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Frontier Worlds was the twenty-ninth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Peter Anghelides, released 29 November 1999 and featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Compassion.

It featured insights into how the Doctor's pockets work (he rips the lining out) and how the TARDIS translation system functions; the TARDIS does the best it can based on what the people it is translating for (and to) are thinking leading to some translation problems.

Publisher's summary[]

What strange attraction lures people to the planet Drebnar? When the TARDIS is dragged there, the Doctor determines to find out why.

He discovers that scientists from the mysterious Frontier Worlds Corporation have set up a base on the planet, and are trying to blur the distinction between people and plants. The TARDIS crew plan to prevent a biological catastrophe — but their plan goes wrong all too soon.

Compassion finds her undercover work so engrossing she risks losing her detachment. Fitz seems too distracted by the local population to keep his eye on Compassion. So when the Doctor gets trapped in a freezing wilderness, who can stop him falling victim to a lethal experiment in genetic modification?

For something else has been lured to Drebnar, something that Frontier Worlds Corporation will ruthlessly exploit without care for the consequences — an ancient organism which threatens to snuff out Drebnar's solar system.


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  • Eighth Doctor / under the alias of James Bowman
  • Fitz Kreiner / under the alias Frank Sinatra
  • Compassion / under the alias Nancy Sinatra
  • Shaz Mozarno
  • Marog Mozarno
  • Shaz Mozarno's father
  • Alura Trebul
  • Klenton Dewfurth
  • Griz Ellis
  • Kupteyn
  • Temm Sempiter
  • Temm Sempiter's father
  • Temm Sempiter's mother
  • Hannaw Applin
  • Direk Merdock
  • Direk Merdock's mother
  • Stinricz Lowfer
  • Rhadoon Haroon
  • Brab Tonquis
  • Bragnor Regot
  • Nadaly Allder
  • Nilloc Jascot
  • Pora Darg
  • Jiulyan Larruge
  • Joey
  • Sorrel Linoir


The Doctor[]

  • The Doctor uses the the alias of James Bowman.


  • Fitz uses the alias of Frank Sinatra.
  • Compassion uses the alias of Nancy Sinatra.
  • Alura Trebul is murdered by the company while it was hunting Fitz and Compassion


  • This novel is part of a pentalogy of sorts around Compassion and her development into a sentient TARDIS.
  • How the TARDIS translation system works is described in this novel; it does the best it can based on what the people it is translating for (and to) are thinking. Consequently it once translated the slogan "Coke adds life" as “Class A drugs brings your ancestors back from the grave”.
  • The Doctor dances with a lady in a dress during a dream sequence. The lady is implied to be the TARDIS.
  • Compassion sums up the TARDIS crew via metaphor - saying that when they look up at the sky, the Doctor sees animal shapes in the clouds and rocket trails, Compassion could list the scientific names for the cloud formations while Fitz would say that the only reason they can see the clouds is because someone has stolen their tent. She's trying to say that the three of them need each other.


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