Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

Vampire Science

This is the second novel in the BBC's Eighth Doctor Adventures series.

Where does this fit?

There is a gap between the previous novel in the series (The Eight Doctors) and this one, and the Doctor spent three years travelling on his own without his current companion.

Other Guides to this Story


The eighth Doctor has byronesque hair and tends to wear velvet coats. He is childlike and has a sense of wonder about him.


Sam Jones is a teenaged schoolgirl from London 1997 who joined the Doctor in The Eight Doctors. She is a do-gooder with a heavy interest in groups like Greenpeace and Amnesty. She has blonde hair.

Recurring and Historical Characters

Vampires are powerful beings that feed on the blood of other species. The Time Lords fought them in the days of Rassilon and thought that they had destroyed them all. However, the fourth Doctor encountered and destroyed some survivors in State of Decay. He also faced them in Goth Opera and Blood Harvest.

The United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (UNIT) is an international organisation formed to combat alien invasions and the like. Its members are mostly soldiers from the countries in which they operate. We first saw UNIT in The Invasion and the Third Doctor became scientific advisor to UNIT in Spearhead From Space. The Doctor has worked with UNIT on numerous occasions since then.

General Kramer's previous adventure with the Seventh Doctor and Ace happened in the fan-produced video Time Rift.

The Doctor defeated The Great Vampire in State of Decay.

The fourth and eighth Doctors defeated the vampire Zarn and his followers in The Eight Doctors,

The fifth Doctor defeated a group of vampires in Goth Opera and the seventh Doctor defeated some more in Blood Harvest. However, these encounters are not directly referred to in Vampire Science.


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