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|image = Shroud of Sorrow (novel).jpg
|name = Shroud of Sorrow
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|series = [[BBC New Series Adventures]]
|series = [[BBC New Series Adventures]]
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|doctor = Eleventh Doctor
|doctor = Eleventh Doctor
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|companions = [[Clara Oswald|Clara]]
|companions = [[Clara Oswald|Clara]]
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|enemy = [[Shroud]]
|featuring =
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|setting = {{il|[[Dallas]], [[23 November]] [[1963]]|[[Semtis]]}}
|enemy = The [[Shroud]]
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|writer = [[Tommy Donbavand]]
|setting = [[Dallas]], [[23 November]] [[1963]]; [[Semtis]]
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|read by = [[Frances Barber]]
|writer = [[Tommy Donbavand]]
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|publisher = BBC Books{{!}}BBC Books (UK)
|read by=[[Frances Barber]]
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|publisher2 = Broadway Paperbacks{{!}}Broadway Paperbacks (US)
|publisher = BBC Books{{!}}BBC Books (UK)
 
|publisher2 = Broadway Paperbacks{{!}}Broadway Paperbacks (US)
 
 
|release date = [[8 April (releases)|8 April]] [[2013 (releases)|2013]]
 
|release date = [[8 April (releases)|8 April]] [[2013 (releases)|2013]]
|isbn = ISBN 978-1-84990-576-3
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|isbn = ISBN 978-1-84990-576-3
|format = Hardback (UK)<br />Paperback (US)
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|format = Hardback (UK)<br />Paperback (US)
|prev = The Dalek Generation (novel)
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|prev = The Dalek Generation (novel)
|next = The Blood Cell (novel)
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|next = The Blood Cell (novel)
}}
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|story number = |number = 53}}
'''''Shroud of Sorrow''''' was one of three [[Eleventh Doctor]] novels published in April 2013 and the first to feature [[Clara Oswald]].
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'''''Shroud of Sorrow''''' was the fifty-third novel in the [[BBC New Series Adventures]] series. It was written by [[Tommy Donbavand]] and featured the [[Eleventh Doctor]] and [[Clara Oswald]].
   
 
== Publisher's summary ==
 
== Publisher's summary ==
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== Plot ==
 
== Plot ==
 
After Clara and the Doctor help a ship to fly away from a world covered in a vast, bubble bath filled liquid, they are entailed in an adventure that involves them thwarting an alien's plot to send the whole world into grief. They end up meeting a news reporter and an FBI agent on 23 November 1963, after the [[assassination]] of [[John F. Kennedy]], who, along with an army of clowns, help the Doctor to stop the [[Shroud]] from draining the world full of happiness.
 
After Clara and the Doctor help a ship to fly away from a world covered in a vast, bubble bath filled liquid, they are entailed in an adventure that involves them thwarting an alien's plot to send the whole world into grief. They end up meeting a news reporter and an FBI agent on 23 November 1963, after the [[assassination]] of [[John F. Kennedy]], who, along with an army of clowns, help the Doctor to stop the [[Shroud]] from draining the world full of happiness.
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== Characters ==
 
== Characters ==
 
* [[Eleventh Doctor]]
 
* [[Eleventh Doctor]]
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=== Individuals imitated by the Shroud ===
 
=== Individuals imitated by the Shroud ===
* [[Betty Callon]]
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* [[Betty Callon]]
* [[Jock (Shroud of Sorrow)|Jock]]
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* [[Jock (Shroud of Sorrow)|Jock]]
 
* [[Tyler (Shroud of Sorrow)|Tyler]]
 
* [[Tyler (Shroud of Sorrow)|Tyler]]
* [[Sophie (Shroud of Sorrow)|Sophie]]
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* [[Sophie (Shroud of Sorrow)|Sophie]]
 
* [[Betty (Shroud of Sorrow)|Betty]]
 
* [[Betty (Shroud of Sorrow)|Betty]]
* [[Reuben (Shroud of Sorrow)|Reuben]]
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* [[Reuben (Shroud of Sorrow)|Reuben]]
* [[Tess]]
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* [[Tess]]
 
* [[Astrid Peth]]
 
* [[Astrid Peth]]
   
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* The Doctor brings up his degree in [[cheese]] again, but specifies that it's "only the stinky, [[blue]] kind".
 
* The Doctor brings up his degree in [[cheese]] again, but specifies that it's "only the stinky, [[blue]] kind".
 
* [[Elisabeth Kübler-Ross]] and her book, ''[[On Death and Dying]]'', are brought up when the Doctor realises that her theory about the five stages of grief were correct. The two of them apparently argued about it.
 
* [[Elisabeth Kübler-Ross]] and her book, ''[[On Death and Dying]]'', are brought up when the Doctor realises that her theory about the five stages of grief were correct. The two of them apparently argued about it.
* The Doctor spent his gap year in the [[Bethlem Royal Hospital]], mentioning that it was a nice place before he went to visit [[Peter Streete]].
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* The Doctor spent his gap year in the [[Bethlem Royal Hospital]], mentioning that it was a nice place before he went to visit [[Peter Streete]].
* The Doctor once met [[John F. Kennedy]] at a party in the [[1950s]], just before getting engaged to [[Marilyn Monroe]] at [[Frank Sinatra]]'s house.
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* The Doctor once met [[John F. Kennedy]] at a party in the [[1950s]], just before getting engaged to [[Marilyn Monroe]] at [[Frank Sinatra]]'s house.
 
* The Doctor uses the foot of a [[sock]], a [[satsuma]], a [[nectarine]], and a length of [[string]] to explain how a wormhole works.
 
* The Doctor uses the foot of a [[sock]], a [[satsuma]], a [[nectarine]], and a length of [[string]] to explain how a wormhole works.
 
* The Doctor describes the [[Time Vortex]] as a "huge, complicated, multidimensional, trans-temporal thingy" that comes in two colours.
 
* The Doctor describes the [[Time Vortex]] as a "huge, complicated, multidimensional, trans-temporal thingy" that comes in two colours.
 
* The houses built into the side of the hill are described as [[hobbit]] holes by Clara.
 
* The houses built into the side of the hill are described as [[hobbit]] holes by Clara.
* Contents of the Doctor's pockets include the [[sonic screwdriver]], the [[psychic paper]], a [[satsuma]], a [[nectarine]], a piece of [[string]], a pair of [[scissors]], a [[carrot]], an original Paul E. Wirt [[pen]], given to him by [[Mark Twain]] after he had written the first draft of ''[[Huckleberry Finn]]'', a large [[key]], a [[computer mouse]], a [[baseball]] signed by [[Babe Ruth]], and the [[recorder]] used by his second incarnation, which he plays.
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* Contents of the Doctor's pockets include the [[the Doctor's sonic screwdriver|sonic screwdriver]], the [[psychic paper]], a [[satsuma]], a [[nectarine]], a piece of [[string]], a pair of [[scissors]], a [[carrot]], an original Paul E. Wirt [[pen]], given to him by [[Mark Twain]] after he had written the first draft of ''[[Huckleberry Finn]]'', a large [[key]], a [[computer mouse]], a [[baseball]] signed by [[Babe Ruth]], and the [[recorder]] used by his second incarnation, which he plays.
 
* [[Semtis]] is a planet situated in the top left-hand corner of the [[Andromeda (galaxy)|Andromeda galaxy]].
 
* [[Semtis]] is a planet situated in the top left-hand corner of the [[Andromeda (galaxy)|Andromeda galaxy]].
* The Doctor refers to [[clown car]]s as the only other [[dimensionally transcendental]] vehicle in the universe besides [[the TARDIS]].
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* The Doctor refers to [[clown car]]s as the only other [[dimensionally transcendental]] vehicle in the universe besides [[the TARDIS]].
 
* Clara comes across a [[sauna]] in the TARDIS.
 
* Clara comes across a [[sauna]] in the TARDIS.
 
* The Doctor mentions that he met a [[Sontaran]] stand-up comedian.
 
* The Doctor mentions that he met a [[Sontaran]] stand-up comedian.
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* The novel is set on and around 23rd November, 1963, the day ''Doctor Who'' debuted, and revisits [[Totter's Lane]]. A meta reference to this takes place when Doctor notes that it's Saturday teatime in Britain and "the fun is about to begin." Published in the 50th anniversary year, this is the only original novel published that year to have an explicit tie to the milestone.
 
* The novel is set on and around 23rd November, 1963, the day ''Doctor Who'' debuted, and revisits [[Totter's Lane]]. A meta reference to this takes place when Doctor notes that it's Saturday teatime in Britain and "the fun is about to begin." Published in the 50th anniversary year, this is the only original novel published that year to have an explicit tie to the milestone.
 
* A character in this book, [[Reg Cranfield]], is a policeman patrolling [[Totter's Lane]], and is named for [[Reg Cranfield (actor)|the actor]] who played [[Policeman (An Unearthly Child)|the policeman]] at the beginning of "[[An Unearthly Child (episode)|An Unearthly Child]]".
 
* A character in this book, [[Reg Cranfield]], is a policeman patrolling [[Totter's Lane]], and is named for [[Reg Cranfield (actor)|the actor]] who played [[Policeman (An Unearthly Child)|the policeman]] at the beginning of "[[An Unearthly Child (episode)|An Unearthly Child]]".
* The wormhole in this story is described as unique; there was a tunnel that needed to be traversed, unlike other wormholes that were instantaneous, there was breathable air, it had a solid area to walk across (though it was described as uneven), it resembled a "dead" Time Vortex, and had the bodies of the Shroud's previous victims spread across its walls. The Doctor mentions that the bodies greatly resembled the bodies of [[Pompeii]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Fires of Pompeii]]'', [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Fires of Vulcan]]'') People that travel across the wormhole also have a chance of experiencing a mental jump and going through what one of the victims went through before their death.
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* The wormhole in this story is described as unique; there was a tunnel that needed to be traversed, unlike other wormholes that were instantaneous, there was breathable air, it had a solid area to walk across (though it was described as uneven), it resembled a "dead" Time Vortex, and had the bodies of the Shroud's previous victims spread across its walls. The Doctor mentions that the bodies greatly resembled the bodies of [[Pompeii]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Fires of Pompeii (TV story)|The Fires of Pompeii]]'', [[AUDIO]]: ''[[The Fires of Vulcan (audio story)|The Fires of Vulcan]]'') People that travel across the wormhole also have a chance of experiencing a mental jump and going through what one of the victims went through before their death.
* Various incarnations of the Doctor attended the Brigadier's funeral. Paragraphs of the book (without name) refer to the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Doctor being present during the event, and the First Doctor once mentions that all of his incarnations were present at the funeral and will behave themselves, although some arguing will occur at the wake ([[PROSE]]: ''[[The Gift (ST short story)|The Gift]]''). The Eleventh Doctor is made aware of the Brigadier's death in [[TV]]: ''[[The Wedding of River Song (TV story)|The Wedding of River Song]]'', however the Seventh Doctor appeared to be aware of the circumstances in [[TV]]: ''[[Battlefield (TV story)|Battlefield]]''.
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* Various incarnations of the Doctor attended the Brigadier's funeral. Paragraphs of the book (without name) refer to the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Doctor being present during the event, and the First Doctor once mentions that all of his incarnations were present at the funeral and behaved themselves, although some arguing did occur at the wake. ([[PROSE]]: ''[[The Gift (ST short story)|The Gift]]'') The Eleventh Doctor is made aware of the Brigadier's death in ''[[The Wedding of River Song (TV story)|The Wedding of River Song]]'', however the Seventh Doctor appeared to be aware of the circumstances in ''[[Battlefield (TV story)|Battlefield]]''.
* This was chronologically the last BBC New Series Adventures novel to date to feature the Eleventh Doctor, the other two novels released at the same time taking place prior to Clara becoming a companion. (A later release, [[PROSE]]: ''[[Tales of Trenzalore: The Eleventh Doctor's Last Stand (anthology)|Tales of Trenzalore]]'' was a short story collection, not a novel.)
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* This was chronologically the last BBC New Series Adventures novel to date to feature the Eleventh Doctor, the other two novels released at the same time taking place prior to Clara becoming a companion. (A later release, ''[[Tales of Trenzalore: The Eleventh Doctor's Last Stand|Tales of Trenzalore]]'' was a short story collection, not a novel.)
   
 
=== Audio release ===
 
=== Audio release ===
 
* An audiobook version of the story, read by [[Frances Barber]], was released by [[AudioGO]], with a play time of 5h, 41min.
 
* An audiobook version of the story, read by [[Frances Barber]], was released by [[AudioGO]], with a play time of 5h, 41min.
* It was released in [[Brazil]] by Suma de Letra as ''Mortalha da Lamentação.''
 
   
 
== Continuity ==
 
== Continuity ==
* Just before using the Once More With Feeling on himself, the Doctor reassures Clara by saying that it's "as easy as falling off a mushroom on [[Mechanus]]". ([[TV]]: ''[[The Chase]]'')
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* Just before using the Once More With Feeling on himself, the Doctor reassures Clara by saying that it's "as easy as falling off a mushroom on [[Mechanus]]". ([[TV]]: ''[[The Chase (TV story)|The Chase]]'')
* An enormous amount of previous companions and their departures are shown as the Doctor uses the Once More With Feeling on himself, including [[Susan Foreman]] ([[TV]]: ''[[The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]''), [[Zoe Heriot]], [[Jamie McCrimmon]] ([[TV]]: ''[[The War Games (TV story)|The War Games]]''), [[Jo Grant]] ([[TV]]: ''[[The Green Death (TV story)|The Green Death]]''), [[Sarah Jane Smith]] ([[TV]]: ''[[The Hand of Fear (TV story)|The Hand of Fear]]''), [[Adric]] ([[TV]]: ''[[Earthshock (TV story)|Earthshock]]''), [[Peri Brown]] ([[TV]]: ''[[Mindwarp (TV story)|Mindwarp]]''), [[Mel]] ([[TV]]: ''[[Dragonfire (TV story)|Dragonfire]]''), [[Grace Holloway]] ([[TV]]: ''[[Doctor Who (TV story)|Doctor Who]]''), [[Jack Harkness]] ([[TV]]: ''[[The Parting of the Ways (TV story)|The Parting of the Ways]]''), [[Astrid Peth]] ([[TV]]: ''[[Voyage of the Damned]]''), [[Amy Pond]], [[Rory Williams]] ([[TV]]: ''[[The Angels Take Manhattan (TV story)|The Angels Take Manhattan]]''), and [[Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart]] (whose death was mentioned in [[TV]]: ''[[The Wedding of River Song (TV story)|The Wedding of River Song]]''). Several more characters are shown and mentioned as well, including [[David Campbell]] ([[TV]]: ''[[The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]''), [[Clifford Jones]] ([[TV]]: ''[[The Green Death (TV story)|The Green Death]]''), [[Nyssa]], [[Tegan Jovanka]] ([[TV]]: ''[[Earthshock (TV story)|Earthshock]]''), [[Yrcanos]], [[Kiv]] ([[TV]]: ''[[Mindwarp (TV story)|Mindwarp]]''), [[Rose Tyler]] ([[TV]]: ''[[The Parting of the Ways (TV story)|The Parting of the Ways]]''), [[River Song]] ([[TV]]: ''[[Forest of the Dead (TV story)|Forest of the Dead]]''), and [[John Benton]], [[Liz Shaw]], [[Mike Yates]], [[Jo Grant]], the [[Second Doctor]], the [[Third Doctor]], the [[Sixth Doctor]], the [[Seventh Doctor]], and the [[Ninth Doctor]].
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* The Doctor previously visited Dallas during [[JFK]]'s [[Kennedy assassination|assassination]], albeit in his ninth incarnation. ([[TV]]: ''[[Rose (TV story)|Rose]]'')
* The Doctor uses Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's name, but changes his rank to Colonel. The Brigadier was a Colonel when the [[Second Doctor]] first met him ([[TV]]: ''[[The Web of Fear (TV story)|The Web of Fear]]''), with another character noting that, at this time, the ''real'' Lethbridge-Stewart is on manoeuvres in Salisbury Plains.
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* An enormous number of previous companions and their departures are shown as the Doctor uses the Once More With Feeling on himself, including [[Susan Foreman]], ([[TV]]: ''[[The Dalek Invasion of Earth (TV story)|The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]'') [[Zoe Heriot]], [[Jamie McCrimmon]], ([[TV]]: ''[[The War Games (TV story)|The War Games]]'') [[Jo Grant]], ([[TV]]: ''[[The Green Death (TV story)|The Green Death]]'') [[Sarah Jane Smith]], ([[TV]]: ''[[The Hand of Fear (TV story)|The Hand of Fear]]'') [[Adric]], ([[TV]]: ''[[Earthshock (TV story)|Earthshock]]'') [[Peri Brown]], ([[TV]]: ''[[Mindwarp (TV story)|Mindwarp]]'') [[Melanie Bush|Mel]] ([[TV]]: ''[[Dragonfire (TV story)|Dragonfire]]'') [[Grace Holloway]], ([[TV]]: ''[[Doctor Who (TV story)|Doctor Who]]'') [[Jack Harkness]], ([[TV]]: ''[[The Parting of the Ways (TV story)|The Parting of the Ways]]'') [[Astrid Peth]], ([[TV]]: ''[[Voyage of the Damned (TV story)|Voyage of the Damned]]'') [[Amy Pond]], [[Rory Williams]] ([[TV]]: ''[[The Angels Take Manhattan (TV story)|The Angels Take Manhattan]]'') and [[Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart]] (whose death was mentioned in [[TV]]: ''[[The Wedding of River Song (TV story)|The Wedding of River Song]]''). Several more characters are shown and mentioned as well, including [[David Campbell]], ([[TV]]: ''[[The Dalek Invasion of Earth (TV story)|The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]'') [[Clifford Jones]], ([[TV]]: ''[[The Green Death (TV story)|The Green Death]]'') [[Nyssa]], [[Tegan Jovanka]], ([[TV]]: ''[[Earthshock (TV story)|Earthshock]]'') [[Yrcanos]], [[Kiv]], ([[TV]]: ''[[Mindwarp (TV story)|Mindwarp]]'') [[Rose Tyler]], ([[TV]]: ''[[The Parting of the Ways (TV story)|The Parting of the Ways]]'') [[River Song]], ([[TV]]: ''[[Forest of the Dead (TV story)|Forest of the Dead]]'') [[John Benton]], [[Liz Shaw]], [[Mike Yates]], [[Jo Grant]], the [[Second Doctor]], the [[Third Doctor]], the [[Sixth Doctor]], the [[Seventh Doctor]], and the [[Ninth Doctor]].
* The Doctor mentions his cheese-making degree. ([[TV]]: ''[[The God Complex (TV story)|The God Complex]]'')
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* The Doctor uses Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's name, but changes his rank to Colonel. The Brigadier was a Colonel when the [[Second Doctor]] first met him, ([[TV]]: ''[[The Web of Fear (TV story)|The Web of Fear]]'') with another character noting that, at this time, the ''real'' Lethbridge-Stewart is on manoeuvres in Salisbury Plains.
* The Doctor keeps a satsuma in his pocket; his [[Tenth Doctor|previous incarnation]] had come across [[Howard (The Christmas Invasion)|someone else who did this]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Christmas Invasion (TV story)|The Christmas Invasion]]'')
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* The Doctor mentions his [[cheesemaking]] degree. ([[TV]]: ''[[The God Complex (TV story)|The God Complex]]'')
* At the Brigadier's funeral, Benton commands the UNIT soldiers, "Five rounds rapid!", which is what the Brigadier said to Jenkins in [[TV]]: ''[[The Daemons]]''.
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* The Doctor keeps a [[satsuma]] in his [[The Doctor's pockets|pocket]]; his [[Tenth Doctor|previous incarnation]] had come across [[Howard (The Christmas Invasion)|someone else who did this]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Christmas Invasion (TV story)|The Christmas Invasion]]'')
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* At the Brigadier's funeral, Benton commands the UNIT soldiers, "Five rounds rapid!", which is what the Brigadier said to Jenkins in [[TV]]: ''[[The Dæmons (TV story)|The Daemons]]''.
 
* The Doctor speaks [[Baby (language)|Baby]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Lodger (TV story)|The Lodger]]'', ''[[Closing Time (TV story)|Closing Time]]'')
 
* The Doctor speaks [[Baby (language)|Baby]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Lodger (TV story)|The Lodger]]'', ''[[Closing Time (TV story)|Closing Time]]'')
 
* The Doctor mentions the [[Roswell crash]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[Dreamland (TV story)|Dreamland]]'')
 
* The Doctor mentions the [[Roswell crash]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[Dreamland (TV story)|Dreamland]]'')
 
* The Doctor refers to Clara hurting the TARDIS' feelings. While trying to enter the TARDIS at [[Caliburn House]] in [[1974]], the time machine refuses to allow her inside. ([[TV]]: ''[[Hide (TV story)|Hide]]'')
 
* The Doctor refers to Clara hurting the TARDIS' feelings. While trying to enter the TARDIS at [[Caliburn House]] in [[1974]], the time machine refuses to allow her inside. ([[TV]]: ''[[Hide (TV story)|Hide]]'')
 
* The Doctor mentions briefly spending time in [[Bethlem Royal Hospital|Bedlam]], and also meeting [[Peter Streete]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Shakespeare Code (TV story)|The Shakespeare Code]]'')
 
* The Doctor mentions briefly spending time in [[Bethlem Royal Hospital|Bedlam]], and also meeting [[Peter Streete]]. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Shakespeare Code (TV story)|The Shakespeare Code]]'')
* The Doctor rediscovers his [[recorder]] in his pocket and plays ''Three Blind Mice''. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Power of the Daleks (TV story)|The Power of the Daleks]]'')
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* The Doctor rediscovers [[The Doctor's recorder|his recorder]] in his [[The Doctor's pockets|pocket]] and plays ''[[Three Blind Mice]]''. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Power of the Daleks (TV story)|The Power of the Daleks]]'')
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* The Doctor finds the [[fast return switch]] on the [[TARDIS console]] and remarks on how he hasn't used it since it got stuck and tried to drag him back to the beginning of the universe. ([[TV]]: ''[[The Edge of Destruction (TV story)|The Edge of Destruction]]'')
   
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
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* [http://mysite.science.uottawa.ca/rsmith43/cloister/shroudsorrow.htm The Cloister Library: '''Shroud of Sorrow''' ]
 
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Revision as of 19:12, September 1, 2019

RealWorld

Shroud of Sorrow was the fifty-third novel in the BBC New Series Adventures series. It was written by Tommy Donbavand and featured the Eleventh Doctor and Clara Oswald.

Publisher's summary

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 Eleventh Doctor dig deep enough into his own sorrow to save mankind?

Plot

After Clara and the Doctor help a ship to fly away from a world covered in a vast, bubble bath filled liquid, they are entailed in an adventure that involves them thwarting an alien's plot to send the whole world into grief. They end up meeting a news reporter and an FBI agent on 23 November 1963, after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, who, along with an army of clowns, help the Doctor to stop the Shroud from draining the world full of happiness.

Characters

Individuals imitated by the Shroud

References

Notes

  • Of the three novels released in April 2013, this is the only one to feature Clara Oswald and marks her literary debut. It is also, to date, the only full-length Eleventh Doctor novel to feature her.
  • At the time of its release, this was the only piece of spin-off fiction confirmed to feature Clara, as neither the Doctor Who Magazine nor Doctor Who Adventures comic strips, nor AudioGO talking books line had announced any upcoming stories featuring the companion.
  • The novel is set on and around 23rd November, 1963, the day Doctor Who debuted, and revisits Totter's Lane. A meta reference to this takes place when Doctor notes that it's Saturday teatime in Britain and "the fun is about to begin." Published in the 50th anniversary year, this is the only original novel published that year to have an explicit tie to the milestone.
  • 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".
  • The wormhole in this story is described as unique; there was a tunnel that needed to be traversed, unlike other wormholes that were instantaneous, there was breathable air, it had a solid area to walk across (though it was described as uneven), it resembled a "dead" Time Vortex, and had the bodies of the Shroud's previous victims spread across its walls. The Doctor mentions that the bodies greatly resembled the bodies of Pompeii. (TV: The Fires of Pompeii, AUDIO: The Fires of Vulcan) People that travel across the wormhole also have a chance of experiencing a mental jump and going through what one of the victims went through before their death.
  • Various incarnations of the Doctor attended the Brigadier's funeral. Paragraphs of the book (without name) refer to the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Doctor being present during the event, and the First Doctor once mentions that all of his incarnations were present at the funeral and behaved themselves, although some arguing did occur at the wake. (PROSE: The Gift) The Eleventh Doctor is made aware of the Brigadier's death in The Wedding of River Song, however the Seventh Doctor appeared to be aware of the circumstances in Battlefield.
  • This was chronologically the last BBC New Series Adventures novel to date to feature the Eleventh Doctor, the other two novels released at the same time taking place prior to Clara becoming a companion. (A later release, Tales of Trenzalore was a short story collection, not a novel.)

Audio release

  • An audiobook version of the story, read by Frances Barber, was released by AudioGO, with a play time of 5h, 41min.

Continuity

External links

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