The Glamour Chase
by Gary Russell

Publisher: BBC
ISBN: 1 846 07988 7


    An archaeological dig in 1936 unearths relics of another time. Another planet. But if Enola Porter, noted adventuress, has really found evidence of an alien civilisation, how come she isn't famous? Why has Rory never heard of her? Added to that, since Amy's been travelling with him for a while now, why does she now think the Doctor is from Mars?


    Amy Pond and Rory Williams.

    Pg 11 On the planet of the Weave.

    Pg 50 On a hill in Norfolk, 1936.

    The Eleventh Hour.

    Pg 8 "He told them of the universe and its 700 Wonders. Of Federations and Alliances, Empires and Dictatorships." The 700 Wonders of the Universe were mentioned in Death to the Daleks. The Federation was seen in The Curse of Peladon and The Monster of Peladon. The Earth Empire was seen in Colony in Space.

    Pg 39 "'What's the indigenous population at?' 'Level 5, I reckon.'" City of Death.

    Pg 53 The psychic paper makes an appearance (The End of the World et al).

    Pg 54 "Always wanted to join the force, ever since she was a little girl. Looks great in the uniform." Amy wears a police uniform in The Eleventh Hour.

    Pg 59 "And you'd be surprised what you can find on Mars, go back far enough." The Ice Warriors, The Ambassadors of Death, The Waters of Mars.

    Pg 67 "The time before, it's a world of dragons and jousting." The King's Dragon.

    Pg 77 The sonic screwdriver makes an appearance (Fury From the Deep et al).

    Pg 81 "After the Atraxi and escaped Prisoner Zero, I didn't really want to bother you with what I got up to every day at work." The Eleventh Hour.

    Pg 94 "It crossed Rory's mind that maybe it was his fault - had he said something, done something, looked at something in the wrong way that had revealed his 'mission'? No, that was daft. He might not have been at the game for long but he'd gleaned enough from the Doctor and Amy not to make mistakes like that. Again." The Vampires of Venice.

    Pg 107 "Poor Rory - thrust into the Doctor's made life of universal criminals, alien vampires, strange nightmares and now this." The Eleventh Hour, The Vampires of Venice, Amy's Choice.

    Pg 121 "Well, no, that was because I wanted to be a doctor to impress Amy, because of you, actually, Mr Raggedy Doctor." The Eleventh Hour.

    Pg 139 "Harry Balfour, Howard Carter, Marcus Scarman, Sinichi Fukimura, Indiana Jones, Gordon Childe, Benny Summerfield, Constantine Gedes and Enola Porter." Marcus Scarman was in Pyramids of Mars and Benny Summerfield was the Doctor's companion in the New Adventures, starting with Love and War, and continuing to her own spinoff series.

    Pg 143 "She was pretty certain that Doctor Griffiths had had more on his mind than psychological counselling when she was 14. She was pretty sure that biting him had been a good move, too. And, of course, she'd been pretty certain that her Raggedy Doctor existed." The Eleventh Hour.

    Pg 148 "Engagement ring. Cost a fortune, so of course Rory doesn't like me wearing it too often. He think I'll lose it." The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood.

    Pg 151 "Don't get too close. I bit counsellors." The Eleventh Hour.

    Pg 162 "Of course they could just destroy the entire planet, which would be quicker and easier and ensure that there were no survivors, but that would bring down the wrath of the Shadow Proclamation." The Shadow Proclamation was first mentioned in Rose and then seen in The Stolen Earth.

    Pg 164 "Then he even hacked into the Shadow Proclamation. When he learned that even the Daleks had a unique name for the Doctor which suggested, if not fear, then a certain trepidation bordering on respect, the Primary made his decision." Rose/The Stolen Earth. The Daleks' name was The Ka Faraq Gatri in the New Adventures and then The Oncoming Storm in the New Series (starting in The Parting of the Ways).

    Pg 170 "That had been his last, embittered, advice before she and Uncle Bertie had headed to Peking to begin an attempt to follow Marco Polo's route through the Far East." This probably isn't actually a reference to the 1964 story of the same name. But you never know.

    Pgs 177-178 "'You abandoned me,' she repeated. 'For years.' 'What, in Leadworth?' he said, remembering the fourteen years Amy had waited for him." The Eleventh Hour.

    Pg 209 "On the right was another more recent Amy, but wearing white - ohmygod, wearing a wedding dress." The Big Bang.


    3, 128, Enola Porter, Nancy Thirman, Chivers, Tom Bensen, Walpole Spune, Christopher Maginn, Hamish Ridley, Marten Heinke, Oliver Marks.


    PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]

    Pg 32 The Tahnn, helmetted soldiers with prune-like faces.

    Pgs 112/117 The Weave, creatures made from wool, who can impersonate humans.

    Pg 11 On the planet of the Weave, 6000 years ago (pg 178).

    Pg 15 The WSS Exalted, 6000 years ago (pg 178).

    Pg 22 Norfolk, 1936.

    Pg 23 Little Cadthorpe, 1928.

    Pg 161 The Tahnn ship.

    IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
    There are some nice mystery elements in here that would have benefitted the book enormously had it not been extremely obvious from the front and back covers that there's alien impersonation going on. Some of the sentences are ridiculously tortured (see the one on page 164 that's quoted above), but there's also a decent attempt to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. The extended TARDIS-crew-free opening actually helps a lot with this, establishing the characters as though this were a New Adventure. And the opening of Chapter 1, up until it comes to a crashing halt on page 20, is truly excellent. But what the hell was the Glamour Chase itself? Your guess is as good as mine. So on balance, this one's... okay.