Vampires were mythical creatures that were feared for their dependence on sucking the blood of other beings to survive. A wide variety of other lifeforms shared traits with these creatures and either inspired or made use of the legends.
The Doctor's TARDIS had records of vampire legends on at least seventeen planets, particularly Earth, but myths of vampires existed on almost every civilised world. Common traits were that they drank blood, could turn others into vampires, feared sunlight, had no reflections, feared crosses, couldn't cross running water and could only be killed by a stake to the heart or beheading. They could supposedly only enter a room or house upon being invited, which was why they were so charming. (TV: State of Decay, The Vampires of Venice, PROSE: Goth Opera, AUDIO: Son of the Dragon, WC: Monster Files: Vampires) Vlad III was thought by the people of Wallachia to be a monster, which lead to a popular fictional representation of him. (AUDIO: Son of the Dragon)
Vampires were represented differently across various cultures. Chinese vampires had long fingernails. (PROSE: The Shadow of Weng-Chiang) In a 1992 survey, the thing that frightened Russians the most was vampires, specifically ones that lived on life energy. (PROSE: The Left-Handed Hummingbird)
Vampire-like creatures Edit
Vlad III the Impaler inspired the fictional vampire Dracula. Bram Stoker, who wrote the novel Dracula, was said to be inspired by a Haemovore (PROSE: The Curse of Fenric) or his own wife Florence Stoker (COMIC: Bat Attack!).
The Foretold leeched energy on a cellular level from its victims, causing heart attacks as a side-effect. According to Perkins, the Foretold was "not just a mummy, but a vampire as well, metaphorically speaking." (TV: Mummy on the Orient Express)