The Banquo Legacy

The Banquo Legacy
The Banquo Legacy

Sypnosis

Banquo Manor — scene of a gruesome murder a hundred years ago. Now history is about to repeat itself.

1898 — the age of advancement, of electricity, of technology. Scientist Richard Harries is preparing to push the boundaries of science still further, into a new area: the science of the mind.

Pieced together at last from the accounts of solicitor John Hopkinson and Inspector Ian Stratford of Scotland Yard, the full story of Banquo Manor can now be told.

Or can it? Even Hopkinson and Stratford don’t know the truth about the mysterious Doctor Friedlander and his associate Herr Kreiner — noted forensic scientists from Germany who have come to witness the experiment.

And for the Doctor, time is literally running out. He knows that Compassion is dying. He’s aware that he has lost his own ability to regenerate. He’s worried by Fitz’s fake German accent. And he’s desperate to uncover the Time Lord agent who has him trapped.

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Notes

  • The Banquo Legacy was the thirty-fifth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Andy Lane and Justin Richards. It concluded with a prelude to The Ancestor Cell, continuing the lead-up of previous novels. Banquo put two new characters in the leading roles and had them tell the story through first-person accounts. The Doctor was sidelined for a vast majority of the book.
  • Simpson is able to gain the “seed code” of Compassion’s randomiser from Susan Seymour, leading straight into The Ancestor Cell.
  • The Doctor mentions a friend nearly being killed by a giant rat. (The Talons of Weng-Chiang)
  • The Doctor comments that he “once did something similar with a charge of distronic radiation on a Zygon ship in Scotland” when explaining Nikola Tesla’s allowing half a million volts to pass through him. (Terror Of The Zygons)

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