Plot synopses and cover art for the next three Torchwood reads have been unveiled by BBC books, who will release these prequels to Torchwood: Miracle Day starting this summer, a couple of weeks after the first episode of the upcoming ten-part run is scheduled to air in America.
First Born by James Goss follows fugitives Gwen, Rhys, and their newborn daughter as they hide out in a caravan in a village cheerfully named Rawbone. Apparently some of the townspeople take “an unhealthy interest” in the baby. And of course, this being a Torchwood story, there will no doubt be something to do with aliens in there somewhere. You can find out for yourself on July 21st.
The second story, Long Time Dead by Sarah Pinborough, which takes place in jolly ol’ Cardiff, seems to feature very few familiar characters, as it centers around a fellow named Tom Cutler, who watches intently as the government excavates the remains of the Torchwood Hub. It also looks like we may be hearing from one Suzie Costello again… Interesting indeed. This one will be out on August 4th.
Finally, The Men Who Sold The World by Guy Adams tells the pre-Miracle Day story of CIA agent Rex Matheson experience one of his first encounters with “experimental tech” in the form of imported British cargo marked ‘Torchwood’ that’s been linked to a squad from the CIA Special Activities Division turning rogue and a number of unusual deaths. Release date: August 18th.
When you try to compare what Torchwood novels have been in the past – the further adventures of an agency “outside the government and beyond the police” – to this lineup, the differences are striking. These seem to mostly be one-offs with individuals rather than a whole team, and even more intriguingly, there’s no sign of Captain Jack Harkness anywhere. Without this occasional companion to the Doctor in the mix, it does get a little bit easier to argue that Torchwood is less Doctor Who spinoff and more its own thing these days.
Still, these sound like interesting tales for any of you TorchWhovians out there, and you can pre-order any of the three books from Amazon at their respective links in the paragraphs above for a mere £4.12 (RRP £6.99)!