The Empire of Glass
Cover Art
AuthorAndy Lane
SeriesDoctor Who book:
Virgin Missing Adventures
Release number
First Doctor
Steven Taylor, Vicki and Irving Braxiatel
Set inPeriod between
The Three Doctors (in the First Doctor's timeline) and Galaxy 4[1][2]
PublisherVirgin Books
Publication date
November 1995
Preceded byMillennial Rites 
Followed byLords of the Storm 

The Empire of Glass is a Virgin Missing Adventures original novel written by Andy Lane based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the First Doctor, Steven Taylor, Vicki and Irving Braxiatel.


The Doctor, Steven, and Vicki land in what seems to be Venice in 1609, where they meet a host of major historical figures including Galileo Galilei and William Shakespeare. However, with the arrival of old acquaintance Irving Braxiatel, Vicki's abduction and the framing of Steven for murder, the Doctor soon finds himself embroiled in the sinister machinations of an alien invasion.

Source materials

In the acknowledgements, Lane notes that this was his own version of Tim Powers' The Stress of Her Regard.


  1. ^ The Doctor's Timeline at The Whoniverse gives support for this specific placement, with the First Doctor's participation in The Three Doctors following The Time Meddler.
  2. ^ Placement between The Time Meddler and Galaxy 4 confirmed by cover blurb.