a real world point of view
|Interference - Book One (Shock Tactic)|
|Featuring:||Third Doctor, Sarah Jane|
|Main enemy:||Faction Paradox, The Remote|
|Main setting:||London, August, 1996; Saudi Arabia, August, 1996; Anathema, August, 1996; Dust|
|Cover by:||Black Sheep|
|Release date:||August, 1999|
|Format:||Paperback Book, 309 Pages|
|BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures|
|Autumn Mist||Interference - Book Two|
Interference - Book One (Shock Tactic) was the twenty-fifth BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures. It was written by Lawrence Miles. It featured the Eighth Doctor, Samantha Jones and Fitz Kreiner. It also featured the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith. This novel and the novel that follows it, Interference - Book Two, are the only two-part novels ever published as part of a Doctor Who novel range. This novel builds and explores Faction Paradox, introduced in Alien Bodies.
This novel is split into two distinct, though linked stories: "What Happened on Earth" and "What Happened on Dust". Sarah Jane Smith appears in both of these, with the "Dust" section occurring during the Third Doctor's time and "Earth" occurring during the Eighth Doctor's time.
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
to be added
What Happened on Dust
to be added
What Happened on Earth
- Eighth Doctor
- Samantha Jones
- Fitz Kreiner
- Sarah Jane Smith
- I.M. Foreman
- Alan Llewis
- Lost Boy
What Happened on Dust
- In the UN's building in Geneva Fitz finds a book with UNISYC seals called Theoretical Monsters: A Credibility Test. He reckons the Xxxxxxxxxlanthi and Kalekani are not real.
- It lists:
Books from the real world
- The character of the Devil in The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov was based on the Doctor (in his third incarnation or earlier).
- At one point Kode tells Compassion to "Spack off". 
- I.M. Foreman has recently read The Lord of the Rings.
- The Eighth Doctor spends a great deal of time in a cell somewhere, being tortured for no actual reason.
- The Doctor tells Badar about his imprisonment on Ha'olam. He also tells Badar his name. It's very long.
The Doctor's items
- UNIT uses the space-time telegraph to contact the Doctor. It 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." 
- The Doctor left the space-time telegraph with the UN in the 1970s or the 1980s.
Energy and radiation
- K9 can detect artron energy.
Exhibitions and conventions
- COPEX has been running since at least 1992. It is an arms fair.
- Sarah Jane Smith masquerades as "Sarah Bland", working for International Procurement Services to get into COPEX.
Foods and beverages
- The Third Doctor gets hot coffee thrown in his face by Magdelana Bishop.
- The order that IM Foreman was a part of devolved into the monk the Doctor knew on the hillside on Gallifrey.
- I.M. Foreman operates I.M. Foreman's One-Species Nongenetically Engineered Travelling Show.
- Bowships are described/seen by Sam. They have "huge spikes fitted to the prows of the ships, glittering gold in the light from the nearest stars."
- 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 is just an intricate code series. 
- 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."
- According to the Doctor the order of American presidents so far is: Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Dering, Springsteen, Norris...
- The order of who was/is British prime minister is: Heath, Thorpe, Williams, Thatcher, Major, Blair, Clarke... Major.
- Sam Jones is twenty-two years old.
- Fitz Kreiner is twenty-nine years old when he arrives on Earth with the Doctor and Sam. He goes from 1996 to 2593 in the Cold. In 2593 he celebrates his 626th birthday.
- Sarah is using the alias "Sarah Bland".
- It has been two years since Kode was remembered.
- Badar is a journalist who was locked up. With the Doctor he discusses the Doctor's travels and they build a world of ideas that he can retreat into, to escape the torture he endures. On 20 August 1996 he is executed.
- Whilst on Dust, Sarah experiences some flash-forwards of her possible future.
- Magdelana Bishop is the assigned defender of the township on Dust.
- Father Kreiner has the heads of several Time Lords on his walls, including the Master and the Rani (though one of them is the head of a clone).
- Fitz has an apartment in Augustine City on Ordifica.
- The Eleven-Day Empire is the Faction Paradox's home base.
- The Remote's home is called Anathema.
- There are Ghanaians, Iranians, Saudi Arabians, Indonesians, Russian Mafia and British at COPEX.
- Lewis knows about "black" technology that C19 has.
- UNISYC is 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.
- Guest fronts the Remote's contingent to Earth to sell the Cold.
- Dust and Quiescia are on opposite sides of the Mutter's Spiral.
- Ordifica is the planet on which Fitz is brought out of the Cold.
- The Ogron home planet is located at coordinates 0110011 by C2.
- Sarah and the Doctor have just left Quiescia when they arrive on Dust. Before that they were on Peladon. They're heading back to Earth at Sarah's request.
- 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." 
- Guest, Compassion and Kode use Ogrons for security.
- Sam has encountered Ogrons before.
- Sarah screams when the TARDIS starts to bleed on Dust.
- 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."
- 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."
- Sam uses binoculars (given to her by the Doctor) made in the Filipino Protectorate in 4993. The binoculars have lip-reading software on them.
- K9's database is currently 20 googolbytes big.
- Compassion puts a receiver in/on Sam to expose her to the transmissions.
- Sarah's memories of the events on Dust are somewhat blurry.
- Sarah's Land Rover has a computer system powered by I2 technology.
- K9 can drive Sarah's Land Rover.
- Kode pretends to drive the self-driving cars.
- 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. 
- This is the first novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures line to use the blue Doctor Who logo on its cover and spine. Before this it was a silver logo.
- Faction Paradox first appeared in PROSE: Alien Bodies.
- Sam was put through the emotional and temporal wringer in PROSE: Unnatural History. That was a couple of months ago for Sam.
- At the end of PROSE: 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 PROSE: Interference - Book Two.
- The space time telegraph was first mentioned in TV: Revenge of the Cybermen.
- Lewis mentions the events of TV: 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 them as an escape route. This is some of the plot to PROSE: Dead Romance.
- Sam's bad drug experience appears here. It was first mentioned in PROSE: Longest Day.
- Fitz recalls his indoctrination by the Chinese in PROSE: Revolution Man.
- The Festival of Ghana is a reference to TV: The Chase.
- I2 appeared in PROSE: System Shock.
- Detailed synopsis of Interference - Book One at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Interference - Book One at The Whoniverse
- ↑ Interference - Book One, page 66
- ↑ Interference - Book One, page 29
- ↑ Interference - Book One, page 214
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Interference - Book One, page 232
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Interference - Book One, page 141
- ↑ The alias "Bland" is a reference to Robin Bland, the pseudonym Robert Holmes created for his rewrite of Terrance Dicks' script for The Brain of Morbius.
- ↑ Interference - Book One, page 45-46
- ↑ Interference - Book One, page 173
- ↑ Interference - Book One, page 107
- ↑ Ask Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum - The Doctor Who Forum at Outpost Gallifrey (Page 2) (ezyboard membership required)