The Banquo Legacy was the thirty-fifth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Andy Lane and Justin Richards, released 5 June 2000 and featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Compassion.
It concluded with a prelude to The Ancestor Cell, continuing the lead-up of previous novels. Banquo put two new characters in the leading roles and had them tell the story through first-person accounts. The Doctor was sidelined for the vast majority of the book.
Banquo Manor — scene of a gruesome murder a hundred years ago. Now history is about to repeat itself.
Or can it? Even Hopkinson and Stratford don't know the truth about the mysterious Doctor Friedlander and his associate Herr Kreiner — noted forensic scientists from Germany who have come to witness the experiment.
And for the Doctor, time is literally running out. He knows that Compassion is dying. He's aware that he has lost his own ability to regenerate. He's worried by Fitz's fake German accent. And he's desperate to uncover the Time Lord agent who has him trapped.
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- Eighth Doctor
- Fitz Kreiner
- Thomas Jeffries
- John Hopkinson
- Gordon Seavers
- Susan Seymour
- Catherine Harries
Residents and staff of Banquo Manor
- 19th century England is the Doctor's favourite time and place.
- He refers to Irving Braxiatel as "a colleague and occasional collaborator in adventures of the mind, the body and the soul".
- Artron energy is present in humans at a low level.
- According to the Doctor, the Artron inhibitor "inhibits the block-transfer equations that make reconstitution and regeneration of the outer plasmic shell possible".
- The Necronomicon is among Harries' book collection.
Plays from the real world
- Gordon Seavers went to University of Oxford.
- Three Sisters is the nearest town to Banquo Manor.
- Ian Stratford took a taxi from Great Scotland Yard to Notting Hill.
- The Doctor poses as a member of the Society for the propagation of the forensic sciences.
Foods and beverages from the real world
- John and Beryl drink whisky.
People from the real world
- John feels like he's trapped in an Arthur Pinero play.
- The Doctor states that the age of the gentleman scientist is over. "No more Galileos, Newtons or Faradays".
- Nikola Tesla allowed half a million volts to pass through his body and walked away unscathed.
- Among Harries' book collection is some poetry containing works by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Books from the real world
- Ian read Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey.
- The Doctor states that he provided Franz Hartmann with notes on premature burial for his book.
- Susan states that her climb down the chimney resembles The Water Babies.
- Coleridge's poem, Time, Real and Imaginary, is among Harries' book collection.
- The Banquo Legacy is composed of The Record of Inspector Ian Stratford and The Account of John Hopkinson, the exceptions being the prologue and epilogue.
- The prologue contains a section of the book only concluded in the epilogue, with the body of the book explaining it.
- Simpson is able to gain the "seed code" of Compassion's randomiser from Susan Seymour, leading straight into The Ancestor Cell.
- The Doctor mentions a friend nearly being killed by a giant rat. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang)
- The Doctor comments that he "once did something similar with a charge of distronic radiation on a Zygon ship in Scotland" when explaining Nikola Tesla's allowing half a million volts to pass through him. (TV: Terror of the Zygons)
- The Banquo Legacy at the Faction Paradox wiki
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Banquo Legacy at The Whoniverse
- The Cloister Library: The Banquo Legacy