The Darkness of Glass was the second story in the fourth series of the Fourth Doctor Adventures, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Justin Richards and featured Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor and Louise Jameson as Leela.
Cut off from the TARDIS, the Doctor and Leela find themselves stranded on a small island. But they are not alone. It is 1907, and members of the Caversham Society have gathered on the hundredth anniversary of the death of Mannering Caversham, the greatest Magic Lanternist who ever lived.
But Caversham was also a supernaturalist who claimed to have conjured up a demon from the depths of hell. As people start to die, the Doctor begins to wonder if Caversham's story might have more than a grain of truth in it. Can the Doctor and Leela discover what really happened to Caversham a century ago? And if they do, will they live to tell the tale..?
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- The Doctor - Tom Baker
- Leela - Louise Jameson
- Professor Oliver Mortlake - Mark Lewis Jones
- Joseph Holman - Julian Wadham
- Mary Summersby - Sinead Keenan
- David Lacey - Rory Keenan
- K9 remains in the TARDIS as the water would not agree with his circuits.
- Joseph Holman believes that the Doctor and Leela are theatrical performers due to their clothing.
- Mannering Caversham died on 15 November 1807.
- The idea for this story came from a line in the T.S. Eliot poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock": "...as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen". The original title was A Pattern of Nerves. (VOR 72)
- The Doctor and Leela both mention Fang Rock. (TV: Horror of Fang Rock)
- Leela notes that she has previously visited Britain. (TV: The Talons of Weng-Chiang, Horror of Fang Rock; AUDIO: The Foe from the Future, Destination: Nerva, The Wrath of the Iceni, Trail of the White Worm / The Oseidon Adventure, The Ghosts of Gralstead, The Devil's Armada)
- Leela refers to the Sevateem. (TV: The Face of Evil)
- Leela reminds the Doctor that he taught her that there is no such thing as magic. (TV: Horror of Fang Rock)
- The Doctor states that he is a doctor of just about everything. (TV: Spearhead from Space, Utopia)
- The Doctor once again claims that he has been everywhere. (AUDIO: The Exxilons)