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The Torchwood Archives [Hardcover]

Warren Martyn
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9 Oct 2008 Torchwood (Book 2)

Separate from the Government

Outside the police

Beyond the United Nations...

Founded by Queen Victoria in 1879, the Torchwood Institute has long battled against alien threats to the British Empire - work done in secret, under the cover of darkness. But once in a while, an outsider will find something out about this covert organisation, and Torchwood Archives offers a rare glimpse into what was almost one of Torchwood's most serious breaches of security: an expose that never saw the light of day. Until now.

These previously unpublished writings of investigative journalist Warren Martyn provide in-depth background on Torchwood personnel, case files on alien enemies of the Crown and descriptions of extra-terrestrial technology collected over the years, uncovering more about the world of Torchwood than ever previously known. Discovered by Ianto Jones just before publication, the book was kept in Torchwood as a reference for personnel - and a warning against future security breaches.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (9 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846074592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846074592
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 19.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The first official non-fiction gift book for Torchwood fans

About the Author

WARREN MARTYN is an experienced journalist and broadcaster who has written books on diverse subjects, from the TV sitcoms The Simpsons and Frasier to exposés of the Kennedy dynasty, the long-lasting effects of the use of fluoride in water in the 1970s and a history of North Sea Gas. He won a RTS Award for his BBC3 TV series Digging in the Dirt about Neolithic Life in Britain and an American Emmy for the Lives of the Edwardians special. He lives in South East London.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any dedicated Torchwood fan 24 Oct 2008
This book purports to be research notes into his investigation of Torchwood by a Warren Martyn which Torchwood has prevented from being published and is now locked up in the Torchwood basement as information for employees only.

In fact this book has been compiled by Doctor Who writer Gary Russell (with acknowledgements to other Torchwood writers such as James Moran and Joseph Lidster amongst others) from material from the BBC's Torchwood websites as well as original writing. Rather than being a straight guide to what happened in each episode (Series 1 & 2, and Lost Souls) the book uses fictitious archive notes, personnel forms, photographs, newspaper clippings and staff memos to provide additional background information to each story. For example, we learn that PC Andy is commended for bravery and Jack overrules Torchwood protocols when it comes to Tosh in "Exit Wounds". It would therefore be completely baffling to anyone who has not watched the relevant programme, but it is a real delight to the hardcore fan.

There are many touches of subtle humour throughout, for example, I particularly like "Owen's" and "Ianto's " snarky notes scattered throughout and "Captain Hart's" personnel file. However, Jack does need to work on his limericks. I am pleased that the "Captain's Blogs" from the BBC America site are reproduced as "Ongoing archive files" where we find out some of the enigmatic Jack's thoughts. My favourite line is "Need to requisition a new stopwatch. Old one damaged while moving a desk". And if you don't find that funny you obviously haven't seen "They keep killing Suzie". (Or don't have a sense of humour.)

This book won't give you any insight into what goes into the making of the series, but it does provide entertaining background into the Torchwood world and has obviously been put together with a lot of care and attention to detail. I would therefore thoroughly recommend this to any dedicated fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 1 Mar 2009
As the previous reviewer said this is a beautifully designed, solid and highly entertaining look at what goes on behind the scenes at Torchwood. Rather than lots of information about how the series began and its cast and crew, the book takes the stance that it is a genuine collection of letters, notes, anecdotes and vignettes from the top-secret Torchwood organisation. Made to sit on a coffee-table and be browsed through every now and again; the book just looks and feels so damn good it's not true.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Torchwood fans 22 Jun 2009
Quirky, interesting, mysterious and really witty are just a few keywords to describe this book. Learn more about the aliens, the team (present and past)and Torchwood in general. Get your thinking cap on and discover the world of aliens, secrets and the people who live with them...
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5.0 out of 5 stars torchwood 22 Aug 2009
The only way that I found enjoying each episode of Torchwood is actually reading the episode guide from the book:Some Thing In the Darness,the unofficial and unauthorised guid by Steohen James Walker,then watch the episode,read the guide and then re watch the episode inorder to derive the maximum benefit.This is the best sci fi programme.You need your thinking cap .I CAN NOT THINK OF ANY SCI FI SHOW LIKE TORCHWOOD THAT I FIND MIND BLOWING.Torchwood: Complete BBC Series 1 Box Set [2006] [DVD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars great fun 23 April 2011
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loved this backdrop to Torchwood.Ianto Jones is a unique charactor within Torchwood.If you are a Torchwood season one and 2 fan you will enjoy this.
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