a real world point of view
|The Tomorrow Windows|
|Companion(s):||Fitz Kreiner, Trix|
|Main setting:||Earth, 2004 |
|Release date:||June, 2004|
|Format:||Paperback Book, --- Pages|
|BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures|
|Halflife||The Sleep of Reason|
The Tomorrow Windows was the sixty-ninth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Jonathan Morris. It featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Trix MacMillan. It was notable for referencing many past stories, both televised and from other media.
Publisher’s Summary Edit
There’s a new exhibition at Tate Modern -- ‘The Tomorrow Windows’.
The concept is simple: look through a Tomorrow Window and you’ll see into the future. You’ll get ‘The Gist of Things to Come’. According to the press pack, The Tomorrow Windows exhibition will bring about an end to war and suffering.
Which is why someone decides to blow it up.
Investigating this act of wanton vandalism, the Doctor, Fitz and Trix visit an Astral Flower, the show-world of Utopia and Gadrahadradon -- the most haunted planet in the galaxy. They face the sinister Ceccecs, the gratuitously violent Vorshagg, the miniscule Micron and the enigmatic Poozle. And they encounter the doomsday monks of Shardybarn, the warmongers of Valuensis, the politicians of Minuea and the killer cars of Estebol.
They also spend about half an hour in Lewisham.
- The Doctor
- Fitz Kreiner
- Poozle of the Varble
- Looks like a giant floating lava lamp.
- Astrabel Zar
- Bimble Wantige
- Charlton Mackerel
- Dittero Shandy
- Dreylon Pewt
- Jarkle Winkitt
- Ken Livingstone
- Prubert Gastridge
- Sheabley McMung
- Welwyn Borr
- Zoberly Chesterfield
- Pigboy Caroon
- Emmanuel Bloater
- Question Innotation
- Planets mentioned in this novel are: Acfarr, Aighin, Anima Persis Arethro, Arkmic, Biblios, Centros, Dido, Diqdarl, Ellteeda, Ertshea, Exxilon, Flamvolt, Hambas, Ijij, Iwa, Kambalana Minor, Kootanoot, Monbel, Oelid, Perfugium, Pergoss, Phoenix, Prum, Puxatornee, Quarxis, Rethgil, Ryrus, Terangh, Terjowar, Tigus, Tinric, Tonhic, Tyza, Ukorn, Ulclat, Unlyo, Veln, Verd Varb, Venfou, Venmof, Vidow, Vona, Vymto, Wabbab, Zazz, Zom and Gallifraxion Four.
- One of the planets that only half gets mentioned begins with Gallifr-. This is referenced many times in the novel with an event or interruption before the full name can be revealed. At the end of the novel it turns out the planet is Gallifraxion Four, much to Fitz's delight as he thought it was Gallifrey.
- Guests at the opening of the Tomorrow Windows Gala Opening include Blur, Stephen Hawking, Jeremy Paxman, Ian Hislop, Michael Grade, Salman Rushdie, Ricky Gervais, Joanne Rowling, Bill Bailey, Stephen Fry, Richard Curtis and Ben Elton.
- Martin mentions K9 to Trix. Trix has never heard of K9.
- The Doctor says he met Shakespeare and helped him write Hamlet. However, his version got twisted and included a girl called Vicki, possibly a reference to the companion of the First Doctor.
- An electron bomb destroyed Tate Modern in June 2004.
- The Micron are a tiny race that are trying to conquer the universe by buying planets. Their government is called the Domination Council.
- The Vorshagg are tall, thickly built lizards with serrated teeth and dagger-like horns.
- When the Doctor looks into the Tomorrow Windows, he sees images from his future, most notably a ruined city with buildings on fire with saucers crashed into the ground and metal pots with eyestalks wandering the ruins. This could be a reference the Last Great Time War, mentioned in the new TV series.
- In the Tomorrow Windows, the Doctor sees the Time Lords standing in the Panopticon.
- Many celebrities make cameo appearances in this novel including Ken Livingstone, J. K Rowling, Jeremy Paxman, Ian Hislop, Stephen Fry and Huw Edwards.
- Ken Livingstone mentions events of TV: The Web of Fear, TV: Spearhead from Space, TV: Invasion of the Dinosaurs and PROSE: The Dying Days.
- Darp, Gidi, Ranx, Vij and Zil are all planets stored on Tryst’s CET machine in TV: Nightmare of Eden.
- The Doctor recalls meeting the Kandyman. (TV: The Happiness Patrol)
- The events of PROSE: Halflife are mentioned, specifically the fact that Trix was possessed by Reo and the Doctor and Fitz are wondering if she has been possessed by Martin.
- In one of the Doctor's pockets is an A-Z of Hitchemus. (PROSE: The Year of Intelligent Tigers)
- Prubert Gastridge once voiced Zagreus in a cartoon. (AUDIO: Zagreus)
- When looking through the Tomorrow Windows, the Doctor sees the Time Lords standing in a cathedral of turqouise, revealing that the Doctor restores the Time Lords. (PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles)
- Looking through the Tomorrow Windows into his future, the Doctor sees a Nimon emerge from a sphere. (AUDIO: Seasons of Fear)
- The Doctor sees various possible future incarnations of himself in the Tomorrow Windows. All the possible Ninth Doctors seen in the Tomorrow Windows eventually merge into one definitive Ninth Doctor, who is shown giving his enemies a menacing glance. (TV: Rose et al)
- Detailed synopsis of The Tomorrow Windows at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: The Tomorrow Windows at The Whoniverse