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Torchwood: top secret cardiff based agency who protect the country from aliens and alien technology, and from the latter being misused. Most of it comes through a time rift in the city.

Recently finished it's first thirteen episode run on the bbc, and now we have some novels featuring the main characters.

So how does the show translate to prose?

Interestingly well. These are larger books than the doctor who ones, and have smaller print, although the page count is the same. And just the show, they feature sex violence and swearing, so don't put them alongside the doctor who books in the childrens section, wh smith!

They feel like grown up books, more so than the original doctor who novels that came out from 1991-2005 ever did. It did take me a little while to get into this book, but once I was on page 100 it really clicked.

A lot of exposition which is well handled introduces the characters, who are all well realised. Captain jack in particular comes over very well on the page when he isn't the viewpoint character. And there's some interesting back story for team member owen, and a look at parts of the torchwood base we never saw on screen.

The plot involves creatures and technology that came through the rift being misused. It would be a good but average tv episode, but in prose form it really took off and read very well.

I don't know if this would get you hooked on the tv show, but I enjoyed reading it, and will be getting the other ones
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