Published on February 15th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
Founded by Queen Victoria in 1879, the Torchwood Institute has been defending Great Britain from the alien hordes for 130 years. Though London’s Torchwood One was destroyed during the Battle of Canary Wharf, the small team at Torchwood Three have continued to monitor the space-time Rift that runs through Cardiff, saving the world and battling for the future of the human race.
Now you can discover every fact and figure, explore every crack in time and encounter every creature that Torchwood have dealt with. Included here are details of: The secret of the Children of Earth Operatives from Alice Guppy to Gwen Cooper Extraterrestrial visitors from Arcateenians to Weevils The life and deaths of Captain Jack Harkness and much more.
Illustrated throughout with photos and artwork from all three series, this A-Z provides everything you need to know about Torchwood.
Torchwood: Undertakers Gift
The Hokrala Corp lawyers are back. They’re suing planet Earth for mishandling the twenty-first century, and they won’t tolerate any efforts to repel them. An assassin has been sent to remove Captain Jack Harkness. It’s been a busy week in Cardiff. The Hub’s latest guest is a translucent,amber jelly carrying a lethal electrical charge.
Record numbers of aliens have been coming through the Rift, and Torchwood could do without any more problems. But there are reports of an extraordinary funeral cortège in the night time city, with mysterious pallbearers guarding a rotting cadaver that simply doesn’t want to be buried. Torchwood should be ready for anything – but with Jack the target of an invisible killer, Gwen trapped in a forgotten crypt and Ianto Jones falling desperately ill, could a world ofsuffering by the Undertaker’s gift to planet Earth?
Torchwood: Risk Assessment
‘Are you trying to tell me, Captain Harkness, that the entire staff of Torchwood Cardiff now consists of yourself, a woman in trousers and a tea boy?’
Agnes Haversham is awake, and Jack is worried (and not a little afraid). The Torchwood Assessor is roused from her sleep in only the worst of times – it’s happened just four times in the last 100 years. Can the situation really be so bad?
Someone, somewhere, is fighting a war, and they’re losing badly, the coffins of the dead are coming through the Rift. With thousands of alien bodies floating in the Bristol Channel, it’s down to Torchwood to round them all up before a lethal plague breaks out. And now they’ll have to do it by the book. The 1901 edition.
Saving the planet, watching over the Rift, preparing the human race for the twenty-first century… Torchwood has been keeping Cardiff safe since the late 1800s. Small teams of heroes, working 24/7, encountering and containing the alien, the bizarre and the inexplicable.
But Torchwood do not always see the effects of their actions. What links the Rules and Regulations for replacing a Torchwood leader to the destruction of a shopping centre?
How does a witness to an alien’s reprisals against Torchwood become caught up in a night of terror in a university library? And why should Gwen and Ianto’s actions at a local publisher’s have a cost for Torchwood more than half a century earlier?
For Torchwood, the past will always catch up with them. And sometimes the future will catch up with the past…
There’s also a brand new audio book, "The Sin Eaters" written by script editor Brian Minchin arriving in June. The synopsis for that reads just: "Alien larvae in a baptismal font mark the beginnings of a terrifying adventure for Captain Jack, Gwen, Ianto and Rhys." That’ll be out on June 4th, and there’s rumblings it may even braodcast on BBC Radio 4 before hand…