Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
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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.
The characters listed below are the series regulars, important recurring characters, and real life historical characters. If a character's appearance is a major spoiler, then their details will be hidden in spoiler tags. In general, recurring characters are not listed here on their first appearance unless they become a series regular during the story, or they are a real life historical character.
Sam Jones is a teenaged schoolgirl from London 1997 who joined the Doctor in The Eight Doctors (BBC Eighth Doctor novels). 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 (Classic Series Season 18). He also faced them in Goth Opera (Virgin Missing Adventures novel) and Blood Harvest (Virgin New Adventures novel).
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 (Classic Series Season 6), and the Third Doctor became scientific advisor to UNIT in Spearhead From Space (Classic Series Season 7). The Doctor has worked with UNIT on numerous occasions since then.
The following stories and other resources are not necessary in order to follow the plot (we've summed up the essential bits for you). But being familiar with them will probably enhance your enjoyment of this story.
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 (Classic Series Season 18).
The fourth and eighth Doctors defeated the vampire Zarn and his followers in The Eight Doctors (BBC Eighth Doctor novel).
The fifth Doctor defeated a group of vampires in Goth Opera (Virgin Missing Adventures novel) and the seventh Doctor defeated some more in Blood Harvest (Virgin Missing Adventures novel). However, these encounters are not directly referred to in Vampire Science.