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Doctor Who: The Shadow in the Glass

(Past Doctor Adventures #41)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  24 reviews
May 17th 1944: A squadron of Hurricanes shoots down an unidentified aircraft over the Dorset village of Turelhampton. A routine operation. So why is the village immediately evacuated?

2001: Troops still occupy Turelhampton, guarding the village's dark secret. When a television documentary crew break through the cordon looking for a story, they find they've recorded more tha
Mass Market Paperback, 286 pages
Published August 2nd 2001 by BBC Books
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Christopher Buchanan
A brilliant and brutal tale of the fall of the third (and fourth) reich. If you're a Doctor Who fan and wear a tinfoil hat, keep a spare set of trousers handy when you read this because you are gonna ruin the ones you're wearing. The story has a pervasive, sombre atmosphere of mystery and doom and the book carries to a cracking good conclusion that actually surprised me with how beautifully it worked. My only complaint would be that the portrayal of Sixy seemed a bit subdued and a bit darker tha ...more
Nicholas Whyte
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it

uniting the Sixth Doctor and the Brigadier in investigating the true facts of alien involvement in the death of Adolf Hitler. It's generally well-researched, but there is a little bit of a sense of historical box-ticking, and a particularly egregious fridging at the end.
Sep 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
There's a neo-nazi group using alien technology, so the Brigadeer gets the Sixth Doctor to help him.
Aside from the fun of the Sixth Doctor getting to work with the Brig and lots of nice scenes between them, this is fairly blah story with only the occasional clever bit to keep you reading.

Susan Brand
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my all time favourite Doctor Who book. A wonderful story that mixes fact and fiction to perfection.

A reporter find something creepy going on in an abandoned village. A village taken over by the military just before D Day!

I love the Brigadier in this book. An older and wiser Brig. He is called in by an ex subordinate when the modern UNIT leader doesn't want to know and the big man at the MOD is acting suspiciously!

At a loose end while is wife is on a girls week away he decides to call
Adam Graham
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an unusual yet fascinating Doctor Who novel that begins with a reporter for a conspiracy TV show investigating strange goings on at a village that has been sealed off since World War II. She finds herself drawn into a massive mystery involving the fate of Adolf Hitler and whether he may have somehow survived and returned decades later to lead a new reich.

This story is just a good thriller. Even without the specific Doctor Who elements (such as time travel), it displays emaculate research
Adam James
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, doctor-who
Why can't all Doctor Who books be like Shadow in the Glass??

Much like Festival of Death, Shadow in the Glass is timey-wimey in all the best possible ways, its twists do not disappoint, and its characters act in a way that are consistent with what we expect from these characters.
Except for maybe The Doctor, who, to be honest, is one of the least important elements of this story. The Sixth Doctor is irascible, and often cowardly, and annoyingly pompous. But The Doctor that is written here by Lyons
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An alternate subtitle to this book should've been the Doctor vs. the Nazi's. I really was not prepared for quite so much of the Doctor and Brigadier's involvement with the 3rd Reich. I originally picked up the book because the Brigadier is one of my all time favorite Doctor Who characters so I was intrigued to read about his and the Sixth Doctor's adventure. Although I could've done without the rather lengthy history lesson in the middle that seemed to go on and on about the final days of Hitler ...more
Benedict Reid
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book, perhaps because it was the first bit of fiction I'd read for a couple of months. But some lovely weaving of conspiracy theories into a sci-fi plot, even if the sci-fi element was a bit shakey (the focus of the plot seemed very much on keeping it consistent with what is know of Hitler's last days).
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely absurd book about Hitler, Eva Braun, Aliens, the Occult, Hitler and the Doctor. Seems right that the Brigadier is with the Doctor on this adventure & it’s fun hokum all the way. Rooted in some research by the authors ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did a non-spoiler-y review for our Doctor Who podcast "Time & Space" here - ...more
Katy Cartmell
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 6th Doctor meets Hitler...

Great characterisation- loved six and the Brigadier - well worth a read! Interesting blend of history and sci-fi. Great read!
Philippe Hyndrikx
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a pretty good doctor who story coming from the dark ages but nicely updated
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The 6th Doctor meets with the Brigadier and has to solve a mystery. This mystery involves Hitler, a crashed spaceship and an unusual cult.

This is a clever story with some very unforeseen twists in the plot. The brigadier as always, is a highlight of the novel, and its nice to see how he works with the 6th Doctor. The Hitler plot is very well done and does not turn out how you would think.

A very good read.
Stephen Hartwell
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who, sci-fi
A strong entry in the series that posits a range of mysteries to do with what happened to Adolf Hitler at the end of the war, and did he somehow survive? After reading of how this book was a last minute replacement to fill the schedule I am very suitably impressed how wholesome and well-written this novel is despite its short gestation period. The authors do a grand job of fleshing out the main characters of the Sixth Doctor, the Brigadier and Claire, and even the supporting characters get some ...more
Jon Arnold
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who, who-2014
The dedication and author’s note will give the alert reader a hint as to why The Shadow In The Glass even exists – it’s a child of circumstance, a last minute replacement to fill a sudden gap in the ravenous two book per month schedule Doctor Who books were on. Essentially it doesn’t exist out of a burning desire to tell a story but to keep the schedule churning over.

Given those circumstances it’s more successful than it has any right to be. It’s Doctor Who does The Boys From Brazil, with all s
John Parungao
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-dr-who
Not fond of the initial opening chapters, with the mix of documentary and the paranormal "ghost hunters" aspect with the imps in the video footage. Did enjoy the conspiracy aspects of the story and the way time travel was used as a means of investigating some of the plot. I also loved the fact that UNIT is treated as an investigative force. This give the Brigadier a reason for being involved in the development of the story, he also has an excellent foil in journalist Claire Aldwych. Having these ...more
reading up on the genesis of this book this one appears to be a stop gap option as the proposed book in this series was late...given that it is a far better book than it would have been.
It started well in fact you find yourself a fair bit into the book before the Doctor or TARDIS appear which allows the plot to develop quite nicely before familiarity kicks in.
It's a book that marries intergalactic imps...Nazis and an element of conspiracy theory a recipe that works as well as you would expect.
I enjoyed probably the last 75 pages of this book and that's it.. Really, that's when the story actually gets going and becomes interesting. The rest is an interminably long set-up that didn't feel necessary. This book could easily have been a novella and not a full-on novel. The Doctor was barely in it until the middle, which knocks it down even more. So, five stars for the final 3-5 chapters, and one star for the first 5/8 of the book for not being a very good Doctor Who novel (it's a great st ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
A very surprising novel. It starts off very claustrophobic and rural-English...and then transforms into an incredibly dense epic spanning WW2, Russia in the present day, and everyone from Churchill to Hitler. It also has one hell of a tragic & twisted conclusion for one of the guest characters...and you never see it coming.

That said, I hold back a perfect rating because I'm not convinced that the 6th Doctor was the right choice for this Past Doctor Adventure. The far more dashing/heroic 5th and
A bit less of the 6th Doctor than could have been here, and an unfortunate sort of throwaway death make this one a little below the bar; Lethbridge-Stewart is great fun to read, but with aliens, Hitler, energy fields and such, this one had a lot going on. The circumstances under which it was written will explain some of this, but maybe it ought not have to be explained. I think this would have made one hell of a two-part story, though.
David Layton
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
So, it had to happen at some point. We had to get the Doctor to meet Hitler. The virtues of the book are that, as with most books and audios about Doctor 6, it is better than most the stories Colin Baker got to act in during the regular run of Doctor Who. The authors use the freedom that novel-writing offers to go back and forth in time convincingly. The plot is perhaps more complicated than it needs to be. There is a nasty twist at the end of the book. Overall, it is quite entertaining.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Awarded this story three stars. Would have been four but I got a bit confused three quarters of the way through, with regards to the aliens, but apart from that I really liked it.

It is always good to have the Brigadier on board for an adventure, and this time was no different. He and Six work well together, in my opinion.

Nice (but sad) twist near the end which I never saw coming.
Simon Curtis
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
Top of the range Doctor Who, with an excellent and cruel twist at the end.
Nathan Whatley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fantastic book given the circumstances of its creation.
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