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 takes 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 has been 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 to the Virgin Missing Adventures series.
- The Doctor tests the pH of the water in the lagoon, it shows 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 that celebrates the return of victorious warriors.
- The Armageddon Conventionwas had been mentioned in the television story Revenge of the Cybermen. Braxiatel, or rather his Collection, was first mentioned by Romana in 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 had been imprisoned by the Mechanoids on their home planet Mechanus prior to meeting The Doctor. (The Chase)
- The Doctor tells Steven that Marco Polo had 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 with Peri Brown. (Point of Entry)