The Gallifrey Chronicles (novel)

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The Gallifrey Chronicles was the seventy-third and final novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Lance Parkin, released 2 June 2005 and featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Trix MacMillan.

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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.


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  • The novel was originally planned to be released in March 2005, just before the transmission of Rose, but the BBC feared consumers would misunderstand it as a necessary prerequisite for understanding Series 1, so it was shifted down the release schedule. (DWM 356)
  • The events of The Ancestor Cell are re-interpreted, making more sense than that original book.
  • The Doctor's final line in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series is; "Shall we?"
  • Marnal lists the Eighth Doctor's companions as Lorenzo, Delilah, Frank, Claudia, Deborah, Jemima-Katy, Miranda, Nina, Anji, and Beatrice. "Jemima-Katy" is a reference to an applicant for the position of assistant to the Third Doctor in AUDIO: The Skivers, and "Claudia" is a reference to the 1997 erotic novel The Stranger, which also featured a thinly-veiled copyright-free version of the Eighth Doctor, and which had been previously referenced in Parkin's novel Father Time.
  • A reference to the Harry Potter novels is made, indicating that the Doctor possesses a set of ten books.
  • The book ends on a cliffhanger, leaving how the Doctor stops the Vore and returns Gallifrey open ended. However, the Doctor saw Gallifrey and the Time Lords restored in a vision of his future in The Tomorrow Windows. It should be made clear, however, that the EDA writers only alluded to Gallifrey being back as they, reasonably, presumed Gallifrey would be returned in the new series, which it wasn't.
Jackie Tyler holds The Gallifrey Chronicles.



BBC Books has announced that a "print on demand" reprint edition of this novel will be made available as of 31 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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