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The Gallifrey Chronicles
The Gallifrey Chronicles
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Fitz Kreiner
Trix
Main enemy: The Vore
Main setting: Italy, 40 BC
London, Manhattan and Guinea-Bissau, June 2005
The Vore moon, June 2005
Greyfrith, the 1980s
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Lance Parkin
Release details
Release number: 73
Release date: 2 June 2005
Format: Paperback Book, 288 Pages
ISBN 0-563-48624-4
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The Gallifrey Chronicles was published in 2 June 2005. It was the final novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures line of books, which had started in 1997. It was written by Lance Parkin. It featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Trix MacMillan.

Publisher’s summary Edit

The Doctor’s home planet of Gallifrey has been destroyed. The Time Lords are dead, their TARDISes annihilated. The man responsible has been tracked down and lured to Earth in the year 2005, where there will be no escape. But Earth has other problems — a mysterious signal is being received, a second moon appears in the sky, and a primordial alien menace waits to be unleashed...

The stage is set for the ultimate confrontation — for justice to be done. The Doctor and his companions Fitz and Trix will meet their destiny. And this time, the Doctor isn’t going to be able to save everyone.

Characters Edit

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Notes Edit

  • The events of PROSE: The Ancestor Cell are re-interpreted, making more sense than that original book.
  • Marnal lists the Eighth Doctor's companions as Lorenzo, Delilah, Frank, Claudia, Deborah, Jemima-Katy, Miranda, Nina, Anji, and Beatrice. Of the list only Miranda (Miranda Dawkins) and Anji Kapoor can be positively identified as having previously appeared. One could assume "Beatrice" to be a reference to Trix, especially considering it's a pseudonym that she herself uses later on in the book (Page 215), but even this is not entirely clear. Missing from this list are Grace Holloway (often identified as a companion of the Eighth Doctor) and Bernice Summerfield, who served as companion in PROSE: The Dying Days. The list also omits the companions he travelled with in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip (i.e. Izzy Sinclair and Destrii) and the Big Finish Productions audio productions, particularly Charley Pollard and Lucie Miller (although the latter wouldn't be introduced until nearly two years after this book was published). Jemima-Katy was the name of the applicant for the position of assistant to the Third Doctor when Jon Pertwee made a guest appearance on the BBC Radio 4 comedy series The Skivers.
  • A reference to the Harry Potter novels is made, indicating that the Doctor possesses a set of eleven books. In the real world, this would appear to be an error as only seven were published. However, J.K. Rowling also created some copies of books that are mentioned in the Potter books. So, the Doctor might also be referring to those extra books.
  • The book ends on a cliffhanger, leaving how the Doctor stops the Vore and returns Gallifrey open ended. However, Gallifrey and the Time Lords are restored in a vision of the Doctor's future in PROSE: The Tomorrow Windows.
  • The four surviving Time Lords are shown: a man with a black beard and a rosette, a young woman with blonde hair, a tall man with a bent nose, holding a pair of dice and the Doctor with short hair, holding a baby girl in his arms.

Continuity Edit

Reprint Edit

BBC Books has announced that a "print on demand" reprint edition of this novel will be made available as of 31st August 2011 as the imprint revisits adventures featuring the first eight Doctors.

This book is also available as an ebook from the Amazon Kindle store.

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