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The Banquo Legacy was the thirty-fifth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Andy Lane and Justin Richards, released 5 June 2000 and featured the Eighth Doctor, Fitz Kreiner and Compassion.

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 the vast majority of the book.

Publisher's summary[]

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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Residents and staff of Banquo Manor[]



The Doctor[]

  • 19th century England is the Doctor's favourite time and place.
  • He refers to Irving Braxiatel as "a colleague and occasional collaborator in adventures of the mind, the body and the soul".


  • Artron energy is present in humans at a low level.
  • According to the Doctor, the Artron inhibitor "inhibits the block-transfer equations that make reconstitution and regeneration of the outer plasmic shell possible".


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  • The Banquo Legacy is composed of The Record of Inspector Ian Stratford and The Account of John Hopkinson, the exceptions being the prologue and epilogue.
  • The prologue contains a section of the book only concluded in the epilogue, with the body of the book explaining it.


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