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Doctor Who: The Shadow in the Glass Paperback – 2 Apr 2001

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (2 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563538384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563538387
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 786,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

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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Before the Eleventh Doctor encounters Churchill and Hitler the Sixth Doctor visits them both in a novel concerned with the deaths of Hitler and Eva Braun and the fates of their bodies. There is, of course, a question of how aliens are involved. The story bears some fundamental similarities to the Tomorrow People serial ‘Hitler’s Last Secret’.

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.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2015
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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 collection. These stories are ones in which the Doctor has had an adventure in a historical setting. In this story, the Sixth Doctor finds himself called upon to help with an outstanding issue from the Second World War.

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.
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I don't think I can write much about this story as it would give away the plot and I wouldn't wish to spoil your enjoyment. So in this story the Doctor reunites with The Brigadier to fight aliens and Adolf Hitler, Justin Richards is an old hand at writing Who novels and this is one of his best he understands the character of the sixth Doctor and his some what abrasive relationships with people, this is a well plotted tale with a very satisfactory ending [however younger readers might find the climax distressing]. Another proviso is that this is a reprint of a story written as part of the new adventures series so there are references to other stories noticeably Terence Dicks 'The Players', however this is all explained in the introduction and should not spoil your enjoyment of the story.
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I read this after reading 'Players', another 6th doctor book. I enjoyed that book, and after all these years belatedly started to accept the 6th doctor incarnation as interesting rather than just bad taste and arrogant was encouraged to read this one. It's perhaps a little more silly in parts, but nevertheless again one of the better doctor who books, where you can both picture the doctor and get into a story that is not so simple and badly written that you could have written it in secondary school (no disrespect to secondary school kids!). The story is engaging throughout and does not peter out in the second half in the way that I find many doctor who novels do. Pretty good and worth a read this one.
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Investigating a series of strange events, the Brigadier pulls out a long unused device which sends a signal to the Doctor - in this case, in his sixth incarnation. What is the mystery that unites a spaceship shot down over England in 1944, strange demonic figures hidden in the shadows, and the final fate of Adolph Hitler?
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.
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