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Reviewed By: nukirisameReview Date: 11/26/18 4:25 pm
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While The Eight Doctors abandoned the new direction the TV Movie had headed in to instead douse itself in 30+ years of lore and go a bit mad, Vampire Science takes everything that worked in the TV Movie and runs with it. A dashingly romantic Doctor running through the streets of San Francisco changing people's lives, though this time with less Terminator and more Dracula.

The characterization of Eight really is the highlight of this book. Blum and Orman manage to make him sparkle throughout the whole thing - any scene with the Doctor is guaranteed to have at least one moment that'll warm your heart, my personal favourite being when he explains his plan to find out more about the vampires while kittens are climbing all over him. Or when he reflects on how easy a cat's life is compared to his. Lots of cats.

Of course, the plot does manage to be quite dark when it wants to; Sam being bitten by a vampire could've easily been a throwaway scene in any other story, but here it's treated as an extremely traumatic event for her that's one of the catalysts for her reviewing her relationship with the Doctor. Sam in general works a lot better here than the few scenes she had in The Eight Doctors, though she still feels very generic. I won't lie, I was crossing my fingers that she'd actually stay behind and Carolyn would take her place at the end, but alas.

On top of Carolyn being such a brilliant candidate for a companion, the book has another winning guest character in the form of Shackle. His depression, suicidal tendencies and eventual surrender to the vampires is very well-handled. I really loved this book's take on the vampires; likening the recently-turned to a couple of edgy young adults playing with powers they don't understand was a great decision. The eldest vampire, Harris, is a woman of science dedicating her time to researching a way for vampires to feed humanely, though even then her idea of humane is very different from ours. The vampires here are full-blooded characters and it makes the moral point of this story - the Doctor's drive to always end conflicts peacefully - that much more impactful.

Overall Vampire Science is just what the EDAs needed, a proper start to the range. It can be a bit slow at times but never really stops being entertaining thanks to Blum and Orman's superb characterization of the Doctor. I might change my score depending on how better or worse the later EDAs are, but for now, this is a very high 8.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 11/5/17 2:40 am
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Finally months after finishing The Eight Doctor's and starting Vampire Science, I have finished it. With delays due to life, work, uni and Big Finish :P
Vampire Science really kicks off the Eighth Doctor Adventure novels properly with a traditional Doctor Who story, with the new Tardis duo having an adventure in modern day San Francisco. The novel starts with the two hunting down a group of vampires causing mayhem in the 70s where they meet Caroline, who is offered to travel with our heroes to which she declines. The next chapter we see Caroline 20 years later, living a normal life but regretting not leaving in the Tardis. The novel plays with the concept of normal life vs Tardis life with two characters, with the aforementioned Caroline, and with the new companion Sam Jones, who can't decide whether the danger and mystic of the Doctor is worth it.
The vampire plot is very nicely done, with different stages of the novel being split into parts, titles "First Bite" "Second Bite" and "Third Bite" that breaks the novel up into the different progression of both the plot and its characters. The Doctor, being his usual self shows everyone in the novel a better way of living, whether that's Caroline, Sam, Dr Shackle, James or the vampires themselves.
A way I would describe this novel is that it is very "domestic" or "grounded" it can be heavy in places and it is expressed through the character's internal struggles.
Overall I very much enjoyed Vampire Science and rate it 8/10, and am looking forward to The Bodysnatchers.
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Reviewed By: EightsGirlReview Date: 6/13/17 9:39 am
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This is the novel that should have been the first. It's a much better jumping on point and honestly, it has more action than The Eight Doctors. Sam and the Doctor are great together. Carolyn, an extra character in this book, is also a fantastic addition. I would have liked to see her become a companion. And there's vampires so you can't go wrong.