Shroud of Sorrow
23 November 1963
It is the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his late father in the mists along Totter’s Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane.
The faces begin to talk and scream and push through into our world as the alien Shroud begins to feast on the grief of a world in mourning. Can the Doctor dig deep enough into his own sorrow to save mankind?
- Shroud of Sorrow is one of three Eleventh Doctor novels published in April 2013 and the first to feature Clara Oswald.
- A character in this book, Reg Cranfield, is a policeman patrolling Totter’s Lane, and is named for the actor who played the policeman at the beginning of “An Unearthly Child”.
- As the Doctor starts up the TARDIS, he mentions fueling the thermo buffer and flash updating the nano-ram.
- The Doctor says that the wormhole circling Earth is similar to a doughnut before redacting his statement and saying that it’s more like a Scotch egg.
- The Doctor once met John F. Kennedy at a party in the 1950’s, just before getting engaged to Marilyn Monroe at Frank Sinatra’s house. (A Christmas Carol)
- The Doctor uses Lethbridge-Stewart’s name and rank as an alias (though he quickly swaps “brigadier” for “colonel” mid-sentence), and dons a moustache for the occasion.
- Clara comes across a sauna in the TARDIS.
- At the Brigadier’s funeral, Benton commands the UNIT soldiers: “Five rounds rapid!”, which is what the Brigadier said to Benton in The Daemons.