Torchwood. Protecting the Earth against alien threats in the 21st Century – the time when everything changes.
A Doctor Who spin-off created by Russell T Davies and starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, Burn Gorman as Owen Harper, Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato andGareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones, Torchwood is a high-octane sci-fi thriller, full of adventure, passion, humour and excitement.
The second series saw Torchwood investigating alien sleeper cells; saving a stranded creature from human exploitation; meeting a First World War soldier; and dealing with a memory thief who exposes long-held secrets within the whole team; not to mention encountering charismatic rogue Captain John Hart (played by James Marsters of Buffy the Vampire Slayerfame) and calling on the assistance of former TARDIS traveller Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman).
In Something in the Darkness, noted TV historian Stephen James Walker gives the full low-down on the action, complete with character profiles, cast and production team information, behind-the-scenes details and a comprehensive guide to each of the 13 episodes.
Something in the Darkness is every fan’s one-stop guide to the secret world of Torchwood.
286pp. A5 paperback book
ISBN: 978-1-84583-024-3 p/b
Published 21 August 2008.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephen James Walker became hooked on Doctor Who as a young boy, right from its debut season in 1963/64, and has been a fan ever since. He first got involved in the series’ fandom in the early 1970s, when he became a member of the original Doctor Who Fan Club (DWFC). He joined the Doctor Who Appreciation Society (DWAS) immediately on its formation in May 1976, and was an attendee and steward at the first ever Doctor Who convention in August 1977. He soon began to contribute articles to fanzines, and in the 1980s was editor of the seminal reference work Doctor Who – An Adventure in Space and Time and its sister publication The Data-File Project. He also became a frequent writer for the official Doctor Who Magazine. Between 1987 and 1993 he was co-editor and publisher, with David J Howe and Mark Stammers, of the leading Doctor Who fanzine The Frame. Since that time, he has gone on to write, co-write and edit numerous Doctor Who articles and books – including Doctor Who: The Sixties, Doctor Who: The Seventies, Doctor Who: The Eighties, The Doctor Who Yearbook 1996, The Handbook (originally published in seven separate volumes) and The Television Companion – and he is now widely acknowledged as one of the foremost chroniclers of the series’ history. He was the initiator and, for the first two volumes, co-editor of Virgin Publishing’s Decalog books – the first ever Doctor Who short story anthology range. More recently, for Telos Publishing he has edited the three-volume Talkback series of Doctor Who interview books and written a range of annual guide books to both 21st Century Doctor Who and Torchwood. He has a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Physics from University College London, and his many other interests include cult TV, film noir, vintage crime fiction, Laurel and Hardy and an eclectic mix of soul, jazz, R&B and other popular music. Between July 1983 and March 2005 he acted as an adviser to successive Governments, latterly at senior assistant director level, responsible for policy on a range of issues relating mainly to individual employment rights. His working time is now taken up by his writing projects and by his role as co-owner and director of Telos Publishing. He lives in Kent with his wife and family.