Sun, 2 November 2014
We first read Lawrence Miles’ some time ago with Alien Bodies, then paid him a brief return visit with The Adventuress of Henrietta Street, and now we’re going to crack open the two-book story that became a turning point for many readers of the Eighth Doctor series: Interference, Books One and Two.
To keep things simple, we’re dedicating a single episode of the podcast to each book, so naturally this one will be about Interference: Book One. From the back cover:
Five years ago, Sam Jones was just a schoolgirl from Shoreditch. Of course, that was before she met up with the Doctor and discovered 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 may 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 story features the Eighth Doctor, Sam, and Fitz, of course, but also brings back Sarah Jane Smith, 20 years old from when the Doctor dropped her off at the end of “The Hand of Fear”. And, as the cover of the book promises, the Third Doctor will be making an appearance with his (younger) Sarah Jane Smith.
If all of this sounds a bit confusing, then buckle your seatbelts because, love it or hate it, Interference is one of the most polarizing stories in all of Doctor Who history. So sit back, open the hotel room wet bar, and listen in as we discuss Interference: Book One by Lawrence Miles!
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