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Joyride was the first release in the BBC Class novels series. It was written by Guy Adams, who had written for Doctor Who and Torchwood previously.

Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]

"So, can you just leap into other people's bodies? Take them over? And while you’re in control, you can do whatever you want? Brilliant."

Poppy is a quiet girl, right up until she steals a car and drives it through a shop window.

Max is a nice guy, but then he kills his whole family. Just for fun.

Amar always seems so happy, so why is he trying to jump to his death from the school roof?

Some of the students of Coal Hill School are not themselves. Some of them are dying. Ram has just woken up in a body he doesn't recognise, and if he doesn't figure out why he may well be next.

Plot[edit | edit source]

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Characters[edit | edit source]

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Individuals[edit | edit source]

Locations[edit | edit source]

Shoreditch locations[edit | edit source]

Other locations[edit | edit source]

  • Stephen Patrick bets on horse races in Aintree.
  • George Barker is offered a return ticket to Basildon.
  • Andrea Quill takes the Central line to get home.
  • When Ram walks along Swallow Avenue he finds himself on Old Street.
  • Barry Taylor assumes that, since Charlie is an alien, he must be from Mars.
  • Fletcher drops Mrs Cummings at Barbican.
  • Mike was thrown under a tube train at Edgware Road.
  • Fletcher plans to run away to Dubai after making enough money.
  • Steve once had a girlfriend from Leeds. He thinks of running away with his family to Leeds or Manchester.
  • James Banks transferred to a body of an eighteen-year-old from Brixton.

Technology[edit | edit source]

Police[edit | edit source]

  • Poppy's body is removed from the car by SOCOs.

Media[edit | edit source]

Organisations[edit | edit source]

  • Matteusz suggests a possibility of donating money on JustGiving.
  • Mike owns a company named Sparkz Mobile Disco.
  • A UNIT team are brought in to take away Fletcher's alien technology.

Culture[edit | edit source]

  • A splatter from a skull shot through by a bullet in a computer game is compared to paintings by Jackson Pollock.
  • Tommy Collins is wearing Iron Man pyjamas.
  • Ram compares his being in somebody else's body to a Ryan Reynolds movie where he swaps with Jason Bateman, who gets to be Ryan Reynolds and decides not to have sex with Olivia Wilde.
  • Toby Moore remarks that viola, the first name of Viola Cummings, is a musical instrument.
  • Miss Quill and Charlie hear sounds of an acoustic guitar.

Science[edit | edit source]

Food and drinks[edit | edit source]

Animals[edit | edit source]

  • Tanya thinks about a small dog attacking an Alsatian.
  • Damon notes that Swallow Avenue has the same name as a bird.
  • Steve scrunches himself into a ball like a hedgehog.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The UK print erroneously refers to Coal Hill as 'Coal Hill School'. It is also inconsistent in spelling April's surname, giving the correct MacLean on some occasions and an incorrect MacClean. The US print corrects the misspellings of April's surname to their proper form, but does not correct the references of Coal Hill as a school.
  • In this story, the alien presence in Shoreditch is not related to the Rift at Coal Hill Academy: the aliens arrived using their own space/time travelling technology six months prior to the events of TV: For Tonight We Might Die.

Audio release[edit | edit source]

  • The story was released as an unabridged 6x CD audiobook by Blackstone Audio and HarperCollins, read by Steve West.

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