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Spore was the eighth Puffin eshort released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. It featured the Eighth Doctor.

It was later published in the short stories anthologies 11 Doctors, 11 Stories, 12 Doctors, 12 Stories and Thirteen Doctors, 13 Stories.

Publisher's summary[]

In a small town in the Nevada desert, an alien pathogen has reduced the entire population to a seething mass of black slime. When the Eighth Doctor arrives, he realises this latest threat to humanity is horrifyingly familiar — it is a virus which almost annihilated his entire race, the Time Lords...


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  • A grocery store has a pink, neon Budweiser beer sign above its door.
  • The pathogen arrived on Gallifrey more than a thousand years before the Doctor was born, killing several hundred Time Lords.
  • The Doctor shines his torch on a Chevrolet and a Honda.
  • The pathogen/spore is a von Neumann seeding probe, named after John von Neumann, who theorised the probe's possibility.
  • The Doctor poses as a member of the CDC.


  • This is the first eShort to feature a new companion.
  • An audiobook of the story was read by Nicholas Pegg.
  • UNIT is referred to as the "Unified Intelligence Taskforce" rather than the "United Nations Intelligence Taskforce", a name change that started with the revived series in 2005.