01/10/2008. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Telos. 279 page enlarged paperback. Price: £12.99 (UK), $25.95 (US), $27.95 (CAN), $27.95 (AUST). ISBN: 978-1-84583-024-3).
check out website: www.telos.co.uk
The Telos Unofficial and Unauthorised Guides are the kinds of books you wish were official and authorised simply because of all the work that is put into them. Thinking aloud here, I suspect the reason why there is no official and authorised out there at this time is because no one wants to compete with them. In the Telos tradition, this one focuses on 'Torchwood' Series Two in all its thirteen episode glory.
The book moves from pre-production and build-up to viewing figures and foreign broadcasts. If I have to be critical at all, then it has to be with the amount of space devoted to viewing figures. Yes, its interesting to know that 'Torchwood' is doing well but having a repeat in the appendix seems to be more of an over-kill.
What should be of interest to all 'Torchwood' fans is the amount of detail author Stephen Walker has addressed in these pages. If you want to track down all the music tracks that were used and listen to them in their entirety you will have a field day. If you need to sort out debates as to how much Who and alien technology is used then you're well catered for. There's even a time-line chapter placing everything in context with the Who series. There are also various sources of comment from the pro and fan press to round off impressions about the series. It really is a useful volume that I suspect most fans will keep on their lap as they re-watch the episodes. The same could also be said for those fancy a bit of sight-seeing around Cardiff.
One odd thing Walker raises concerning a discrepancy in the team's ages by a year looks like something I could answer by referring to last episode of the new 'Doctor Who' series three where the year of the Master was wiped away. Whether it was because the team were stuck in the Himalayas while he was in control of the Earth or everyone has lost a year raises its own question. Anomalies like this have to happen when you tamper with time, especially when you're in the hub (sic) of it. You don't get some time for no time.
Although the appendixes cite the availability of merchandise, there really is little in the way of books about the series so you really ought to grab a copy in its first printing.
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