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Doctor Who: The Taint

(Eighth Doctor Adventures #19)

3.14  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The Tardis lands in 1963, and soon the Doctor and Sam become involved in the psychological experiments being performed by Charles Roley on former sufferers of mental illness -- he is probing the psyches of six people who believed they've been possessed by the devil.While the Doctor is horrified to learn the full extent of the side-effects brought into being by Roley's rese ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1st, 284 pages
Published February 1999 by BBC Worldwide Publishing
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Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The early EDAs can sometimes be a struggle with the Doctor and Sam constantly being separated storylines. So finally it’s refreshing that the TARDIS has got a new companion.
Fitz Kreiner a British born to German parents is such a great character!

Even though it’s not the first time that Sam has been to Earths past, with this story being set in 1963 it’s close enough for her to be disoriented.
I practically liked the exchange with Fitz about records and cassettes.

The Doctor meanwhile is trying to fo
Daniel Kukwa
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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One of the best companion-introduction stories ever. Fitz makes an immediate impression, the historical setting is evocative without being cliched, Sam is more than the cardboard-cutout human being she usually is in the early 8th Doctor novels, and Paul McGann's incarnation take a dark, foreboding turn that adds the final spark to this gorgeous novel.
Shane Mackenzie
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Taint was among the first of my Doctor Who novels to have read. I was truly spoiled in that stretch of time. The Taint, read subsequently to "The Festival of Death" (one of my favourites) and did not disappoint. I had yet to see the eighth Doctor movie and created my own image of his character through this story. His interactions with Fitz illuminated this particularly. This story emphasized a single setting and an unforgettable cast of characters, most of which were gloriously crafted insan ...more
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Once I finally got past the opening scene in the garden, which was rather dull, I could hardly put it down. The individual character narratives got a bit boring sometimes, but they were never too long. Altogether, a very well-paced story with lots of fun plot twists--even if the technobabble strained credulity at times.
The Doctor and Sam were portrayed well, and the new character, Fitz, is very interesting (but I don't like him). The Doctor has some hilariously fantastic lines, and Sam isn't wi
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
I liked Fitz and Sam, but this was otherwise disappointing. Way too many boring scenes with the villains, and the whole thing just seemed to go on too long. I hear other EDAs featuring Fitz are pretty good though, so I will press on.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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Important for the introduction of Fitz, but I really didn't enjoy the depiction of the insane/mentally ill people. I realize it was the alien parasites that were making them murderous and creepy, but...I still didn't enjoy it. Sam was pretty great, though.
John Reed
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
standard horror episode. Story a 3/5 but bumped to a 4 for introducing Fitz. Interesting way to introduce the new companion Fitz, he doesn't seem like the kind of person the Doctor would want in the Tardis, with his drinking and drug use, so should be interesting to see the dynamic change now.
James Barnard
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
The old saying about mighty oaks growing from little acorns rings true here. This wasn’t a particularly popular book at the time it was published, and the range itself wasn’t felt to be much of a substitute for the TV series or the New Adventures series it replaced. ‘The Taint’ would have been a breath of fresh air – a return to Earth after too many books set on other planets, and a new companion to add to the mix – if it had been a bit more lively in tone. As it was, this passed by almost unnot ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it did not like it
I seriously considered giving this book one star, but in the end my love for Sam, Fitz and the Doctor afforded it two. Honestly, I'm pretty easy to please as far as books go but there is very, very little that is good about this book. Fitz is charming (when he's not being a misogynistic idiot), Sam is lovely (when she's not spewing ableist nonsense) and the Doctor is as Doctor-ish as ever. However, all of the minor characters are some combination of irritating, petty, two-dimensional, racist, ab ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Apr 08, 2009 rated it liked it

Nineteen adventures into the Eighth Doctor series, and he finally gets a new companion in the shape of Fitz Kreiner (I have seen a claim somewhere that there are more stories with Fitz than for any other companion), picked up on a visit to 1963 in which his mother is killed by the gruesomely horrible Taine, leech-like internal parasites feeding on brainwaves. The writing is decent enough; I was a bit startled by Fitz's unreconstructed early Sixties predato
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Doctor and Sam land in London, 1963, near a mental institution. All the inmates think they are the devil and dream of the same cave. They meet Fitz, whose mother is in the institution. This is a really good story, with some genuinely scary moments. It also introduces the new companion who truly is like a breath of fresh air for the range. A very good read.
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Ugggh. Meandering, with bad politics, and very gory towards the end. Can't say I wasn't warned. I can begin to see why people like Fitz though, and I'm pleased the TARDIS is now full of canon bisexuals.
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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An acceptable adventure. Notable mostly for the introduction of Fitz.
Nov 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Goodness - the stories are getting so dreadful - just trying to get through them! I know good ones are waiting - but where!?
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Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing the one, the only, Mr Fitz Kreiner!
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