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She won the P. Sands is perhaps best known for writing the Argeneau series, which focus in on a modern family of blood sucking vampires and different characters within. Lynsay Sands was raised in Southern Ontario, Canada. Sands sent a manuscript to Harlequin Enterprises before college, getting a response that requested a rewrite in addition to anything else she had composed. Sands took this as a rejection and went to the University of Windsor full time while also working full time. She published her first novel in , The Deed. This series is about a Canadian family called the Argeneaus who also happen to be a bunch of vampires.

There are twenty books in the series that feature different members of the Argeneaus as they find romance, search for their life mates, and deal with hunters who want them dead. The first story in the series follows Lissiana Argeneau, a member of the family that has an interesting psychological phenomenon in that she faints whenever she sees blood. One night her mother brings home a handsome man and ties him to her bed as a birthday present. The present is not only a snack for her, but also potentially a life-saver: he is a psychologist whose name is Greg Hewitt and he might be able to cure her of her fainting ability.

You see, Lissiana is a vampire of the Argeneau clan that has a very inconvenient habit of fainting whenever she sees blood. This is more than a little bit of a handicap for someone of her kind. Lissiana has also been searching for her life mate for centuries, so this is more than just an opportunity for her to have a feeding frenzy.

Lissiana might just be able to get over her circumstance as well as find a partner for life in this little gift from her mother. This way she can feed off blood bags instead of having to rely on humans dropping into her lap. Lissiana as well is starting to experience feelings for the unusual doctor. If he cannot be wiped of his memory then he stands to be a potential threat to exposing their way of life. As Lissiana grows more enamored of the doctor who is helping her, their relationship deepens, and Lissiana shows Greg the secrets of the vampire world.

Will they be together forever, or just for the moment? Love Bites is the second book in the Argeneau series that features family member Etienne Argeneau. This is not the first time that Pudge has gotten Etienne badly enough for him to wind up in the morgue looking dead. But Rachel foils his plot by shielding Etienne upon discovering he is still alive.

Pudge attempts to get her with an axe and succeeds. So Etienne must save her by turning her into a vampire, naturally. Then he brings her home to meet the Argeneaus.

Now Etienne must hope that he falls in love with Rachel. Vampires can only turn one human in their life time, and they must hope they fall in love and are life mates because otherwise they have missed the boat. Pudge is still out there trying to hunt them down as well. She jokes that he is way too skinny as the coat wouldn't fit an average-sized man. The Doctor asks if he missed her wedding, to which she confirms; he tells her that she still has the honeymoon, which Donna passes off as just a holiday.

Donna laughs that it's too bad he doesn't have a time machine; then they could just go back to when she vanished. Not wanting to disturb her more, the Doctor subtly says it would be impossible due to the laws of time ; he can't go back along someone's personal timeline. The Doctor gives Donna a bio-damper ring to stop the Santas tracking her; he asks Donna to talk about herself, so he can figure out why she's being targeted.

To the Doctor's surprise, Donna missed the Sycorax 's attempted invasion the previous Christmas she was asleep with a hangover. He then learns she works at a security firm called H. Clements , where she met her husband-to-be, Lance; she was interested in him because as head of H.

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Donna says they went out for a while and Lance asked her to marry him. However, as the flashbacks show, Donna was the one constantly pestering him to get married; he eventually gave in. The Doctor takes Donna to her reception, where Lance is dancing with Nerys.

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Donna is shocked and furious that her friends and family are having the wedding reception without her; Nerys points out that it was already paid for, so they didn't want to waste it. Donna snaps back at her. Sylvia Noble , Donna's mother, demands to know about her bizarre phone call and how she pulled off that disappearing act.

The amount of attention she's getting causes Donna to break down and cry; they stop questioning her. Donna gives a wink to the Doctor; she's faking to make them feel bad for her. The party continues, and during the dancing, the Doctor spots a woman with long blonde hair dancing; it makes him think of Rose, upsetting him again.

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He then borrows a mobile phone to look up H. He learns the firm is, or rather was, owned by the Torchwood Institute. The Doctor catches sight of the wedding photographer showing someone his camera and goes to see what's so interesting. The Doctor sees the footage of Donna vanishing in golden light, asking for a replay; to his shock, Donna was infused with Huon particles , a source of energy that hasn't existed for billions of years.

Horrified, the Doctor realises that the bio-damper can't hide Donna. The Doctor grabs Donna and they run outside to find the hall surrounded by the Santas. Seeing one of them holding a remote, the Doctor looks back at the trees. When Donna asks why he's concerned about them, he retorts " They kill! However, everyone soon goes silent; contrary to what the Doctor believed the ornaments are flying off the trees. The crowd watches in awe until they start crashing into tables and exploding.

Everyone takes cover, as the Doctor rushes to the DJ equipment. The Santas enter, with the Doctor taking the mic and telling them they blundered; they let a man with a sonic screwdriver near the sound equipment. Using the speakers, the Doctor creates a sound so powerful it shakes the roboforms apart. The Doctor scans the head of one of the Santas, realising they aren't scavengers anymore; someone has taken command. The Doctor traces the signal outside, finding that the signal is coming from space. Inside a star-shaped spaceship , an alien calls him clever before cutting the signal.

Without a signal, the Doctor decides to investigate H. Clements , asking Donna to take him there; she points out that she doesn't have pockets for keys. She drags Lance along since he has a car. The Doctor asks Lance to take Donna and him to H. Clements, learning that after Torchwood One's dissolution in the Battle of Canary Wharf , someone else took control of the company; Donna has no recollection of it, claiming she was in Spain , even when the Doctor mentions that there were Cybermen in Spain as well. Donna says she was scuba diving at the time; the Doctor sighs that she's always missing the big picture.

The Doctor finds a basement level not on the floor plans and the three go there, finding themselves in a long tunnel that leads to the Thames Flood Barrier. They find transport - segways. The Doctor and Donna exchange glances between each other before bursting out laughing.

At the end of the corridor, they discover a lab filled with tubes of water. The Doctor explains that Huon particles were being created from water and are being stored in liquid form. He explains that his people created them, making Lance ask who he works for; the Doctor tells him he's freelance. The Doctor quickly does a scan of Donna, revealing to her that she's saturated with the particles.

The TARDIS is the only other place in the universe where Huon particles exist; when the ones in Donna activated due to the raging hormones the stress of her wedding day caused , it created a magnetic effect that pulled her inside. He dumbs this down for Donna and Lance by using a pencil and mug to demonstrate his explanation. There is an immense hole in the floor of the room. The Doctor surmises it was dug by Torchwood's laser technology and extends to the centre of the Earth. As they explore, a half-humanoid, half-spider teleports into the lab. The Doctor recognises it as one of the Racnoss , a race thought wiped out billions of years ago by the Fledgling Empires in the Dark Times.

The Racnoss calls herself the Empress. She has fashioned a large web above the pit, where the body of H. Clements still hangs.


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The Empress defends this as her species are born starving; it's not their fault intentionally, just their biology. Donna takes control of the conversation to distract the Empress, as Lance sneaks behind it with an axe. However, right as Lance raises the axe to strike, the Empress turns and both start laughing. Donna can't figure out what's going on, making Lance point out she's stupid. The Doctor, who had been suspicious of Lance the moment he heard his job title "head of human resources", somberly asks Donna how she met Lance again; she says over coffee, before coming to the conclusion she missed before.

Lance was spiking her coffee with Huon particles every day; they needed to incubate in a living being until they were ready for use. The Empress needs the Huon particles for what's at the bottom of the hole. Lance then explains that he only went through with marrying Donna to make sure she didn't leave; he had to put up with tortuous hours of listening to her gab on and on about ridiculous pop culture things.

But now, he can finally be free of her and resume his life, callously rejecting Donna's declarations of love.


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  • The Doctor and Donna are targeted by the roboforms under the Empress' control, the Doctor reverses the particle activity with a vial of liquid Huon particles he'd collected earlier. The Empress is not thwarted. With the knowledge gained by dosing Donna, she knows how to achieve the same result with Lance. She begins to force feed him the Huon liquid while trapping him in her web. He tempts the distraught Donna into looking, and they notice a Racnoss spaceship arriving to hide from being exterminated by the Fledgling Empires. The Doctor fast-forwards time outside the ship, asking Donna what's happening; she tells him that the Earth is forming around the ship.

    The Doctor realises that the ship is the actual core of the Earth; that's why the Empress needs Huon particles, to awaken her "children". If that happens, the Racnoss will eat everything and everyone on Earth; worse, they'll likely destroy the planet to free their ship. The Doctor yells that the Empress has doused Lance with Huon particles and the pull is dragging them back to However, to avoid directly returning, the Doctor uses percussive maintenance on the extrapolator , which now appears to have TARDIS coral growing around it, to skip sideways into an empty corridor.

    As he listens at a door, Donna is captured and suspended in the Empress' web. The Doctor realises she is gone, then opens the door to find a black cloaked robot aiming a weapon at him. The Empress activates the Huon particles, which purge from Donna and Lance and fall down the hole. Knowing her fellow Racnoss will be hungry, she prepares to drop meat down for them. Lance asks her to choose Donna; she considers it but decides to send Lance down instead for being rude. With the web severed, Lance falls, screaming.

    Donna is now horrified of sharing his fate. Meanwhile, the Empress' ship descends over the city, taken for a Christmas star until it fires on the city, causing panic and destruction; one little girl is nearly electrocuted by a laser before her father pulls her out of the way. The Empress catches the Doctor as he sneaks back into the laboratory, in disguise as a roboform.

    The Doctor cuts the spider web with his sonic screwdriver, with Donna swinging on a strand to him; however, it's too long and Donna hits a wall with a comedic metallic clank. The Doctor offers the Racnoss one last chance: he will take her kind to a planet where they will threaten no one. She calls him funny, declining his offer, then tells the firing squad to aim, but they shut down as the Doctor calmly says, "Relax".

    He pulls a remote resembling a very flashy RC car controller from his pockets which he says are bigger on the inside ; the Doctor reprogrammed the roboforms to only obey him. The Empress proudly declares that the roboforms will not be necessary; her children will dine on Martian flesh tonight.

    The Doctor reveals that he is not from Mars , but Gallifrey. The Empress is enraged as she exclaims, " They murdered the Racnoss! The Empress realises she has gone too far and pleads for mercy, but it is MUCH too late — the Doctor throws the baubles into the air and uses the remote to control them like remote-controlled bombs to blow holes in the tunnel. Water from the Thames rushes in, swirling around the Empress and then reaching and travelling down the hole to the Earth's core, drowning the Racnoss within. The Doctor stoically — coldly, even — watches as the water pours in, flames rush up and the Empress screams in anguish for her children.

    Donna's look grows horrified, and it takes her yelling out to the Doctor when they are both soaked, "Doctor! You can stop now! They escape into the TARDIS while the Empress teleports back to her ship, vowing to scorch the Earth; the Doctor replies that the opening of the Secret Heart and the Webstar's assault on London has drained its energy and left it defenceless. Humanity isn't, however, and the powerless Webstar is blown out of the sky by Challenger 2 tanks under orders of " Mr Saxon ", presumably destroying the Empress and the Racnoss species with it.

    She declines, but encourages him to find someone, recognising he has just lost someone himself and that sometimes he needs someone to stop him from doing something terrible. This episode marked a big change in the make-up department, with Barbara Southcott becoming the more-or-less permanent make-up designer on the show. Also, Millennium Effects became "Millennium FX" with this episode, and have been credited thus since. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Contents [ show ]. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.

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