Interference was a Doctor Who novel written by Lawrence Miles, published in two books: Shock Tactic and The Hour of the Geek. It featured the Eighth Doctor and Fitz Kreiner alongside the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith; it was also Sam Jones's final novel appearance and introduced Compassion. This novel builds and explores Faction Paradox, introduced in Alien Bodies. It was the only two-part novel ever published as part of a Doctor Who novel range, and it was Lawrence Miles' penultimate contribution to the BBC Books range.

This novel is split into two distinct-but-linked stories, "What Happened on Earth" and "What Happened on Dust". Sarah Jane Smith appears in both of these, with the "Dust" section occurring during the Third Doctor's time and "Earth" occurring during the Eighth Doctor's time.

Publisher's summary Edit

Shock Tactic Edit

Five years ago, Sam Jones was just a schoolgirl from Shoreditch. Of course, that was before she met up with the Doctor and found out that her entire life had been stage-managed by a time-travelling voodoo cult. Funny how things turn out, isn't it?

Now Sam's back in her own time, fighting the good fight in a world of political treachery, international subterfuge, and good old-fashioned depravity. But she's about to learn the first great truth of the universe: that however corrupt and amoral your own race might be, there's always someone in the galaxy who can make you look like a beginner.

Ms Jones has just become a minor player in a million-year-old power struggle... and as it happens, so has the Doctor.

Both of him, actually.

The Hour of the Geek Edit

They call it the Dead Frontier. It's as far from home as the human race ever went, the planet where mankind dumped the waste of its thousand-year empire and left its culture out in the sun to rot.

But while one Doctor faces both his past and his future on the Frontier, another finds himself on Earth in 1996, where the seeds of the empire are only just being sown. The past is meeting the present, cause is meeting effect, and the TARDIS crew is about to be caught in the crossfire.

The Third Doctor. The Eighth Doctor. Sam. Fitz. Sarah Jane Smith. Soon, one of them will be dead; one of them will belong to the enemy; and one of them will be something less than human...

Chapter titles Edit

Shock Tactic Edit

  • Foreman's World: Morning on the First Day
  • What Happened on Earth (Part One)
    • 1: Gibberish (introducing Mr Llewis and all his neuroses)
    • 2: One of the Good People (how Sam Jones got to be where she is today)
    • Travels with Fitz (I)
    • 3: A Day in the Life (18 August, somewhere a long way from London)
    • 4: Four Rooms (running around, getting captured, escaping, etc.)
    • Travels with Fitz (II)
    • 5: Unfortunate Episodes (Sam finally gets into television)
    • 6: Dog Out of a Machine (six characters in search of some exits)
    • Travels with Fitz (III)
    • 7: The Smith Report (getting to the bottom of things, the old‐fashioned way)
    • 8: Another Day in the Life (19 August, somewhere a long way from London)
    • Travels with Fitz (IV)
    • 9: Definitions (Sam learns a thing or two about the Remote, while Alan Llewis just gets the picture)
    • 10: Nowhere is Better than Here (at last, Anathema)
    • Travels with Fitz (V)
    • 11: One Girl and Her Ogron (the beginning of a beautiful friendship)
    • 12: Faster than the Speed of Dark (Ancient Gallifrey: The Mini‐series)
    • Travels with Fitz (VI)
    • 13: The Last Day in the Life (20 August somewhere a long way from London)
  • Foreman's world: Afternoon on the First Day
  • What Happened on Dust (Part One)
    • 1: Moving Target (it’s always High Noon somewhere in the universe)
    • 2: Explain Earlier (how times change)
    • 3: Patterns in the Dust (the Doctor takes coffee while history unfolds)
    • 4: The Show (Sarah Jane Smith is not amused)
    • 5: A Fistful of Meanwhiles (what everyone was doing just before the big fight started)
  • Foreman's World: Evening on the First Day

The Hour of the Geek Edit

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Plot Edit

What Happened on Earth Edit

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What Happened on Dust Edit

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Characters Edit

What Happened on Earth Edit

What Happened on Dust Edit

References Edit

Books Edit

Books from the real world Edit

Cults Edit

Culture Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • When the Doctor was younger some of his friends learnt the skill of internal chronometry.
  • The Eighth Doctor spends ten days trapped in Saudi Arabia.
  • The Third Doctor is shot by Magdelana Bishop with a shotgun and regenerates on Dust. In the process, not only is his history altered, but he is infected by Faction Paradox's biodata virus.

The Doctor's items Edit

Drugs and medicines Edit

  • Kode smokes cigarettes while on Earth but isn't quite sure why.

Energy and radiation Edit

Exhibitions and conventions Edit

Faction Paradox Edit

  • The Justinian was the ship that originally brought the first settlers to Ordifica. It was used by the Faction Paradox to take them away from the colony prior to its destruction by the High Council.
Laura Tobin, Guest and Fitz Kreiner were all together on this ship.

Foods and beverages Edit

  • The Third Doctor gets hot coffee thrown in his face by Magdelana Bishop.

Gallifrey Edit

Gallifreyan technology Edit

  • Bowships are described/seen by Sam. They have "huge spikes fitted to the prows of the ships, glittering gold in the light from the nearest stars."
  • The TARDIS is modelled out of pure mathematics. It is a complex space-time event. Its very existence and position in relation to the rest of the continuum is just an intricate code series.
  • The Rassilon Imprimatur maps a Time Lord "on to the Vortex by numbers, linked to the heart of space-time by an umbilical cord of pure mathematics."
  • The Cold is the Time Lord warship's computer system. By releasing it, it detonates the ship (which is a planet-sized bomb) and therefore destroys the Earth.
  • During one of the narrative constructs Sam experiences in the Media, the Doctor mentions a time ring.

Individual Gallifreyans and Time Lords Edit

Groups Edit

  • Compassion thinks the Faction told Tobin that the enemy came from Earth originally.

Human politicians Edit

Individuals Edit

  • Fitz Kreiner is twenty-nine years old when he arrives on Earth with the Doctor and Sam. He goes from 1996 to 2593 in the Cold. In 2593 he celebrates his 626th birthday.
  • It has been two years since Kode was remembered.
  • Badar is a journalist who was locked up. With the Doctor he discusses the Doctor's travels and they build a world of ideas that he can retreat into, to escape the torture he endures. On 20 August 1996 he is executed.
  • Magdelana Bishop is the assigned defender of the township on Dust.
  • Father Kreiner has the heads of several Time Lords on his walls, including the Master and the Rani (though one of them is the head of a clone).
  • Sam mentions wanting to see Fitz, saying, "We did have sex and everything," though adding, "It was a parallel-universe-alternative-reality kind of thing."
  • Iris Wildthyme makes a brief appearance in Sarah's Voodoo Economics documentary as UNIT's scientific advisor.
  • Fitz Kreiner joins the Faction Paradox and ends up becoming Father Kreiner.
  • Kode is is restored by the TARDIS using a remembrance tank to become what the TARDIS remembered Fitz to be.
  • The Doctor bought Sarah her stuffed owl at a jumble sale in Brighton in 1948.
  • Sarah can't remember the Doctor's regeneration properly.
  • Sarah isn't sure if she was on Dust.
  • Sarah reflects on the two incidents where she met the Doctor (or the things related to the Doctor) in 1983 and 1995.
  • After leaving Ordifica, Nathaniel Guest goes by the name of Guest while on Earth.
  • Laura Tobin used to crack her knuckles. She gave Fitz the nickname "code-boy".
  • Father Kreiner is who Fitz Kreiner became after a century (or more) with the Faction Paradox and the Remote.

Locations Edit

Objects Edit

Organisations Edit

Planets Edit

  • Dust and Quiescia are on opposite sides of the Mutter's Spiral.
  • Ordifica is the planet on which Fitz is brought out of the Cold.
  • The Ogron home planet is located at coordinates 0110011 by C2.
  • Sarah and the Doctor have just left Quiescia when they arrive on Dust. Before that they were on Peladon. They're heading back to Earth at Sarah's request.
  • I.M. Foreman's show once stopped off on New Mars.
  • I.M. Foreman's favourite planet is Mars.

Species Edit

  • The Doctor states, "Trade-dependant races are quite common in this part of the galaxy. The Selachians are always trying to unload arms on planets like this one. The Mentors are even worse. And the Arcturans would sell their own souls, if they had any."
  • Guest, Compassion and Kode use Ogrons for security.
  • Sarah's memories of the Doctor are a bit fuzzy. She keeps getting her Krynoids mixed up with her Pescatons.


Technology Edit

Theories and concepts Edit

Dates Edit

  • Anathema 1799 is out of reach by the High Council.
  • Between 1799 and 1800 the Remote build the transmission tower on Anathema.
  • By 1801 on Anathema Fitz and the rest of the Remote are sterile.
  • The 20th century is when Earth starts to turn itself into a major galactic power.
  • The events on Dust occur a thousand years after the fall of the Earth Empire.

Vehicles Edit

Notes Edit

  • The prose in this book shifts between conventional narrative to teleplay/scene breakdown.
  • According to Kate Orman on a internet question board, the working draft (dated November 1998) did not include the Third Doctor. [1]
  • This is the first novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures line to use the blue Doctor Who logo on its cover and spine. Before this it was a silver logo.
  • Sarah is using the alias "Sarah Bland."[2]* Miles believed I.M. Foreman was "the last thing about the Doctor's past that needs dealing with before we can close this forever", and he used Foreman as "an exorcism of all the old hang-ups about Doctor Who".[3]
  • Miles said "The point of Interference is that any solutions to human problems in the late 20th century will be cultural rather than political."[3]
  • According to an interview Lawrence Miles gave in 2003, these books sold more than anything Miles had written previously. [4]

Continuity Edit

External links Edit


Footnotes Edit

  1. Ask Kate Orman and Jonathan Blum - The Doctor Who Forum at Outpost Gallifrey (Page 2) (ezyboard membership required)
  2. The alias "Bland" is a reference to Robin Bland, the pseudonym Robert Holmes created for his rewrite of Terrance Dicks' script for The Brain of Morbius.
  3. 3.0 3.1 DWM 282
  4. The Potential Last Ever Doctor Who Interview with Lawrence Miles. Menace (2003). Archived from the original on 4 February 2003. Retrieved on 30th July 2012.
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