The Tomorrow Windows
by Jonathan Morris

Publisher: BBC
ISBN: 0 563 48616 3


    There's a new exhibition at the Tate Modern - The Tomorrow Windows. The concept is simple: look through a Tomorrow Window and you'll see into the future. According to the press pack, The Tomorrow Windows exhibition will bring about an end to war and suffering. Which is why someone decides to blow it up. Investigating this act of wanton vandalism, The Doctor, Fitz and Trix visit an Astral Flower, the show-world of Utopia, and Gadrahadradon - the most haunted planet in the galaxy. They face the sinister Cecces, the gratuitously violent Vorshagg, the miniscule Micron and the enigmatic Poozle. And they encounter the doomsday monks of Shardybarn, the warmongers of Valuensis, the politicians of Minuea and the killer cars of Estebol. They also spend about half an hour in Lewisham.


    Fitz and Trix.

    Pg 13 The TARDIS is in London, 2004, before the book begins.


    Pg 8 Prubert Gastridge is a none-too-subtle pastiche of Brian Blessed, who shouted a lot in Mindwarp.

    "Did he want to reprise his role in a series of Vargo spin-off audios?" Reference to the Big Finish audios, obviously.

    "He'd voiced Zagreus for that interactive cartoon thing, and narrated The Dalek War - In Colour." Reference to the Big Finish audio Zagreus and a comment on the various Dalek-based merchandise.

    Pg 9 "What the hell's mother's teeth is it?" Reference to Tegan's expression, "Hell's teeth", invented for the show.

    Pg 15 "He patted his pockets, dropped his sonic screwdriver, a radiation detector, a scrawl-covered manuscript, an A-Z of Hitchemus, a ball of string, a disposable camera, two AA batteries, some loose change from various colony worlds and a half-eaten apple into the plastic tray and walked backwards through the arch, arms above his head." The sonic screwdriver was first seen in Fury From the Deep, the radiation detector may be the same one seen in Ghost Light, Hitchemus was seen in The Year of Intelligent Tigers and the Doctor having an apple in his pocket was important in Hope.

    "The Doctor restored the contents of the tray to his capricious trouser pockets" The Doctor's pockets were always capricious in Terrance Dicks novelisations.

    "Earlier, at the end of January, he'd been sent by the Doctor to investigate the Institute of Anthropology, just round the corner from the British Museum." Sometime Never...

    Pg 16 "There was that time with the Ice Warriors landing in Trafalgar Square." The Dying Days.

    Reference to the Voords (The Keys of Marinus).

    "And before that, the Yeti on the underground... The dinosaurs in St James's Park... The shop-window dummies in Ealing Broadway..." The Web of Fear, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Spearhead From Space.

    Pg 19 Michael Grade, infamous cancellor of Doctor Who in the eighties, appears briefly.

    Stephen Fry, who acted in Death Comes to Time, appears even more briefly.

    Pg 21 "Abruptly the image changed to a ruined city, the buildings silhouetted against billowing flames. A flying saucer soared overhead, its body revolving around it. Squat machines in gunmetal grey glided through the rubble, their eyestalks scanning from left to right." This seems a lot like The Dalek Invasion of Earth, except that it's supposed to be the eighth Doctor's future not his past. But given the events of the 2005 series, it could well be part of the oft-mentioned Time War.

    "Men in skullcaps, robes and large, rounded collars gathered in a cathedral of turquoise." The Time Lords, very likely a forward reference to The Gallifrey Chronicles.

    "A figure with the head of a yellow-horned bull emerged from a sphere" The Horns of Nimon.

    We see a whole bunch of future Doctors here:

    "A listless-looking man sat on a sofa beside a girl in a red dress in an unconvincing medieval dungeon" is the Rowan Atkinson version from The Curse of Fatal Death.

    "An aristocrat with a high forehead and devilish, shadow-sunken eyes sucked on an asthma inhaler." This might be the Shalka Doctor, or possibly the Doctor seen in The Cabinet of Light.

    "A man in a cream suit strolled through Regent's Park, his long hair swept back, his nose bent, his chin held imperiously high." This would appear to be the Minister of Chance from Death Comes to Time, who, had a subsequent series been commissioned, would have taken on the mantle and the name of the Doctor in guilt over his actions in that story. It's certainly close to the way he is drawn in the DCTT animations. (Incidentally, he also appears very, very briefly in The Gallifrey Chronicles.)

    "A kindly-faced old gentleman in an astrakan hat pottered in a junkyard, chuckling." This is clearly the first Doctor from An Unearthly Child. His appearance here in the vision of the eighth Doctor's future may imply that the Doctor's regenerative cycle will swing around again.

    "A short, impudent-looking man, his ginger hair in disarray, plucked fluff from the collar of an afghan coat." This is the Merlin Doctor, almost exactly as described in the Battlefield novelisation, later revealed to be Muldwych in Happy Endings (who was first seen in Birthright).

    "A stockily built figure in a crushed velvet suit and eyeliner stared arrogantly into the distance" Possibly the Doctor from The Dalek Factor?

    Pgs 21-22 "A scruffy student with unruly, curly hair shrugged and smiled an apologetic, lopsided smile." Your guess is as good as ours.

    Pg 22 "A stranger stood alone on a sand-dune, his hair scraped into a pony-tail, his cloak flapping batlike in the wind -" Pony-tail aside, this is probably meant to be The Valeyard. The pony-tail may well have been hidden beneath the skull-cap. (Or this is the thirteenth Doctor as played by Michael Jayston, who looks all but identical to the Valeyard, given the circumstances of the latter's creation.)

    "A wiry man with a gaunt, hawklike face, piercing, pale grey-blue eyes and a thin, prominent nose." Probably the ninth Doctor.

    Pg 27 Reference to Hyspero (The Scarlet Empress).

    Pg 28 "You can never remember anything when it's really important." Paraphrase of a famous Tom Baker outtake from Season 16.

    Pg 31 Reference to K9.

    Pg 39 "'There are other worlds at a similar point of crisis. On the brink of destruction. On the very...' '- edge of disaster?'" Reference to Inside the Spaceship, whose first episode was titled The Edge of Destruction and whose second episode was The Brink of Disaster.

    Pg 40 Reference to Douglas Adams, writer and script editor of several stories in the seventies.

    "Gidi, Earth, Arkmic, Shardybarn, Ulclar, Biblios, Terjowar, Wabbab, Dido, Phoenix" Gidi might be a mishearing of Gidu, one of the planets mentioned in Nightmare of Eden. Biblios is from the comic strip War of the Words. Dido featured in The Rescue. Phoenix is from the comic strip Every Dog Has His Day.

    Pg 62 "The metal seas of Venus..." The first Doctor said these words in The Sensorites.

    Pg 66 "Probability N-forms? Knocked off in an afternoon. Interstitial Time Induction?" N-forms were seen in Damaged Goods and So Vile a Sin and interstitial time was important in The Time Monster.

    Pg 71 "In the last few months, though it seemed like over a year, he'd seen multiple Earths, multiple universes erased from history." Especially The Domino Effect and The Last Resort. The reference to it seeming like over a year refers to the change in the publishing schedule, whereby the multiverse arc became spread out much longer than intended due to the books being reduced to eleven a year.

    Pg 71 "He had defeated monsters and the monstrous... Sabbath, Silver, Ferran, the Kandyman..." Sabbath appeared in The Adventuress of Henrietta Street through Sometime Never... (plus an earlier cameo in The Slow Empire), Silver in Hope, Ferran in Father Time and the Kandyman in The Happiness Patrol.

    Pg 73 Reference to the planet Ranx, which was mentioned in Nightmare of Eden.

    Pg 77 "Isambard would've loved this!" Reckless Engineering.

    Pg 81 There's a city called Terranaton, clearly named after Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks, who was fond of unsubtle names for cities and planets himself.

    Pg 82 "Orwell. Bloke I met" Orwell's real name was Eric Blair and he was in History 101, not that you'd know it from that book. But see Continuity Cock-Ups, because this is a doozy.

    Pg 85 The Doctor on Fitz: "He has a habit of surviving. Usually." He didn't in The Ancestor Cell, to which the Doctor may be referring.

    Pg 88 Another reference to the city of Terranaton.

    Pg 115 "Something in burgundy, perhaps? Toulouse Loutrec-y. I do love gothic, don't you?" These describe the fourth Doctor's season 18 costume, the painting upon which his initial appearance was based and the feel of the Hinchcliffe era.

    Pg 116 "Currency is Arcturan ulta-pods" A delegate from Arcturus appeared in The Curse of Peladon and the system was also important in Transit.

    Pg 128 "Strange birds wheel through the alien sky." Paraphrase of the first Doctor's quote from An Unearthly Child.

    Pg 131 "Venfou, Vij, Iwa, Ellteeda, Quarxix, Centros, Ulcorn, Unlyo, Puxatornee, Vona, Kambalana Minor, Monbel, Terangh, Tigus" Vij was one of the planets in Nightmare of Eden. Centros is from the comic strips "Varnax" and "The Last Time Lord". Puxatornee features in Flip-Flop. Vona is from the comic strip "The Rival Robots". Tigus featured in The Daleks' Master Plan.

    Pg 149 Reference to Puccini (the Telemovie).

    Pg 150 References to Dronid, Exxilon and Anima Persis (Shada/Alien Bodies, Death to the Daleks/The Left-Handed Hummingbird and Death Comes to Time).

    Pg 157 "I'm not sure who was with me - young girl, and a lad from the Navy, I think." Sarah and Harry.

    Pg 188 "Each of the residents had scabby, corkscrew-like fingernails and a shock of white hair." Not only is the latter description used for the third Doctor in Terrance Dicks' novelisations, the fact that hair and fingernails continue to grow during even the deepest comas was remarked by Harry Sullivan in The Ark in Space.

    Pg 197 "Winston. Conan Doyle. Emiline. John, Paul, George, Pete and Stu. And two Nelsons." The Doctor met Winston Churchill in Players and The Shadow in the Glass. He met Conan Doyle in Evolution. The alternate Beatles were mentioned in The Devil Goblins From Neptune. But see Continuity Cock-Ups.

    Pg 207 Reference to Richard Dawkins, who's married to Lalla Ward.

    Pg 210 "Darp, Diqdarl, Perfugium, Zazz, Estebol, Rethgil, Huldraa, Aighin, Tyza, Zil, Oelid, Stavromula" Darp was one of the planets mentioned in Nightmare of Eden. Perfugium is from the Big Finish audio Master. Zil was another of the planets mentioned in Nightmare of Eden. And it's not Doctor Who, but Stavromula was a supposed planet from Life, the Universe and Everything, later revealed to be a nightclub in Mostly Harmless, both written by Douglas Adams (one time Doctor Who writer and script editor and to whom this book is dedicated).

    Pg 215 "Where are the Daleks, the Wrarth Warriors, the Krargs - all you can get is the c-list!" The Krargs appeared in Shada. You all know who the Daleks are.

    Pg 222 "Or back to the voice-over booth to extol the virtues of Megara Direct or Tersuran Airfresh?" The Megara appeared in The Stones of Blood and Tersurus was first mentioned in The Deadly Assassin, then appeared in The Curse of the Fatal Death, to which the 'airfresh" part is undoubtedly a reference.

    Pg 227 "Prubert muttered something about consonantal shift." State of Decay.

    Pg 237 "Free will is an illusion?" Paraphrase of the third Doctor's line from Inferno.

    Pg 244 "I'm the Grand Duchess. I'm Crystal Devine. I'm Aunt Beatrice, Triksie, Nat, Mac and a hundred others." Trix was the Grand Duchess in Time Zero and both Crystal Devine and Aunt Beatrice in Sometime Never...

    Pg 245 "You don't think that Reo thing's still controlling her, do you?" Halflife.

    Pg 253 "You're the Grand Duchess. You're Crystal Devine." Time Zero, Sometime Never...

    Pg 258 "Only cost me a few thousand Arcturan ultra-pods. The owner, a Navarino time-share salesman, was going through a messy divorce." Arcturans appeared in The Curse of Peladon and were important in Transit. Navarinos appeared in Delta and the Bannermen. This may help to explain why they were visiting Earth then.

    Pg 260 "All generated via block-transfer-computation." Logopolis.

    Pg 262 "I can't believe it's happened again, so soon after all that Reo stuff." Halflife.

    Pg 278 "As they'd passed the Globe theatre, the Doctor had launched into an improbable anecdote about helping Will Shakespeare to write Hamlet. However, probably due to the Doctor's foggy memory, the anecdote had also included Leonardo Da Vinci, a girl called Vicki, something called the Braxiatel Collection and the Daleks. It had been almost as confusing as the time he'd asked the Doctor if he'd ever been to Atlantis." The anecdote about Hamlet was first mentioned in City of Death, which also included the Doctor's near-meeting with Leonardo Da Vinci (another near-meeting occurred in The Masque of Mandragora). He and Vicki met Shakespeare in The Empire of Glass, where the Armageddon Convention was being organised by Irving Braxiatel, first mentioned in City of Death, who first appeared in Theatre of War and then a variety of Benny NAs, audios and Big Finish books, one of which (Death and the Daleks) also involved the Daleks attempting to invade the Braxiatel Collection. Daleks and Shakespeare also featured in the audio Time of the Daleks. Vicki also saw Shakespeare on the Time and Space Visualiser in The Chase and went on to become Cressida, who featured in one of Shakespeares plays.

    Atlantis featured in The Underwater Menace, The Time Monster and Fallen Gods, and was significant in the Daemons.

    Pg 279 "I remember saying to Charles Dickens -" This doesn't necessarily contradict The Unquiet Dead, since the Doctor could easily meet Dickens in several incarnations with no problems.

    Pg 280 Reference to the planet Esto, which was mentioned in The Sensorites.

    Near-reference to Gallifrey.


    Charlton Mackerel, although page 276 suggests there's more to him than meets the eye (and he may not even exist).


    1. Pgs 1-3 The suggestion here is that the statues of Easter Island are part of the scheme, rather than the portals seen in Eye of Heaven.
    2. Pg 30 "'I mean, here were are,' Trix drew her feet up beneath her, 'however many light years from Earth -'" Huh?
    3. Pg 82 "Orwell. Bloke I met" Except that Fitz doesn't actually meet Orwell/Blair in History 101. Blair's vanished before Fitz arrives and then when he reappears it's only for a single scene (without Fitz) where he's shot and then shipped out quickly.
    4. Pgs 169/172 "'Tell him,' urged one of the girls." [...] "What is... a bloke?" These women have never seen men before and don't know what they are, so why would they use the word "him"?
    5. Pg 186 "The astral flowers are believed to have developed from a variety of interplanetary fauna" Which is unusual, you'd expect flowers to have developed from flora.
    6. Pg 197 "Winston. Conan Doyle. Emiline." Presumably the latter is meant to be Emmeline, as in Emmeline Pankhurst.
    7. Pg 265 "She saved out lives..." Huh?
    8. Pg 279 "I remember saying to Charles Dickens -" It's not clear how to reconcile this with The Unquiet Dead, which appears to feature the Doctor's first meeting with Dickens.

    PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]

    1. Despite the resemblances and the chapter title, it's not actually Easter Island.
    2. Trix is so impressed at the instant travel that she's become tongue-tied.
    3. Presumably the Doctor had another adventure where he met Orwell, who was presumably travelling under his pseudonym (as he was in real life, despite History 101's claims).
    4. Despite expectations, the flowers nevertheless evolved from a variety of interplanetary roadkill.
    5. Emmeline might have been a heroic proto-feminist, but she couldn't spell worth a darn.
    6. Trix saved both their inner lives and their outer lives, bless her.
    7. The Doctor is a notorious name-dropper and may not have met Dickens at all.

    Pg 10 Crowflies

    Grunts, which are somewhat cowlike, as seen on page 46.

    Pgs 22, 24 Charlton is presumably an alien, but we never find out where from (and page 276 adds further complications to his existence).

    Pg 22 Martin is from Frantige Two.

    Pg 27 A human bomb.

    Pgs 33-34, 41 Ceccecs, two-dimensional creatures in monochrome.

    Pg 43 The original humanoid inhabitants of Valuensis.

    Pg 55 The indigenous inhabitants of Shardybarn.

    Pg 74 The original humanoid inhabitants of Estebol.

    Pgs 76, 99 The Gabaks and Aztales, who are machines modified by body parts.

    Pgs 77, 80 Octobots, robotic spiders.

    Pgs 90-91, 95-97 Nimbit, a short mammal with a large belly and a head of a walrus.

    Vorshagg, a reptile, with bulging eyes, thrusting horns and a cruel, dripping tongue.

    The Fabulous Micron, a tiny being, who resembles a man with chitinous insect limbs.

    Question Intonation, a being that looks like two hairy balls revolving around one another, whose name is the intonation at the end of a question.

    Pg 104 Porphins, snapes and smoogles, all vicious sea creatures.

    Pg 110 Zwees, robots that maintain Utopia.

    Pg 119 Urang monkeys and hounds.

    Pg 166 Rats.

    Pgs 167/170 Living cars.

    Pg 188 A lime-coloured girl who might be an android.

    Pg 1 Easter Island (but see Continuity Cock-Ups).

    Pg 4 Gadrahadradon (fifty years earlier, as we discover on page 274, then 2004).

    Pg 7 Froom-Upon-Harpwick (over a thousand years ago).

    Pg 10 Shardybarn (a thousand years ago, as we learn on page 50, then 2004).

    Pg 13 London, 2004.

    Pg 30 An enviro-podule.

    Pg 37 Charlton Mackerel's spaceship.

    Pg 43 Valuensis (a thousand years ago, as we learn on page 76, then 2004).

    Pg 66 Gnomis.

    Pg 74 Estebol (a thousand years ago, then 2004 (page 166)).

    Pg 104 Minuea (a thousand years ago, then 2004 (page 227)).

    Pg 110 Utopia.

    Pg 119 Nimbit's homeworld, in flashback.

    Pg 126 Vorshagg, in flashback.

    Pg 128 Xanadu.

    Pg 135 A Gaia sphere.

    Pg 139 The Micron homeworld, in flashback.

    Pg 143 Lewisham.

    Pg 145 A space cruiser.

    Pg 155 A research station.

    Pg 184 A shuttle.

    Pg 186 An astral flower.

    Pg 222 A ship.

    IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
    Simply wonderful. The plot is delicious and far better than the fluffy excuse for set pieces it appears to be. The regulars are delightful; Fitz's Poirot impersonation is very likely his all-time greatest moment in the books, the Doctor is spot-on and having Trix possessed for a second book in a row could have been disastrous, but actually keeps her interesting by forcing her off-balance. The guest aliens are well done and the various planets exist both as caricatures and as comments on our own society. All up, it's that rarest of things, an EDA that's firing on all cylinders. Oh, and at long, long last, not only has someone remembered that Doctor Who and humour actually go together, but the jokes themselves are sublime.