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Vampire Science
Series: Doctor Who -
BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures
Release Number: 2
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companions: Sam Jones
Enemy: Vampires
Setting: Earth, USA, San Francisco, 1976
Earth, USA, San Francisco, 1997
Author: Kate Orman & Jonathan Blum
Publisher: BBC Books
Publication: July 1997
Format: Paperback Book, 283 Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-563-40566-X
Previous Story: The Eight Doctors
Following Story: The Bodysnatchers


Publisher's Summary

In the days when the Time Lords were young, their war with the Vampires cost trillions of lives on countless worlds. Now the Vampires have been sighted again, in San Francisco Some want to coexist with humans, using genetic engineering in a macabre experiment to find a new source of blood. But some would rather go out in a blaze of glory - and UNIT's attempts to contain them could provoke another devastating war.

The Doctor strikes a dangerous bargain, but even he might not be able to keep the city from getting caught in the crossfire. While he finds himself caught in a web of old feuds and high-tech schemes, his new companion Sam finds just how deadly travelling with the Doctor can be.


  • The Doctor
    • Says that he's 1,012 years old, but prefers to count from when he last regenerated; Three.
    • The Doctor left Sam for a year and went and had adventures while Sam was at a rally.
    • Gets blood fasted with Joanna Harris.
  • Sam Jones
    • Is 17 years old.
    • Has very short blond hair and looks a bit butch.
    • Her parents were children of the 1960s and in her opinion her only methods of acting out could have been to become a major drug addict or join the Conservative Party. (Though not revealed here, another version of Sam did become a drug addict.)
    • Gets bit and fed on by Weird Harold.
  • Carolyn McConnell
    • Meets the Doctor and Sam in 1976 and then again in 1997 when she send him a hypercube.
    • When she first sees the Doctor and Sam is quite possibly interested in both of them.
  • Joanna Harris
    • Born in Canterbury the day William the Conqueror died, which would make her around 900.
    • Is a Vampire
  • Brigadier-General Adrienne Kramer
  • Weird Harold
    • A Vampire
    • Bites and feeds on Sam
  • James Court
    • Carolyn's's boyfriend.
  • Abner
  • Slake
  • Jasper and Stewart
    • Are the TARDIS's pet bats
    • Are adorable


  • The Doctor gives Carolyn a Hypercube to contact him with, he arrives and Sam arrive about a day too early.
  • This is the first appearance of the Doctor's Volkswagen Beetle, which gets parked in the console room.
  • Sam comments to the Doctor "Old enough to dodge Daleks, too young to go to a nightclub.".
  • Sam has an Altairian driver's licence. (a The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference)
  • The Doctor states: "I'm a Time Lord...From the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous." (page 101) Then further goes on "I'm a former President of the High Council of the Time Lords, Keeper of the Legacy of Rassilon, Defender of the Laws of Time and Protector of Gallifrey."
  • Gives Sam a jelly baby.


  • Joanna glimpses within the Doctor's mind; Metebelis, Androzani and Yemaya.
  • The Doctor once had a a half hour conversation with a pharmacist on Lacaille 8760 on lipids.
  • The Doctor mentions the giant mosquitoes of Atraxi 3.


  • The TARDIS is parked on the corner of Haight and Ashbury Streets in San Francisco.
  • The Doctor has a room in the TARDIS that has a hillside complete with sunshine and butterflies, included with the butterflies is a Flutterwing.
  • Sam's room in the TARDIS was last used by another teen aged companion, now it contains a Victorian writing desk, an ergonomic chair from the mid 2050s, a mammoth wardrobe with children's coloured stickers and peeling paint, a 14th century Persian rug, and a 4 poster bed.


  • UNIT only operates a small division within the United States.
  • SETSO or Survivors of Extra-Terrestrial/Supernatural Occurrences have a program for counselling services.
  • UNIT or at least General Kramer's UNIT in the US doesn't know of the Eighth Doctor yet.


  • Great Vampires created the vampires on Earth.
  • Vampires have motivation problems, conversion doesn't occur after a bite, you have to exchange blood.
  • The V Factor the gene which makes vampires, vampires.
  • There are 14 vampires in a coven (one more than a Time Lord's life).


  • The character space that Carolyn McConnell inhabits was originally written for the character Grace Holloway (from Doctor Who (1996)), however clearance couldn't be sought to use the character. The first chapter of an early draft with Grace was published in the charity anthology Perfect Timing.
  • There are a variety of references to Time Rift a fan made film that Jonathan Blum appeared in (as the Seventh Doctor).


External Links

BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures
Previous Release:
The Eight Doctors
Next Release:
The Bodysnatchers

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