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When I posted three years ago about appearances of Belgium in Doctor Who, lonemagpie chided me justly for failing to note the very first Who story set in my adopted country, this Eighth Doctor Adventure published in 1999 and set during the Battle of the Bulge around Bastogne. Though to be honest there's not much Belgian about it apart from the weather and the landscape; the extra characters are mainly German and American soldiers, and the rulers of the otherworldly realm reached by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night's Dream and which is threatening to leak into our world here. So it's an interesting Whovian treatment of what I now recognise as a classic fantasy trope, but also an important moment in the character development of poor Sam who has been put through a lot in the last few Eighth Doctor novels and understandably now just wants to go home.

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