The Vampire of Paris
Continuity: After leaving Flydon Maxima, Varlos travelled to Montmartre in Paris during the nineteenth century, exploiting a puncture in the fabric of space time caused by time experiments in Paris in the nineteen seventies (City of Death). He adopted the alias of Baron De Guerre, using Darksmith technology to disguise himself accordingly, and has been trying to stop the vampire’s rampage, partly because he knew that its ship had followed him out of the Vortex and feels responsible, and partly because he feared that its activities would draw the attention of the Darksmiths. He sacrifices himself to stop the vampire.
The “Vampire” has a tusked face with red eyes, with long sinewy arms ending in pincers, a slug-like body covered in round mouths, and stumpy legs. It feeds on time energy, either aging people or regressing them to their evolutionary past. It is a vortex dweller. It is the power source for an alien time ship that runs on pure time energy; the vortex dweller collects time energy from the nearest available source. It isn’t very intelligent. The Doctor sends it back to Vortex at the end, its freedom restored, and sends the ship it powers back into the Vortex to drift forever.
Gisella is actually a robot, artificial life created by Varlos from metal and plastic.
The Agent was on board the Dreadbringers’ ship on Flydon Maxima and followed the TARDIS to Paris in 1895 via a puncture in the fabric of space and time in the vicinity of the TARDIS’ landing point. It was badly damaged in the process.
The Doctor poses as Divisional Commissioner Doctor LeSmith from the Ministry of the Interior.
Links: The Depths of Despair, The Game of Death. The Doctor mentions Chronovores (The Time Monster) and recalls losing a hand (The Christmas Invasion).
Location: Montmartre, Paris, 1895.
Unrecorded Adventures: The Doctor has been to the swimming baths on Poosh.
The Bottom Line: A decent enough romp, with a dash of horror and lots of exposition. We finally get to meet Varlos, only for him to die at the end. The Agent makes a welcome return.