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Spore (short story)

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Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Evelyn Chan
Main enemy: Von Neumann seeding probe
Main setting: Fort Casey, Nevada
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Publisher: Puffin Books
Writer: Alex Scarrow
Read by: Nicholas Pegg
Release details
Release date: 23 August 2013
Format: E-book
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Spore was the eighth Puffin eshort released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

Publisher's summary Edit

In a small town in the Nevada desert, an alien pathogen has reduced the entire population to a seething mass of black slime. When the Eighth Doctor arrives, he realises this latest threat to humanity is horrifyingly familiar — it is a virus which almost annihilated his entire race, the Time Lords...

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References Edit

  • A grocery store has a pink, neon Budweiser beer sign above its door.
  • The pathogen arrived on Gallifrey more than a thousand years before the Doctor was born, killing several hundred Time Lords.
  • The Doctor shines his torch on a Chevrolet and a Honda.
  • The pathogen/spore is a von Neumann seeding probe, named after John von Neumann who theorised the probe's possibility.

Notes Edit

  • This is the first eShort to feature a new companion.
  • An audiobook of the story was read by Nicholas Pegg.
  • The Doctor calls UNIT the "Unified Intelligence Taskforce" rather than the "United Nations Intelligence Taskforce," a name change that only started with the revived series in 2005.

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