The Empire of Glass was the sixteenth novel in the Virgin Missing Adventures series. It featured the First Doctor, Vicki Pallister and Steven Taylor. It also featured Irving Braxiatel.

Publisher's summary

"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 brings 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 is 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?


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The Doctor

  • The Doctor is returned to the TARDIS after assisting in the Omega affair. The Time Lords erased his memory of the events he took part in, leaving him only vague memories of a dandy and a clown.
  • The Doctor tests the pH of the water in the lagoon, showing that he is wary of pools of water due to a previous incident.

Drugs and medicines

  • Braxiatel gives a drug to Shakespeare that removes his memory of the last twenty-four hours (which is very similar to the drug retcon).

Foods and beverages


  • Shakespeare claims that another man who called himself "the Doctor" helped him to finish writing Hamlet. He asks the Doctor if he has a younger brother who is "tall, with curly brown hair".
  • The sand monster on Dido was called Sandy.

Law and order

Libraries and archives

  • Braxiatel establishes the Library of Saint John the Beheaded.
  • Braxiatel obtains Shakespeare's "lost" plays Love's Labour's Won, The Birth of Merlin, and Sir John Oldcastle.


  • The Sontaran Empire and the Rutan Host have representatives at the Armageddon Convention, but the Daleks and the Cybermen do not.
  • Other representatives at the Armageddon Convention include:
  • The Sontarans have rearranged their solar system (by decree of the Sontaran Imperator) more 'logically', so their sun revolves around their planet.

Time Lords

  • It is suggested vaguely that the Doctor and Braxiatel are related.

Earth locations

  • The Doctor notes that Venice sank beneath the surface of the ocean prior to the 23rd century.




For the Doctor

For Steven and Vicki

For Braxiatel

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