First Interlude: In his footsteps
  • 5: Dusty reception
  • 6: Uninvited guest
  • 7: Turn on, tune in, drop out
  • 8: Question time
  • 9: Message in a bottle
  • 10: Taken for a ride
  • 11: House call
  • Second Interlude: Know your enemy
  • 12: Great minds
  • 13: Edifice
  • 14: Talk of the Devil
  • 15: Set in bone
  • 16: Possessed
  • 17: Shadowplay
  • Third Interlude: Infected
  • 18: Looks familiar
  • 19: Barbarian Culture
  • 20: Everybody's got something to hide except me and my monkey
  • 21: Face off
  • 22: Chaos ritual
  • 23: Familiarity breeds
  • 24: Ancestral manoeuvres in the dark
  • 25: Memories of a blue planet
  • 26: Discontinuity
  • Fourth Interlude: Under glass
  • 27: Source bottle
  • 28: Mother of invention
  • 29: Standing on ceremony
  • 30: House arrest
  • 31: The promise of impossibility
  • 32: Don't shoot the messenger
  • 33: Who to blame
  • 34: Future history
  • 35: Eternal kill
  • 36: Sage of paradox
  • 37: See how they run
  • 38: Burnt-down days
  • 39: Ruin
  • 40: Slaughterhouse
  • 41: Ever the mortal
  • 42: Fitz/Kreiner
  • 43: The choice
  • 44: Ended
  • Final Interlude: The time
  • 45: Aftermath
  • 46: Travelling companions

Characters Edit

  • The Doctor was the 407th and 409th president of Gallifrey.
  • In the corrupted timeline created by his infection by the Paradox biodata virus, the Eighth Doctor becomes the representation of Grandfather Paradox; Fitz describes the Grandfather as resembling the Doctor 'if he spent twenty years in the navy before becoming a psycho'.
  • Destroys Gallifrey and erases the Second War in Heaven's timeline by restoring the original timeline.
  • Both versions of Fitz appear in this novel, the "current version" and the original who became Father Kreiner; Father Kreiner is killed during the novel.
  • Compassion
    • 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 original doesn't appear; this Greyjan is "remembered" into existence by the Faction Paradox.
  • He was president for three days (between 2 September 1752 and 14 September 1752).

References Edit

Notes Edit

  • This is the first time Gallifrey is destroyed (but not the last).

Criticisms Edit

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 version of the Eighth Doctor). According to Miles, Stephen Cole claimed that both revelations were not definite answers.

Lance Parkin's novel The Gallifrey Chronicles reveals that Grandfather Paradox is in fact everyone's potential future.

Continuity Edit

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