|Doctor Who book|
|Series||Virgin New Adventures|
|Number of pages||304|
|Release date||June 1994|
All-Consuming Fire 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 issue 213.
Editor Peter Darvill-Evans told Lane that Holmes and Watson would become the Doctor's new companions in the New Adventures line. Lane said, "Even when I finished the book it was still on the cards - hence the ambigious ending."
Holmes and Watson reappear in the fiftieth New Adventure, Happy Endings by Paul Cornell, brought into the present to attend Benny's wedding, Holmes subsequently helping the Doctor's companion Roz Forrester investigate recent drug activities. They make further appearances in Erasing Sherlock by Kelly Hale, in the Faction Paradox range of Doctor Who spin-off novels, and in the Iris Wildthyme anthology Miss Wildthyme and Friends Investigate from Obverse Books. Holmes' creator Arthur Conan Doyle appears in the Virgin Missing Adventures novel Evolution by John Peel, where it is implied that he based some elements of the fictional Holmes on the Fourth Doctor.
As well as Sherlock Holmes, the novel includes appearances by Sherlock's older brother Mycroft, who first appeared in "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter", and another yet older brother, Sherringford (sic) along with a cameo from their father, Siger (Siger and the similarly named Sherrinford were 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 Diogenes Club agent Charles Beauregard, from Kim Newman's Anno Dracula and Diogenes Club stories, which are themselves filled with similar cameos. Also mentioned is Prof. Litefoot from The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
- Shadows Over Baker Street, an anthology of short stories that similarly pit Sherlock Holmes against the Cthulhu Mythos
- Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened, a computer game that involves Holmes stopping a Cthulhu cult
- Cole, Tom (17 February 2012). "Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes and our favourite fictional crossovers". Radio Times. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- Wilkins, Alsdair. "22 Cases of Sherlock Holmes in Science Fiction". io9.com. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- Hinton, Craig (06 July 1994 (cover date)). Doctor Who Magazine (214).
- Doctor Who Magazine (213). 08 June 1994 (cover date).
- "Licence to Kill", by Matthew Jones, Doctor Who Magazine #252 (May 1997), p. 30
- "The best (and worst) of Virgin", by Dave Owen, Doctor Who Magazine, #265 (May 1998)
- All-Consuming Fire Prelude
- All-Consuming Fire at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- All-Consuming Fire at The TARDIS Library
- All-Consuming Fire reviews at Outpost Gallifrey
- All-Consuming Fire reviews at The Doctor Who Ratings Guide