|Companion(s):||Fitz Kreiner, Anji Kapoor|
|Main enemy:||Baskerville, Jonah Cosgrove, Onihr|
|Release date:||8 April 2002|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 256 Pages|
|BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures|
|Anachrophobia||The Book of the Still|
"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.
- Eighth Doctor
- Fitz Kreiner
- Anji Kapoor
- Jonah Cosgrove
- Bermuda Atkins
- Dee Gordon
- Felix Mather
- Malady Chang
- Penny Lik
- Onihr Leader
- Onihr Deputy Leader
- 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 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 thinks about "current" technology in relation to Hitchemus's.
- Anji tries to use Baskerville's time machine (which isn't) to contact Dave.
- The Eurozone, or EZ, is one of the larger superpowers in the "near future". Britain is part of the EZ.
- Jonah Cosgrove is the deputy Head of Eurozone Secret Service.
- Felix Mather is President of the United States.
- Malady Chang is a CIA agent, working for Control.
- After the destruction of the Time Lords, there are now humans with access to time travel technology.
- 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.
- The Onihr mention that the Earth acts as a magnet to "time travellers and other fourth-dimensional beings", but don't know why.
- 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.
- 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 places...plus 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]
- Fitz learnt to speak Chinese during his time brainwashed for Communist China. (PROSE: Revolution Man)
- Fitz wanders the TARDIS corridors and hears something scratching behind the walls. The source of the noise is revealed in PROSE: The Gallifrey Chronicles.
- The Doctor first met Felix Mather while hijacking the Atlantis space shuttle. (PROSE: Father Time)
- Cosgrove has survived the Martian invasion, (PROSE: The Dying Days) and the Fall of Learman. (AUDIO: The Time of the Daleks)
- The Doctor remembers meeting Time Agents in 1933. (PROSE: Eater of Wasps)
- Trading Futures at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Trading Futures at The Whoniverse