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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, released 3 July 2000 and featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Compassion. It marked the end of Stephen Cole's role as editor of the BBC Books ranges.

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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...

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  • 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. It exists in the form of a Gallifreyan Flower of Remembrance.
  • 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 150th year as Lady President of Gallifrey.
  • Romana is a Prydonian.
  • It took the Time Lords many generations to accept TARDISes as ships of exploration and scientific research, now they are accepted as weapons of war.
  • 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.
  • Greyjan was president for three days, between 2 September and 14 September 1752.
  • Greyjan is "remembered" into existence by the Faction Paradox.
  • After the TARDIS transforms into the Edifice, the 'ghost' of the Third Doctor manifests in the console room, generating bone spiders to protect the ship, he and the Eighth Doctor admitting that spiders are important to them in a manner that they cannot define, referencing the Third Doctor's original regeneration (TV: Planet of the Spiders) before history was changed.

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