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Interference: Book One (Shock Tactic)
Series: Doctor Who -
BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures
Release Number: 25
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Third Doctor
Companions: Sam Jones, Fitz Kreiner
Enemy: Faction Paradox
The Remote
Setting: London, August, 1996
Saudi Arabia, August, 1996
Anathema, August, 1996
Author: Lawrence Miles
Publisher: BBC Books
Publication: August, 1999
Format: Paperback Book, 309 Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-563-55580-7
Previous Story: Autumn Mist
Following Story: Interference - Book Two


Publisher's Summary

Five years ago, Sam Jones was just a schoolgirl from Shoreditch. Of course, that was before she met up with the Doctor and found out that her entire life had been stage-managed by a time-travelling voodoo cult. Funny how things turn out, isn’t it?

Now Sam’s back in her own time, fighting the good fight in a world of political treachery, international subterfuge, and good old-fashioned depravity. But she’s about to learn the first great truth of the universe: that however corrupt and amoral your own race might be, there’s always someone in the galaxy who can make you look like a beginner.

Ms Jones has just become a minor player in a million-year-old power struggle... and as it happens, so has the Doctor.

Both of him, actually.



What Happened on Earth

  • Spends a great deal of time in a cell somewhere, being tortured, for no actual reason.
  • Tells Badar about his imprisonment on Ha'olam
  • Tells Badar his name, it's very long.
  • Sam has encountered Ogrons before.
  • Sam uses binoculars (given to her by the Doctor) made in the Filipino Protectorate in 4993. The binoculars have lip-reading software on them.
  • Is 22 years old.
  • Is 29 years old when he arrives on Earth with the Doctor and Sam.
  • Fitz goes from 1996 to 2593 in the Cold. In 2593 he celebrates his 626th birthday.
  • Upon finding himself in 2593/2594 decides to join the Faction Paradox.
  • Is using the alias Sarah Bland
  • Has met Ogrons before
  • Sarah Jane Smith masquerades as working for International Procurement Services to get into COPEX.
  • Sarah's memories of the events on Dust are somewhat blurry.
  • Guest
  • Fronts The Remote's contingent to Earth to sell The Cold.
  • Puts a receiver in/on Sam to expose her to the transmissions.
  • At one point tells Compassion to "Spack off". [1]
  • It has been two years since Kode was remembered.
  • Pretends to drive the self driving cars.
  • Badar
  • Is a journalist who was locked up for
  • With the Doctor discusses the Doctor's travels and together build a world of ideas, that he can retreat into, to escape the torture he endures.
  • On the 20th August 1996 he is executed.
  • Has recently read The Lord of the Rings.
  • Is currently female.

What Happened on Dust

  • Gets hot coffee thrown in his face by Magdelana Bishop.
  • Sarah screams when the TARDIS starts to bleed
  • She and the Doctor have just left Quiescia, before that they were in Peladon.
  • They're heading back to Earth at Sarah's request.
  • Experiences some flash-forwards of her possible-future.
  • Magdelana Bishop
  • Is the assigned defender of the township on Dust.



  • In the UN's building in Geneva Fitz finds a book with UNISYC seals called Theoretical Monsters: A Credibility Test. Of which he reckons the Xxxxxxxxxlanthi and Kalekani are not real.
It lists:
  • The Cybermen
  • The Xxxxxxxxxlanthi (mind-chewers from the Fifth Universe)
  • Gell Guards
  • Kalekani (that use a terraforming virus on biospheres to replace all land with flats and slopes of green, on Earth it's called "golf".)


Gallifreyan technology

  • Bowships are described/seen by Sam to have "huge spikes fitted to the prows of the ships, glittering gold in the light from the nearest stars"[2]
  • The TARDIS is modelled out of pure mathematics, it is a complex space-time event. Its very existence and position in relation to the rest of the continuum was just an intricate code series. [3]
  • The Rassilon Imprimatur maps a Time Lord "on to the vortex by numbers, linked to the heart of space-time by an umbilical cord of pure mathematics."[3]

Human politicians

  • According to the Doctor the order of American presidents so far is; Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Dering, Springsteen, Norris...[4]
  • The order of who was/is British prime minister is: Heath, Thorpe, Williams, Thatcher, Major, Blair, Clarke... Major.[4]



  • There are Ghanaians, Iranians, Saudi Arabians, Indonesians, Russian Mafia and British at COPEX.
  • COPEX has been running since at least 1992. It is an arms fair.
  • Lewis knows about 'black' technology that C19 has.
  • UNISYC is in the process of being established.
  • UNIT, UNISYC, the ISC are holding some of the technological balance of power.
  • Order of the Rectangle, the Cult of the Black Sun and the Luminus were all created by the Faction Paradox.


Races and species

  • The Doctor states: "Trade-dependant races are quite common in this part of the galaxy.The Selachians are always trying to unload arms on planets like this one.The Mentors are even worse.And the Arcturans would sell their own souls, if they had any." [5]
  • Guest, Compassion and Kode use Ogrons for security.


  • The Remote's transmitters use block-transfer formulae.
  • According to Compassion (speaking to Sam) "You're not supposed to have transmats on Earth. Not in the twentieth century."[6]
  • A court case was brought against Microsoft because of its software provided to the robots at the Festival of Ghana. Bill Gates is still apologising for his company's part in it and that it wasn't his fault the robots started killing people.
  • The Cold is quite possibly related to validium.
  • "Contact with the Cold can create large-scale interference in any local transmissions"[7]
  • Sarah's Land Rover has a computer system powered by I2 technology.

The Doctor's items

  • UNIT uses the space-time telegraph to contact the Doctor which now looks like a red London phone box after it was expunged from the TARDIS console following its refit.
It starts ringing in the TARDIS and states: "At the third stroke, it will be seventeen minutes past midnight on the eighth of August, 1996. Precisely." [8]
  • The Doctor left the space-time telegraph with the UN in the 1970s or the 1980s.


  • The prose in this book shifts between conventional narrative to teleplay/scene breakdown.
  • According to Kate Orman on a internet question board, the working draft (dated November 1998) did not include the Third Doctor. [9]
  • This is the first novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures line to use the blue Doctor Who logo on its cover and spine, prior to this it was a silver logo.


  • Faction Paradox first appeared in EDA: Alien Bodies.
  • Sam was put through the emotional and temporal wringer in EDA: Unnatural History, that was a couple of months ago for Sam.
  • At the end of EDA: Autumn Mist Sam told the Doctor the next time they landed on Earth close to her original time she would be leaving him and the TARDIS.
  • The novel / story is continued in EDA: Interference - Book Two.
  • The space time telegraph was first mentioned in DW: Revenge of the Cybermen.
  • Lewis mentions the events of DW: The Tenth Planet, saying he remembers all the fuss from the 1980s and the worry over the new Z-bomb that could destroy the Earth.
  • IM Foreman refers to bottle universes and the Time Lords using it as an escape route which is in part some of the plot to BNA: Dead Romance.
  • Sam's bad drug experience appears here it was first mentioned in EDA: Longest Day.
  • Fitz recalls his indoctrination by the Chinese in EDA: Revolution Man.
  • The Festival of Ghana is a references to DW: The Chase.
  • I2 appeared in MA: System Shock

External Links


  1. Interference - Book One, page 66
  2. Interference - Book One, page 214
  3. 3.0 3.1 Interference - Book One, page 232
  4. 4.0 4.1 Interference - Book One, page 141
  5. Interference - Book One, page 45-46
  6. Interference - Book One, page 173
  7. Interference - Book One, page 107
  8. Interference - Book One, page 29
  9. Ask Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum - The Doctor Who Forum at Outpost Gallifrey (Page 2) (ezyboard membership required)

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