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Doctor Who: Vampire Science by Kate Orman

Doctor Who: Vampire Science (edition 1997)

by Kate Orman

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Title:Doctor Who: Vampire Science
Authors:Kate Orman
Info:BBC Books (1997), Paperback
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Tags:doctor who, eighth doctor, fiction, novel, science fiction

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Vampire Science by Jonathan Blum



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I winced at first at the depiction of California vampires, so familiar from Buffy, who actually gets referenced (presumably meaning the Kirsty Swanson film rather than the TV series which started only a few weeks before the book was published in 1997). But actually the book takes the vampire mythology in a couple of interesting directions, one of which (the vampire nest squabbling about strategy) was later followed by Buffy, but others (the vampire intellectual researching what makes them vampires, the possibility of turning in reverse) which were new to me. With all of this, the book doesn't particularly tie into the vampire lore of the Whoniverse (ie Terrance Dicks' State of Decay and Blood Harvest, and Paul Cornell's Goth Opera). I also expected a bit more to be made of the San Francisco setting, given its relevance to the Eighth Doctor's only on-screen appearance (according to the lore, Grace Holloway was originally intended to be in the book but they couldn't get clearance). The book does however do quite a lot for the development of the Eighth Doctor as a character - he gives the vampires several chances for redemption - and his relationship with Sam (presented here as a companion of long standing rather than someone who tagged along at the end of the last book). There's also some intriguing continuity with a Jonathan Blum story which apparently brought the Seventh Doctor into contact with the US branch of UNIT. ( )
  nwhyte | Jan 23, 2010 |
This is one of the best introductions to the Eighth Doctor Sam Jones relationship, it neatly introduces both characters. Especially establishing Sam Jones beyond the one dimension shown in previous novel The Eight Doctors.
Written around the time (or slightly before) Buffy the Vampire Slayer it has a similar 'mood' to it, a modern setting for vampires but with Doctor Who's own brand of mythology present.
Blum and Orman really flesh out who the Eighth Doctor is, what he stands for and how he reacts when facing the vampires.
A really good read and a really good introduction to the Eighth Doctor Adventures novel line and Doctor Who as a whole. I'd highly recommend this over The Eight Doctors as a first BBC Eighth Doctor novel. ( )
  tangerinealert | Jan 13, 2008 |
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