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Vampire Science
Vampire science cover
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Sam
Main enemy: Vampires
Main setting: San Francisco, 1976 and 1997
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books
Writer: Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum
Cover by: Black Sheep
Release details
Release number: 2
Release date: 7 July 1997
Format: Paperback Book; 21 Chapters, 283 Pages
ISBN 0-563-40566-X
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Vampire Science was the second release in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum. While the previous novel had introduced Samantha Jones, this novel was the first to explore and flesh out the major details of her character, back story and motivations.

Publisher's summary Edit

In the days when the Time Lords were young, their war with the Vampires cost trillions of lives on countless worlds. Now the Vampires have been sighted again, in San Francisco. Some want to coexist with humans, using genetic engineering in a macabre experiment to find a new source of blood. But some would rather go out in a blaze of glory - and UNIT's attempts to contain them could provoke another devastating war.

The Doctor strikes a dangerous bargain, but even he might not be able to keep the city from getting caught in the crossfire. While he finds himself caught in a web of old feuds and high-tech schemes, his new companion Sam finds just how deadly travelling with the Doctor can be.

Chapter Titles Edit

  1. Something Wonderful, Something Horrible
  2. Vampires Are Real
  3. Now You See Me
  4. House Call
  5. Stake-Out
  6. Fear of Falling
  7. Slake
  8. Bloodfasting
  9. Hurt/Chocolate
  10. Twice Shy
  11. Crossing Over
  12. Raising the Stakes
  13. Undeath Wish
  14. Amoral of the Story
  15. Over the Edge
  16. Blood War
  17. All Right on the Night
  18. Reality Bite
  19. Matter of Death and Life
  20. Getting A Life
  • Epilogue

Plot Edit

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Characters Edit

References Edit

Biology Edit

Communications technology Edit

  • The Doctor gives Carolyn a hypercube to contact him. Sam and he arrive three days early.

Culture Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • The Doctor says that he's 1,012 years old, but prefers to count from when he last regenerated, which makes him three. He later admits that he's not really sure how old he really is and may have lost count.
  • The Doctor left Sam at a Greenpeace rally and spent 3 years having adventures.
  • The Doctor states, "I'm a Time Lord...From the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous." Then he further goes on, "I'm a former President of the High Council of the Time Lords, Keeper of the Legacy of Rassilon, Defender of the Laws of Time and Protector of Gallifrey."
  • General Kramer describes the Seventh Doctor as "a manipulative little weirdo who was always up to something behind [her] back."

Foods and beverages Edit

Individuals Edit

Planets Edit


  • The TARDIS is parked on the corner of Haight and Ashbury Streets in San Francisco.
  • The Doctor has a room in the TARDIS that has a hillside complete with sunshine and butterflies; included with the butterflies is a Flutterwing.
  • Sam's room in the TARDIS was last used by another teen aged companion. Now it contains a Victorian writing desk, an ergonomic chair from the mid 2050s, a mammoth wardrobe with children's coloured stickers and peeling paint, a 14th century Persian rug, and a 4 poster bed.
  • There are two bats inside the TARDIS, Jasper and Stewart.

United Nations Intelligence Taskforce Edit

Vampires Edit

  • Great Vampires created the vampires on Earth.
  • Vampires have motivation problems; conversion doesn't occur after a bite, you have to exchange blood.
  • The V Factor is the gene which makes vampires, vampires.
  • There are 14 vampires in a coven (one more than a Time Lord's life).

Vehicles Edit

Notes Edit

  • The character space that Carolyn McConnell inhabits was originally written for the character Grace Holloway (from the Doctor Who television movie), but clearance couldn't be sought to use the character. The first chapter of an early draft with Grace was published in the charity anthology Perfect Timing.
  • There are a variety of references to Time Rift, a fan made film that Jonathan Blum appeared in (as the Seventh Doctor).
  • In the 2010 series episode The Eleventh Hour, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory encounter a race of space police, called the Atraxi, who travel in crystalline ships. As to whether they and the planet Atraxi 3 are related remains to be answered.

Continuity Edit

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