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Trading Futures
Trading Futures
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Fitz Kreiner, Anji Kapoor
Main enemy: Baskerville, Jonah Cosgrove, Onihr
Main setting:
Various Earth locations, 21st century
The Moon
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Lance Parkin
Release details
Release number: 55
Release date: 8 April 2002
Format: Paperback Book; 22 Chapters, 256 Pages
ISBN 0-563-53848-1
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Trading Futures was the fifty-fifth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Lance Parkin. It featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Anji Kapoor.

Publisher's summary Edit

"Welcome to the future."

The early decades of the twenty-first century. All the wars have been won. There are no rogue states. The secret services of the world keep the planet electronically monitored, safe from all threat. There is no one left for the United States and the Eurozone to fight. Except each other.

A mysterious time traveler offers a better future — he has a time machine, and with it, humanity could reach the next stage of evolution, they could share its secrets and become the new Lords of Time...

...either that, or someone could keep the technology for themselves, and use it to fight the ultimate war.

Chapter Titles Edit

  • Prologue: The Banquo Legacy
  • 1: Friendly Fire
  • 2: A Case for the Doctor
  • 3: A Pretty Girl is Like a Malady
  • 4: Never Say Neverland Again
  • 5: Baskerville
  • 6: Time Trip
  • 7: All Fall Down
  • 8: Time and Tide
  • 9: After the Deluge
  • 10: The Secrets of Time
  • Jaxa’s Story
  • 11: Bankruptcy
  • 12: The Spy Who Shot Me
  • 13: Tomorrow Never Lies
  • 14: When Rhinos Attack
  • 15: Time-Flight
  • 16: Dealbreaker
  • 17: Stand Off (ish)
  • 18: Boom and Bust
  • 19: Action
  • 20: Endgame

Characters Edit

References Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • The Eighth Doctor uses the Bocca Scale to measure time disturbances.
  • The Doctor can use a gun to to deflect bullets in mid-air by shooting them.

Fitz Kreiner Edit

  • Fitz uses a RealWar robot in what he thinks is an arcade game. Later Anji meets Baskerville, the owner of RealWar.
  • Fitz can still speak Chinese.
  • Fitz is mistaken for the Eighth Doctor and successfully defeats the alien invaders on his own, acting as the Doctor.

Anji Kapoor Edit

  • Anji thinks about "current" technology in relation to Hitchemus's.
  • Anji tries to use Baskerville's time machine (which isn't) to contact Dave.

Politics Edit

Time Lords Edit

Other species Edit

  • The Onihr are among many alien races seeking time travel in the post-Gallifrey universe, and have discovered some Time Lord relics (including the high-collared robes) in their quest.
  • The Onihr are large rhinoceros-like alien humanoids.

Earth Edit

  • The Onihr mention that the Earth acts as a magnet to "time travellers and other fourth-dimensional beings", but don't know why.

Baskerville Edit

  • Baskerville isn't a time traveller. His time machine (which several parties try to get throughout the novel) isn't. It's a coffee machine...more or less.
  • Baskerville is the richest man in the world. He possesses his own personal stealth Concorde.

Sabbath Edit

Notes Edit

  • Stylistically (right down to the cover), Trading Futures is a little bit like a James Bond movie, with the Doctor blowing up spy boats, car chases and international travel, bombs in interesting some genuine (non-coffee machine) time travel (and space alien rhinos).
  • The "dancing flame women" on the cover is a reuse of the fire image from PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street; you can see the silhouette of the Doctor in one of the women.
  • 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.[source needed]

Continuity Edit

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