Doctor Who Logo 'The Taint'
by Michael Collier
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The TARDIS lands in 1963, and soon the Doctor and Sam become involved in the psychological experiments being performed by one Charles Roley on former sufferers of mental illness - he is probing the psyches of six people who believe they've been possessed by the devil.

While the Doctor is horrified to learn the full extent of the side-effects brought into being by Roley's research, Sam heads off to experience the swinging London of her parents' youth. Instead she experiences deadly danger at the hands of a sinister half-man half-robot double act whose agenda is inextricably linked to Roley's test subjects.

The Doctor has stumbled upon the reawakening of a computerised alien survival programme hidden in the brains of these afflicted people. Tainted with their madness, its new function could destroy all life on Earth...

Notes:
*Featuring the Eighth Doctor and Sam, and introducing Fitz Kreiner

*A BBC Books 'Eighth Doctor Adventures' novel