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Shroud of Sorrow
Shrowd of Sorrow
Doctor: Eleventh Doctor
Companion(s): Clara
Main enemy: The Shroud
Main setting: Dallas, 23 November 1963; Semtis
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Books (UK), Broadway Paperbacks (US)
Writer: Tommy Donbavand
Read by: Frances Barber
Release details
Release date: 8 April 2013
Format: Hardback (UK)
Paperback (US)
ISBN 978-1-84990-576-3
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Shroud of Sorrow was one of three Eleventh Doctor novels published in April 2013 and the first to feature Clara Oswald.

Publisher's summary Edit

23 November 1963

It is the day after John F. Kennedy's assassination and the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his late father in the mists along Totter's Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane.

The faces begin to talk and scream and push through into our world as the alien Shroud begins to feast on the grief of a world in mourning. Can the Eleventh Doctor dig deep enough into his own sorrow to save mankind?

Plot Edit

After Clara and the Doctor help a ship to fly away from a world covered in a vast, bubble bath filled liquid, they are entailed in an adventure that involves them thwarting an alien's plot to send the whole world into grief. They end up meeting a news reporter and an FBI agent on 23 November 1963, after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, who, along with an army of clowns, help the Doctor to stop the Shroud from draining the world full of happiness.

Characters Edit

Individuals imitated by the Shroud Edit

References Edit

Notes Edit

  • Of the three novels released in April 2013, this is the only one to feature Clara Oswald and marks her literary debut. It is also, to date, the only Eleventh Doctor novel to feature her.
  • At the time of its release, this was the only piece of spin-off fiction confirmed to feature Clara, as neither the Doctor Who Magazine nor Doctor Who Adventures comic strips, nor AudioGO talking books line had announced any upcoming stories featuring the companion.
  • The novel is set on and around 23rd November, 1963, the day Doctor Who debuted, and revisits Totter's Lane. A meta reference to this takes place when Doctor notes that it's Saturday teatime in Britain and "the fun is about to begin." Published in the 50th anniversary year, this is the only original novel published that year to have an explicit tie to the milestone.
  • A character in this book, Reg Cranfield, is a policeman patrolling Totter's Lane, and is named for the actor who played the policeman at the beginning of "An Unearthly Child".
  • The wormhole in this story is described as unique; there was a tunnel that needed to be traversed, unlike other wormholes that were instantaneous, there was breathable air, it had a solid area to walk across (though it was described as uneven), it resembled a "dead" Time Vortex, and had the bodies of the Shroud's previous victims spread across its walls. The Doctor mentions that the bodies greatly resembled the bodies of Pompeii. (TV: The Fires of Pompeii, AUDIO: The Fires of Vulcan) People that travel across the wormhole also have a chance of experiencing a mental jump and going through what one of the victims went through before their death.
  • Various incarnations of the Doctor attended the Brigadier's funeral. Paragraphs of the book do (without name) refer to the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Doctor being present during the event.
  • This was the last BBC New Series Adventures novel featuring the Eleventh Doctor.

Audio release Edit

  • An audiobook version of the story, read by Frances Barber, was released by AudioGO, with a play time of 5h, 41min.


  • Was released in Brazil by Suma de Letra as Mortalha da Lamentação.

Continuity Edit

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