|'The Empire of Glass'
by Andy Lane
'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?
Featuring the First Doctor, Steven and Vicki
*The First Doctor here returns from 'The Three Doctors'
*A Virgin Books 'Missing Adventures' novel
*BBCi also published this story as an eBook on the official website.
*The E-book has an introduction and chapter notes by Andy Lane, plus new illustrations by the book's original illustrator, Mike Nicholson, with a World Distributors annual-style mock cover: