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The Gallifrey Chronicles
Series: Doctor Who -
BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures
Release Number: 73
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companions: Fitz Kreiner, Trix
Enemy: The Vore
Setting: Earth, 2005
Author: Lance Parkin
Publisher: BBC Books
Publication: June, 2005
Format: Paperback Book, --- Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-563-48624-4
Previous Story: To the Slaughter
Following Story:
For the history of Gallifrey by John Peel, see The Gallifrey Chronicles (illustrated guide)

Published in June 2005, The Gallifrey Chronicles was the final novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures line of books, which had started in 1997.


Publisher’s Summary

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.



  • The Eye of Harmony opens briefly and a voice comes from it, (possibly the Master, who was swallowed by it at the conclusion of DW:Doctor Who: The TV Movie).
  • Marnal makes reference to many events, characters, and places from previous novels:
  • Marnal was placed in the care of a Mrs. Gate in 1883, (the only Mrs. Gate mentioned previously is Penelope Gate).
  • K-9 is revealed to be the scratching thing behind the TARDIS walls.
  • The Doctor sends K-9 to the planet Espero.
  • Gallifrey was said to be attacked by Omega, the Sontarans, Tannis, the Faction Paradox, Varnax, Catavolcus, and the Timewyrm.
  • The reference to the Timewyrm is significant as it was featured in the first original Doctor Who novel, published under the Virgin New Adventures line, Timewyrm: Genesys.


  • The events of The Ancestor Cell are re-interpreted to take on a slightly different meaning, which in turn makes 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 NA: The Dying Days. As both only shared one known adventure with the Eighth Doctor, they may have been overlooked in deference to companions he travelled with for longer. 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 audio productions, particularly Charley Pollard and Lucie Miller (although the latter wouldn't be introduced until nearly two years after this book as 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 11 books. In the real world this would appear to be an error as only seven were published. However, see the article on Harry Potter for a possible explanation.
  • The Doctor refers to the events of the novel The West End Horror by Nicholas Meyer, which describes an investigation by Sherlock Holmes and George Bernard Shaw. The Doctor claims to have also looked into the same murder.


External Links


  1. on page 62

BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures
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To the Slaughter
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