Seeing I (novel)

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Seeing I was the twelfth novel in the BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures series. It was written by Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman, released 8 June 1998 and featured the Eighth Doctor and Sam Jones.

Much like Deceit did before it with Ace, Seeing I returns companion Sam Jones to travel with the Doctor after having spent three or four years away from him. Unlike Ace (who spent her time travelling and in the Spacefleet), Sam spent most of her time on Ha'olam.

Publisher's summary[[edit]]

He has no idea why Samantha Jones ran away from him.

Sam is homeless on the streets of the colony world of Ha'olam, trying to face what's just happened between her and the Doctor. He's searching for her, and for answers. While she struggles to survive in a strange city centuries from home, the Doctor comes across evidence of alien involvement in the local mega-corporation, INC — and is soon confined to a prison that becomes a hell of his own making.

Where did INC's mysterious eye implants really come from? What is the company searching for in the deserts? What is hiding in the shadows, watching their progress?

Faced with these mysteries, separated by half a world, Sam and the Doctor each face a battle — Sam to rebuild her life, the Doctor to stay sane. And if they find each other again, what will be left of either of them?

Chapter titles[[edit]]

  1. An Ordinary World
  2. I Seek Her Here, I Seek Her There
  3. Eye Robot
  4. Radical Dislocation
  5. Capture Escape Capture
  6. I Into We
  7. Eye-Bugged Monster
  8. Morning Run
  9. No Monsters Here
  10. I Spy
  11. Urgent Action

Interlude, with Audio

  1. Now You See Me
  2. And You and I
  3. I Contact
  4. I Technology
  5. Oy Gestalt
  6. Long Last Look


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Cultural references from the real world[[edit]]

The Doctor[[edit]]

  • Whilst imprisoned the Doctor goes into detail of how he was held prisoner by the Tractites.
  • The Doctor becomes a little bit claustrophobic after three years of being locked away.

The Doctor's items[[edit]]

Foods and beverages[[edit]]

  • Sam drinks coffee; she never used to after she had an experience with drugs.
  • Number 15 is a system of moves that the Doctor and Sam came up with. It involves the Doctor using a banana and pretending it to be a gun to hold someone up, while in the confusion Sam takes the guard's gun.


  • The Doctor explains to Sam what happened to Savar.


  • Sam's "Dark Sam" personality is referred to several times.
  • DOCTOR is an artificial intelligence based on the Doctor, sounding a bit like him. He goes travelling with another AI called FLORANCE.
  • The Doctor tells Sam that he met his granddaughter Susan whilst searching for her.
  • The Doctor claims to Dr Akalu that Romana always told him he had a death wish.
  • The Doctor seems to indicate he was taught how to sketch by Leonardo da Vinci, but was never very good.
  • Sam remembers sleeping with a bat, Jasper the Fledershrew, in the TARDIS.
  • Shoshana Rubenstein was Sam's flatmate for a while.

Individuals by profession[[edit]]






  • The beginning of the book contains a quote from PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation by Paul Cornell.
  • Continuing what could be considered a trend for Kate Orman novels, the Doctor gets tortured in extreme and interesting ways.
  • Sam has a relationship with a woman named Chris, confirming that she is bisexual.


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