Interference - Book One (Shock Tactic) was the twenty-fifth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Lawrence Miles, released 2 August 1999 and featured the Eighth Doctor, Sam 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.

Publisher's summary Edit

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.

Plot Edit

What Happened on Earth Edit

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What Happened on Dust Edit

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Characters Edit

What Happened on Earth Edit

What Happened on Dust Edit

References Edit

Books Edit

It lists:

Books from the real world Edit

Cults Edit

Culture Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • The Doctor tells Badar about his imprisonment on Ha'olam.

The Doctor's items Edit

Energy and radiation Edit

Exhibitions and conventions Edit

Foods and beverages Edit

  • The Third Doctor gets hot coffee thrown in his face by Magdelana Bishop.

Gallifrey Edit

Gallifreyan technology Edit

  • 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."

Human politicians Edit

Individuals Edit

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).

Locations Edit

Organisations Edit

Planets Edit

  • 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.

Species Edit

  • 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.

Technology Edit

  • 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.
  • Sam uses binoculars (given to her by the Doctor) made in the Filipino Protectorate in 4993. The binoculars have lip-reading software on them.

Vehicles Edit

Notes Edit

  • 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. [1]
  • 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.
  • Sarah is using the alias "Sarah Bland".[2]

Continuity Edit

External links Edit

Footnotes Edit

  1. Ask Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum - The Doctor Who Forum at Outpost Gallifrey (Page 2) (ezyboard membership required)
  2. 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.