The Empire Of Glass
“There is a old Venetian saying,” the Doctor murmured. “The council of ten send you to the torture chamber; the council of three send you to the grave.”
A strange invitation brings the Doctor, Steven and Vicki to Venice in the year of our Lord 1609: a place of politics and poison, science and superstition, telescopes and terror. Galileo Galilei is there demonstrating his new invention to the Doge, and William Shakespeare is working as a spy for King James I. And there are other visitors too: inhuman ones that lurk in the shadows, watching — and killing.
Vicki is abducted to a flying island. Steven is accused of murder and challenged to a duel. The Doctor, meanwhile, finds himself at the centre of what looks like an attempted invasion. But who are the invaders? And why can’t they proceed without his help?
- The Empire of Glass was the sixteenth novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series.
- The Doctor tests the pH of the water in the lagoon, showing that he is wary of pools of water due to a previous incident.
- Steven gets drunk with Galileo Galilei.
- Rakeshla is a Sontaran drink used for celebrating the return of victorious warriors.
- The Armageddon Convention was first mentioned in the television story Revenge of the Cybermen. Braxiatel, or rather his Collection, was first mentioned by Romana in the television story City of Death.
- Vicki recalls that her pet Sandy the Sand Beast was killed by Barbara Wright on Dido in 2403. (The Rescue)
- Steven refers to the three years which he spent imprisoned by the Mechanoids on their home planet Mechanus prior to meeting the Doctor. (The Chase)
- The Doctor tells Steven that Marco Polo described Venice as being an oppressive state. (Marco Polo)
- Vicki tells Braxiatel that she met the Monk in Northumbria in 1066. (The Time Meddler)
- During his sixth incarnation, the Doctor would later meet Marlowe again in 1590 in the company of Peri Brown. (Point of Entry)