is an original novel written by Andy Lane
and based on the long-running British science fiction television
series Doctor Who
. The novel is a crossover
with Arthur Conan Doyle
's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes
featuring the characters of both Holmes and Doctor Watson
, and also with H. P. Lovecraft
's Cthulhu Mythos
. A prelude to the novel, also penned by Lane, appeared in Doctor Who Magazine
finds himself united with the Seventh Doctor
to solve the mystery of the theft of arcane tomes from the library of St. John the Beheaded.
Susan Foreman, the First Doctor, and the Third Doctor have cameo appearances.
- Holmes and Watson reappear in the fiftieth New Adventure, Happy Endings by Paul Cornell. They make a further appearance in Erasing Sherlock by Kelly Hale, in the Faction Paradox range of Doctor Who spin-off novels. Holmes' creator Arthur Conan Doyle appears in the Virgin Missing Adventures novel Evolution by John Peel.
- Other Doctor Who novels with Cthulhu Mythos elements include White Darkness by David A. McIntee and Divided Loyalties by Gary Russell.
- As well as Sherlock Holmes, the novel includes appearances by Shelock's older brother Mycroft, who first appeared in "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter", and another yet older brother, Sherringford (who was invented by Holmesian scholar William S. Baring-Gould to resolve an apparent contradiction in the Canon).
- Amongst the cameo appearances of existing fictional characters is a mention of the Diogenes Club agent Charles Beauregard, from Kim Newman's Anno Dracula. Newman's Diogenes Club stories are themselves filled with similar cameos. Also mentioned is Prof. Litefoot from Talons of Weng-Chiang.
- In the acknowledgements for The Empire of Glass, Lane notes that All-Consuming Fire was his own version of Tim Powers' The Anubis Gates.
- Bernice would finally meet Mycroft Holmes in the 2008 audio adventure The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel. He was voiced by David Warner.