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Doctor Who And The Vortex Of Lust Reviews
Author: Christopher Cole
Date: 2002

What does AIF stand for? Adult Interactive Fiction. If you likely to be offended by games with sexual content, you are advised not
to open these files.

Reviewed by THoiA

There was a thread on the Adrift message board concerning adult IF to which Chris Cole became a very important poster. I've not really had much inclination to play adult IF (at least not in a long, long time) but given Chris' passion in his posts I visited his website. He spoke about his detail in the story of his games and how sex was not the main goal. I decided to investigate. Upon reviewing his list of games I saw "Dr. Who and the Vortex of Lust." Being a huge fan of Dr. Who this was game was downloaded immediately. 

The level of writing in this game is quite high, much higher than I had expected. Chris was right in his posts he does take a lot of time and effort to create richly detailed scenes and it was greatly appreciated. In addition he didn't just throw sex in the Dr. Who world, he created a viable reason for actions within the game. The game starts out with you in the control room of the TARDIS with the Doctor who is frantically attempting to evaluate the damage of a temporal energy breach caused by a temporal storm. He lets you know that strange things may take place and visions of past and future lives of the Doctor may be seen and to remain calm. What the Doctor fails to mention is that this much temporal action running through the inferior human brain also stimulates the sexual side and well…causes you and the other human inhabitants to become quite horny. 

Chris incorporates images straight out of Dr. Who screen captures for some of the characters in the game, but it's really not executed very well and doesn't add much to the game in my opinion. The actual adult portion of the game is, like everything else, very well written but truthfully didn't do anything for me. The adult aspect is certainly there and is a fundamental part of this game so removing it would hurt the game but aside from it the rest of the game is very well written and fun to play. Had I not been a Dr. Who fan I think I would not have enjoyed it nearly as much. 

The bottom line here is if you have ever been slightly interested in AIF but downloaded the idiot games that the focus was sex and quit playing before you got out of the second room, Chris Cole's work might be for you. Sex is a part of his games but not central, and in this game at least not the main goal. His writing is well thought out, detailed and thankfully interesting. Dr. Who and the Vortex of Lust would be hard to improve…but I might want to start with a slightly less cheesy title. 

Reviewed by 'trix (Inside Erin Volume 4 Number 9 - September 2008)

Basic Story

Doctor Who is a British science fiction TV series that ran from 1963 to 1989 (revived but very different in 2005) about a man from another planet in a time-travelling police phone box.
You're the Doctor's latest companion. The TARDIS hits a temporal storm, as a result of which the TARDIS is full of old Doctor Who companions who want to have sex. Also there's a Dalek.

Overall Thoughts

It's weird to think that Doctor Who has followers outside of the UK, especially old Doctor Who. But Mr Cole is obviously a Who fanboy who knows more about old Doctor Who companions than I can remember from my early childhood. Thankfully the companions include Ace (who dressed punk but spoke with an RP accent), Sarah Jane (who was a feisty reporter) and Leela (who dresses in scraps of leather and likes stabbing people), which are my favourites, which was reason enough for me to want to play it.


The gameplay is very reminiscent of some of the XTrek games: you wander around the TARDIS, find a room with a girl in it, and have sex with her. The cool thing about that is the geek-appeal of playing a story set in a world you've seen on TV that captured your imagination, and you're (reading about) having sex with characters that you know and like. The puzzles are fairly minimal: meet the girl, go find the macguffin, give the girl the macguffin and then have sex (only sluts have sex without getting a macguffin).


In any Chris Cole game, the writing is generally the strongest asset. The sex scenes are all fun and sexy and diverse enough to stay interesting, and it's fun to see how each of the familiar characters will be portrayed. There's nothing very innovative in the sex scenes, but they're well-written.


There are no serious technical flaws in the game. The pictures seem a little redundant: just shots of the characters, fully clothed -- if you know the characters you don't need them, and if you don't, what do you care? -- but they don't detract from the game. There's some pretty obvious alternative ways of phrasing commands that are neglected, but one makes allowances for Adrift games, and it's nothing that should spoil anyone's enjoyment of the game.


I like fan-games. I'm not a total Doctor Who geek, but any game using characters or settings that I already know and like has an immediate advantage over other games. It's a shame that the Doctor himself hardly appears, but I guess that wouldn't be the game Mr Cole was aiming to write.

Final thoughts

It seems to me that to really appreciate this game, you have to be familiar with old Doctor Who companions. Even if you've seen new Doctor Who and know the basic setup, you're not going to get the benefit of knowing who these characters you're fucking are, in which case it would be a pretty ordinary (though well-written) game. But on the other hand, if you're a real Doctor Who fan, not a fair-weather friend like me, it might really reverse your neutron flow. I don't know what that means, but it's something Doctor Who used to do a lot.

Rating: C


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