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Doctor Who: Vampire Science (Eighth Doctor Adventures #2)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  332 ratings  ·  39 reviews
San Francisco, 1997.
The Doctor and Sam have come to the Golden Gate City to root out a coven of bloodthirsty vampires. But as the Doctor desperately attempts to establish a non-hostile truce with the leader of the undead, a dangerous faction within the coven and the American chapter of UNIT are gearing up for all-out war...

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Published March 6th 2010 by Heroic Efforts Productions (first published July 7th 1998)
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Skipping through this quite merrily, more of a ticking off of various tropes rather than the full-baked crazy of later doors EDAs, but this is only the second one and they've got to do SOMETHING after the Eight Doctors throws Sam in the TARDIS and runs away laughing.

- Doctor described as having 'elven features'!
- Vamps are as of yet the sort of vamps who appear in the background of the Bronze. Maybe they will get a bit more Great Old Ones towards the end? Doc Who books have a GREAT h
Night and day. Not only is it an appropriate expression for a book about vampires, but it is the perfect description of the difference between Terrance Dick's skill and that of Kate Orman and her husband Jonathan Blum. It was quite refreshing to see that the BBC could hire not simply decent, but *good* authors.

The story isn't perfect, and I think it was very awkward for these authors to come so close, then shy away from, making the vampire's bite into an analogy of rape. Perhaps, given the BBC-a
The 2nd book in the EDA series is a marked improvement over the first. I mean, sure, The Eight Doctors wasn't really a hard mark to shoot over but even when viewed on its own, this ss an okay book. It would have benefited from being a bit shorter (say 250 instead 300 pages) because around the middle the plot begins to sag a bit and a shorter word count would have meant a tighter plot, more dynamic. But the Doctor is spot on and the companion is coming up nicely and the vampires are - well, they' ...more
I'm reading the eighth Doctor's series of books in order this is the third (counting the novelize version of the movie) and because of the word "vampire" in the title I stalled my reading of this series for months. I'm not attracted to the vampire lore to say I never was would be a lie, I read plenty of books within the genre when I was in my early twenties, but now almost two decades later I'm passed that genre. I was surprised how much I liked this book, the vampire mythology is well thought o ...more
2.5 stars

In 1976 a young med student named Carolyn meets the eight Doctor and his teenage companion Sam, while they're trying to stop Eva, a vampire, from killing a young woman. Having never realised that there was such a thing as vampires, time travel or exciting individuals like the Time Lord and his companion, Carolyn's word is forever altered, but despite an unspoken invitation to join the Doctor on his continued adventures, Carolyn chooses to take the injured woman to the ER and worry about
Though it was enjoyable than the first book, Sam is getting more and more like Rose. Which makes her little more than a plot device in my book.

Where it fails with Sam, it more than makes up for it with the vivid descriptions of the world and the other characters. There is the usual moral dilemma and it's predictable outcome.

I get that these are geared at children but after telling tales of wilful genocide and senseless killings. Why are we then treated to such a convienient ending. This seems
Matthew Chambers
This book is superb, I mean it truly a beautiful piece of work! It was funny, exciting scary, heart breaking all in one book!

Sam as a companion comes into her own in this book, we get a proper look into the dark litery world of doctor who that younger fans might have missed in the days of the new adventures.

The 8th doctor has such flare in this story, the vampires are so well done in this. The only draw back was the how the final confrontation was resolved - no spoilers ;)

David Sarkies
Sep 26, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love Doctor Who and Vampires
Recommended to David by: My friend Paul
Shelves: sci-fi
Another Doctor Who book about vampires
29 January 2012

This was one of the new, BBC, series that was published after Virgin lost the rights to publishing the new Doctor Who Adventures. These books aren't as distinct as the previous series, in that it can be difficult determining which books involved the eighth doctor and which ones deal with his earlier incarnations (though the back cover does identify which Doctor the book is about). Also there does not seem to be a specific time line which thes
Only the second book I've read featuring the Eighth Doctor (the first one was The Eight Doctors) and boy was I not disappointed!

It was a lot darker than the current crop of nu-Who stories. Well, when it comes to vampires I suppose it can't help but be dark (unless it's "Twilight").

Set in San Francisco (the birth of the eighth doctor, incidentally), we first find ourselves in the 1970s and meet Carolyn, a young woman with a bright future ahead of her. That's until she meets a vampire, and then th
Christopher Buchanan
I've often felt that vampires don't really fit in the Doctor Who universe but this story pulled it off very well. They played around with the vampire mythos and worked it well without making it sound too weird or stretched. I particularly like the way the 8th Doctor was portrayed as a frenetic and childish genius. The little bits where he's making breakfast and burning the toast and sewing on buttons and such were really neat. Kind of gives a special insight into how his mind works. Sam's charac ...more
"What do you want me to be? Someone who knows exactly what he's doing and has it all under control or just some fellow who makes it up as he goes along, and still makes it happen?"

Ce qui est intéressant dans ces bouquins, c'est qu'ils peuvent se permettre d'être beaucoup plus crades que ne le peut la série. Ils pourront être violents, sanglants, malsains...déstabilisants. Sûr, le Docteur qui se la joue junkie dans un sous-sol miteux avec la seringue dans le bras, on le verra rarement à la télé.
Jacob Webb
Ok, here goes.

First of the true EDAs this had some big shoes to fill (The Dying Days) and some tiny shoes to set light to and bury in the woods at midnight (The Eight Doctors). It’s also my first introduction to Sam Jones, the oft-maligned first companion of the Eighth Doctor era.

So how did it fare?

It did good.

It’s a story in three parts (or ‘bites’), and, unlike some stories that I’ve read which divide themselves thus, this one really does fit that structure. The first Bite was my least favori
Nicholas Whyte

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 int
With this introduction to the Sam-and-Eight dynamic...
She was a young blonde with unbelievably short hair and a wiry, athletic body. Unapologetically butch. She was at least a couple of years younger than Carolyn---nineteen, at the very most---but her face was already disconcertingly hard to read.


'You here by yourself?' she asked Sam.

'Nah, I'm with him,' she said, pointing over to the bar, where a long-haired guy who looked like Oscar Wilde was collecting their drinks. The guy was dressed fla
I'm not generally into vampires, but this first adventure with Eight and Sam was pretty good. I liked Brigadier Bambera (who I have yet to meet in her adventures with Seven) and adored the scene with the kittens. Should have twigged to the identity of the leader of the vampires much sooner than I did! Enjoyed the final confrontation but am sad about the lone final vampire left. :(
Eric Long
This is the weakest book in the eighth Doctor series that I've read so far. Just an overall poor job, with weak characters, lousy and pedantic moralism, and not a terrible exciting story. :-/ And I was excited for this one too. What really irks me is how cliché he make vampires into thoughtless and bratty villains.
Abby Eichstedt
I think this is my favorite 8th Doctor book so far. It was creative, although I would have preferred another location other than San Francisco. All the character were interesting, not just the Doctor (who is always interesting ;)).

I would love to see more of this American faction of UNIT, that would be a fun spin-off.
Wow! A really wonderful vampire story, and a book that perfectly sets up the Eighth Doctor's character for the rest of the novel series.

The plot is completely standalone, and would be enjoyable even for someone who doesn't know the first thing about Doctor Who. It's funny, scary and touching, with complex characters and exactly the kind of lush gothic horror atmosphere you'd expect in a vampire novel. At the same time, it's also modern and self-aware, and has just the right amount of camp. Real
I decided to skip the first Eighth Doctor Adventure book (the Eight Doctors) and went straight into this one and boy I am glad I did.

Vampire Science is a whole lot of fun, like its The Doctor and his young companion Sam Jones in San Francisco taking on vampires and in the case of The Doctor being covered in kittens way too many times for it not to be completely and utterly adorable.

This series of books aren't part of the official canon though I believe in the Big Finish audios The Doctor refers
Really good! A huge step-up from "The Eight Doctors", and an interesting morality tale. It's also possibly the first vampire story I've ever enjoyed.
As a Doctor Who novel this book does very well; it's well constructed, has a nice feel and is quite exciting: As a vampire novel read by someone who's as addicted to the genre as I am though it doesn't rate very highly. The genre of the modern day vampire is an already over saturated subject in today's popular fiction. It's very hard for a vampire novel to avoid the motifs that have been explored time and time again over the last thirty years. Try reading Mick Farren's Time of the Feasting for i ...more
Auden Granger
My absolute favorite Eighth Doctor story so far. (kiTTENS)
Daniel Kukwa
Two authors set out to write the definitive mission statement of the Paul McGann incarnation of the Doctor...and succeed beyond everyone's expectations. "Vampire Science" is brilliant on all levels: it's a funny, outrageous, poignant novel, full of nail-biting moments, and passages that will leave you sighing with contentment. Skip the disappointing "official" start of the BBC 8th Doctor line (that would be the utterly forgettable "The Eight Doctors") and make THIS book won't be disappo ...more
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Tatiana Pescio
Siento que pongo muchas 5 estrellas, pero es que de verdad disfruté mucho el libro! xD más encima lo leí con el audio... y salió la canción de doomsday en una escena dramática y morí. Y había gatitos.
A nice little early Eighth Doctor/Sam piece. Nice vampire pop culture references, including a vamp dreaming of turning Anne Rice and a cat called Mina. Jumps right into the action but a lot of nice little character pieces show how the Doctor is seen: by his adversaries, by his friends, by the people who's lives he jumps into and by the people who have to clean up the mess he leaves in his wake.
Bobbi Piles
This is a neat, creative story that puts the Doctor against vampires in 1990s San Francisco. His companion, Sam, is the same type of young, cool, tough girl that Ace was on television. They use both physical weapons and brainpower to diminish the threat. I enjoyed reading this but think there are parts that weren't needed or could have been reduced.
Yup, good book. I am hesitant to touch any books about vampires now because they all seem to be rather Twilight-esque, but all to have this opinion - 'Vampire Science' was written before Twilight folks! I found Carolyn a bit irritating, but that's only a little complaint. The plot was very good and on the whole I enjoyed it hugely.
'Yes, I'm not human, and yes, that was a vampire, and yes, you really have wandered into an ancient feud between my people and theirs, and now you can either stay here and tell people stories they'll never believe, or come with us and help us stop her from killing people. "( I thought the vampire squirrels were rather silly)
Michael Taylor
It was an alright book, but I cringed with the appearance of the vampire squirrels in the last few pages of the book. This reminded me of the appearance of the killer penguins in the 2nd Michael Keaton Batman movie. I'm not fond of vampire stories, but I enjoyed the use of the 8th Doctor here.
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Jonathan Blum is the author of several Doctor Who novels and Big Finish audios. He currently lives in Australia with his wife Kate Orman.
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