Torchwood Logo 'Consequences'

by Joseph Lidster,
James Moran,
Andrew Cartmel
and David Llewellyn
Jacket Illustration

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 supermarket? 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 affect Torchwood more than a century earlier?

For Torchwood, the past will always catch up with them. And sometimes the future will catch up with the past...

The Stories:

'The Baby Farmers'
by David Llewellyn

In 1899, a freelance Jack Harkness assists Torchwood operatives Alice Guppy, Emily Holroyd and Charles Gaskell in investigating suspicious goings-on at an orphanage based on the decommissioned hulk of H.M.S. Hades, moored on the banks of the River Taff. To their horror and disgust they discover that the home hides a secret research laboratory for breeding alien babies – a horrifying and unethical operation that has been sanctioned by the seemingly respectable retired Admiral Sir Henry Montague…

Notes:
*Featuring Captain Jack Harkness, Alice Guppy, Emily Holroyd and Charles Gaskell

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'Kaleidoscope'
by Sarah Pinborough

Toshiko is astonished to learn that in Jack’s absence she has been appointed as commander of Torchwood. Her first act in her new role is to lead the team to recover an alien object that has been detected in use near the Fenmere housing estate. Tracking the energy reading to a pawnbroker’s shop, Tosh, Owen and Gwen quickly locate the object, a kaleidoscope capable of changing the behaviour of anyone the device is pointed at – which, thanks to Owen and Gwen, casts its influence on Tosh, boosting her confidence. But as the trio return to the SUV the kaleidoscope is stolen by a gang of hoodies – who in turn pass it on to Danny Dillard, a young boy who lives on the estate with his abusive father…

Notes:
*Featuring Gwen Cooper, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato and Ianto Jones

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'The Wrong Hands'
by Andrew Cartmel

Learning that someone is using alien weaponry to kill drug dealers associated with the Machen Estate, Jack and Gwen set off to investigate. While checking out the dealers’ base of operations in the car park of the nearby ‘Happy Price’ supermarket, they meet a social worker and a frightened single mother – and then Gwen finds herself chosen by a telepathic alien baby to become its new mummy…

Notes:
*Featuring Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones

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'Virus'
by James Moran

Holding Torchwood responsible for the death of his lost son, the father of the alien baby dragged through the Rift to the Machen Estate breaks into the Hub and infects Jack and Gwen with the Kugawa Virus, sending them into a waking coma. Ianto swiftly deals with the intruder – but can he track down the antidote to the virus in time, or will his friends be doomed to a living death..?

Notes:
*Featuring Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones

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'Consequences'
by Joseph Lidster

In an attempt to make sense of her encounters with Torchwood and the mysterious man she calls “Captain Cheese”, student Nina Rogers decides to write them down in the form of a novel, ‘Consequences’. However, there a sinister reason for Nina’s experiences, one that involves an alien book that is somehow linked to Jack Harkness and the Torchwood team of 1899…

Notes:
*Featuring Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones

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Notes:

*A BBC Books 'Torchwood' novel

*Working cover:

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