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The Taint was the nineteenth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Michael Collier, released 1 February 1999 and featured the Eighth Doctor, Sam Jones and introduced Fitz Kreiner.

Publisher's summary Edit

The TARDIS has finally brought the Doctor and Sam back to Earth — and straight into danger.

It is 1963. Six very different people have been gathered together for study by parapsychologist Charles Roley in his stately home outside London. All of them claim to have been possessed by the devil, and all have shared similar delusions — they describe the same bizarre "death cave" riddled with demons.

Roley's experiments are having a gradual yet terrifying effect on his subjects, and the Doctor and Sam discover the connections between those tainted with the madness are more disturbing than anyone could guess.

For the Doctor, too, has seen the cave they describe — on a dead world, billions of years ago.

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Botany Edit

  • The Doctor meets Fitz while buying a dying begonia, tries to haggle for a lower price and eventually succeeds.

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Individuals Edit

  • After regaining consciousness, Sam considers asking, "Anyone get the number of that Dalek?"
  • Fitz pretends to be French until he's called out by the Doctor.
  • The Doctor inadvertently introduces himself to Rowley as 'Doctor Doctor', prompting Sam to comment on the humorous irony and the Doctor to feign embarrassment as he explains that's why he prefers to be known only as 'Doctor'.
  • Fitz plays guitar at Molly's.

Notes Edit

  • The First page of the book of the title is Doctor Who and the Taint instead of just The Taint.

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