The Torchwood Archives Hardcover – 9 Oct 2008
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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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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.
It is not certain at first who is writing the book, and subsequently got remarkabley confused.
(to clarify) it is supposed to be from the point of view of a person ourside of Torchwood looking in and gathering information. This might be very obvious to many of you but some people may get confused as I did.
The book itself has a LOT of writing, very small bits of detail everywhere and some lovely notes from our favourite characters! There is also a profile of each character in torchwood in the first series and a break down of episdodes from the first and second series (written from the point of view of Jack). There is also little in-jokes and call-backs to various episodes of Torchwood and small allusions to the archives in the episodes
Love it. Would definately recommend to any Torchwood fan
What an amazing book this is!
Presented as a research done by a journalist who uncovers everything about Torchwood.
Compiles everthing any TW fan needs to know!
A must, I asure you. I read it really quickly, not because of shortage of content but because it really absorbed me!
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