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Interference - Book One (Shock Tactic) was the first volume of Lawrence Miles' two-part multi-Doctor novel Interference. It was released by BBC Books on 2 August 1999 and featured the Eighth and Third Doctors alongside their companions Sam Jones, Fitz Kreiner, and Sarah Jane Smith.

Publisher's summary[]

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.


Main article: Interference (novel)


What Happened on Earth[]

What Happened on Dust[]



Books from the real world[]



The Doctor[]

  • The Doctor tells Badar about his imprisonment on Ha'olam.

The Doctor's items[]

Energy and radiation[]

Exhibitions and conventions[]

  • COPEX has been running since at least 1992. It is an arms fair.
  • Sarah Jane Smith masquerades as "Sarah Bland", working for International Procurement Services to get into COPEX.

Foods and beverages[]

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


Gallifreyan technology[]

  • Bowships are described 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."

Human politicians[]


  • Fitz Kreiner is 29 years old when he arrives on Earth with the Doctor and Sam. He goes from 1996 to 2593 in the Cold; after waking up, he celebrates his 626th birthday.
  • Badar is an imprisoned journalist. 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).




  • 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.


  • 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.


  • The Remote's transmitters use block-transfer formulae.
  • According to Compassion (speaking to Sam), "You're not supposed to have transmats on Earth. Not in the twentieth century."
  • A court case was brought against Microsoft because of its software provided to the robots at the Festival of Ghana. Bill Gates is still apologising for his company's part in it and that it wasn't his fault the robots started killing people.
  • The Cold is quite possibly related to validium.
  • Sam uses binoculars (given to her by the Doctor) made in the Filipino Protectorate in 4993. The binoculars have lip-reading software on them.



  • This is the first novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures line to use a blue Doctor Who logo on its cover and spine. Before this it was a silver logo.


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