Doctor Who: The Shadow in the Glass Paperback – 2 Apr 2001
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The Doctor Who History Collection: Eight classic adventures. Eight unforgettable moments in time. Lots of impossible things. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Steve Cole (Author) Steve Cole is a best-selling children's author whose sales exceed three million copies. His hugely successful Astrosaurs young fiction series has been a UK top-ten children's bestseller and been published widely internationally. His several original Doctor Who novels have also been bestsellers. An original comedy, fantasy and adventure writer, Steve's work includes a broad range of books, most recently the Secret Agent Mummy series for younger readers, Stop Those Monsters! and the explosive Young Bond title Shoot to Kill. His next Young Bond adventure Heads You Die publishes May 2016 with a further adventure for the teenage James Bond planned for publication later this year. Much in demand for his energetic performances at events, Steve has appeared at Edinburgh, Hay, Cheltenham, Oxford, Bath, YALC and World Book Day's Biggest Book Show on Earth. He has toured schools in Europe, America, the UAE, Australia and New Zealand, and featured at sci-fi and Doctor Who conventions from London to Los Angeles.Justin Richards (Author) A celebrated writer and Creative Consultant to the BBC Books range of Doctor Who books, Justin Richards lives and works in Warwick with his wife and two children. When he's not writing, he can be found indulging his passion for inventing, reading and watching far too much television. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Unlike most of the novels re-released in this History Collection, “Shadows in the Glass” is not actually set in a historical period. Instead it is set primarily in the modern day (or at least modern day at the time the book was written). It uses a combination of journeys to periods during and just after the Second World War in the Tardis and of characters researching these times. As such it makes good use of time travel, which becomes an integral part of the plot.
One of the main points of interest in this book is that it teams up the Sixth Doctor and the Brigadier. It is not an obvious combination (the brief time they spend together in ‘Dimensions in Time’ doesn’t provide much of an impression). It’s hard to tell in this novel whether it actually works. The authors adapt the characters of both to make their interaction function satisfactorily. This isn’t the traditional Brigadier associated with the seventies. It is closer to the retired, living in a country house, married to Doris version that can be seen in the Seventh Doctor serial ‘Battlefield’. This mature Brigadier is of course very familiar with the Doctor and his various incarnations and more tolerant of his idiosyncrasies. It allows for him to deal with the brash, bolshiness of the Sixth Doctor better. It also makes him slip more into the role of a ‘traditional’ companion.
However, this is not the typical Sixth Doctor as seen on screen.Read more ›
The authors have, for this new edition of the book, written an Introduction explaining why they both came to be sharing the authorship of this book. Both authors have a long relationship with Doctor Who, and with their own writing of novels, and their accomplished style shows in this collaborative work.
The story starts off with an unexpected airborne vessel which is shot down by the RAF over the small village of Turelhampton during the Second World War. The narrative moves then to 2001 (when the novel was originally published), when a journalist, Claire Aldwych, finds herself investigating a very strange series of events. Can she find a story amongst all this information? And can she stay alive long enough to do anything with it? The Brigadier, although retired, finds that his services and those of UNIT are again required to deal with incursions of alien beings, and calls upon the Doctor to assist. The Sixth Doctor is the one who turns up, slightly disgruntled at being at UNIT’s beck and call, but he soon enters into the spirit of the Brigadier’s concerns and the two of them, with Claire call upon all their investigative skills to find out what’s really going on in Turelhampton.
This is a complex story; it follows multiple timelines, and has a large cast throughout those timelines, all with their own strong motivations and characters.Read more ›
Apparently written in three weeks when another book became unavoidably delayed, this book unites the current and previous editors of BBC's Doctor Who line of novels in a surprisingly well thought-through that combines fact and fiction into a coherent whole, while containing several plot twists that you probably won't see coming.
There is something about British writers which results in Hitler being portrayed as something more than just an evil dictator - and this book is no different. The combination of extreme disgust and morbid fascination adds some fuel to the already volatile mixture.
For a book of its pedigree (which would be a hastily bred mongrel), this is surprisingly good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book well paced and the doctor and the brig get in very wellPublished 11 months ago by Philobedoe
The 6th doctor is well written in this book however the amount of historic and military inaccuracy in it verges on stupidity. This in my opinion ruined the story.Published 12 months ago by glen
Good writing, good story and plenty of everything that makes a good Dr Who tale.Published 14 months ago by MistyDee
This is another in the series of ‘The History Collection’, original Doctor Who novels which have been previously published, and which are now re-issued as part of this 2015 novel... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Keen Reader
I'm not a huge fan of the 6th Doctor but this tale is a corker. The forages of the Doctor and the Brigadier into the 1940s are brilliant.Published 17 months ago by J. B. Mckellar
Another cracking reissue. Justin catches the characterisation of the main characters faultlessly. A very interesting story to keep you interested to the very end, and a perfect... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Walker
Well written, intriguing and exciting, Shadow In The Glass is a great addition to any Doctor Who fan's book collection.Published 18 months ago by Brandon Tyler