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The Empire of Glass (Doctor Who - the…

The Empire of Glass (Doctor Who - the Missing Adventures Series)

by Andy Lane

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A word of advice: if Irving Braxiatel tries to organize a peace conference, remind him what happened at the last one. The Empire of Glass is a magnificent romp in true Doctor Who style: no single character knows the whole story, and everyone is scattered almost from the word go. Add to this Galileo falling out of his chair in surprise when he sees a spacecraft through his telescope, Shakespeare on a spying mission for King James, and Christopher Marlowe back from the dead, and you have a serious party on your hands. Sixteenth-century Venetian politics vs. Time Lord interference: that's a tough call. This is a First Doctor novel with Steven and Vicki, and all three are written very well. ( )
  melonbrawl | Feb 25, 2015 |

This is one of the Virgin Missing Adventures of Doctor Who which is downloadable from the BBC website. Set in Venice and London in 1609, it gives the author a chance to bring together Galileo, Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe (not dead after all, it turns out) and the First Doctor, Steven and Vicki. The BBC presentation makes it easy to cut between chapters of the book and the author's notes, which makes reading the book rather like watching a DVD for the first time with the production team's commentary turned on. It's rather good fun, with decent treatment of Steven and several rather satisfying nods to continuity, though I don't think we find out exactly what happens to Cardinal Bellarmine. ( )
  nwhyte | Aug 20, 2006 |
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