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Torchwood: October Books Synopsis’ and Covers

July 16, 2009

twbooks_oct09BBC Books have revealed the official covers and synopsis’ for the upcoming Torchwood books that are to be released on 1st October this year. Earlier this year, Amazon.com uploaded draft covers to promote the books, but that have now been replaced the correct covers which can be seen on the Planet Who News Gallery, or below, along with the synopsis’ for each book.

The Undertaker’s Gift by Trevor Baxendale
The Hokrala Corp lawyers are back. They’re suing planet Earth for mishandling the twenty-first century, and they won’t tolerate any efforts to repel them. An assassin has been sent to remove Captain Jack Harkness. It’s been a busy week in Cardiff. The Hub’s latest guest is a translucent, amber jelly carrying a lethal electrical charge. Record numbers of aliens have been coming through the Rift, and Torchwood could do without any more problems. But there are reports of an extraordinary funeral cortege in the night-time city, with mysterious pallbearers guarding a rotting cadaver that simply doesn’t want to be buried. Torchwood should be ready for anything – but with Jack the target of an invisible killer, Gwen trapped in a forgotten crypt and Ianto Jones falling desperately ill, could a world of suffering be the Undertaker’s gift to planet Earth?
Risk Assessment by James Goss
‘Are you trying to tell me, Captain Harkness, that the entire staff of Torchwood Cardiff now consists of yourself, a woman in trousers and a tea boy?’
Agnes Havisham is awake, and Jack is worried (and not a little afraid). The Torchwood Assessor is roused from her deep sleep in only the worst of times – it’s happened just four times in the last 100 years. Can the situation really be so bad? Someone, somewhere, is fighting a war, and they’re losing badly. The coffins of the dead are coming through the Rift. With thousands of alien bodies floating in the Bristol Channel, it’s down to Torchwood to round them all up before a lethal plague breaks out.
And now they’ll have to do it by the book. The 1901 edition.
Consequences by James Moran, Joseph Lidster, Andrew Cartmel, Sarah Pinborough and David Llewellyn
Saving the planet, watching over the Rift, preparing the human race for the twenty-first century… Torchwood has been keeping Cardiff safe since the late 1800s. Small teams of heroes, working 24/7, encountering and containing the alien, the bizarre and the inexplicable. But Torchwood do not always see the effects of their actions. What links the Rules and Regulations for replacing a Torchwood leader to the destruction of a supermarket? How does a witness to an alien’s reprisals against Torchwood become caught up in a night of terror in a university library? And why should Gwen and Ianto’s actions at a local publisher’s affect Torchwood more than a century earlier? For Torchwood, the past will always catch up with them. And sometimes the future will catch up with the past.

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Books: The Ultimate Monster Guide cover and details

February 14, 2009

BBC Books have released information and the cover for the upcoming release of Doctor Who: The Ultimate Monster Guide. The Book is written by Justin Richards, and is the follow up to the three previous books released. The book is out on 8th October and is priced at £14.99.

The ultimate guide to the monsters the Doctor has encountered in centuries of travelling space and time

For The Ultimate Monster Guide, Doctor Who historian Justin Richards has completely revised and updated entries from his first three bestselling reference books – and included a wealth of new material from both the current and the classic series – to create the most comprehensive guide to the Doctor’s enemies ever published. From Adipose and Autons to Zarbi and Zygons, this guide tells you everything you need to know about the many dastardly creatures the Doctor has fought over the 46 years since he first appeared on television.

The Guide also includes behind the scenes secrets of how the monsters were created, as well as design drawings and images. Find out how the Cybermen were redesigned over the years, and how Davros was resurrected to lead his Daleks once again. Discover the computer magic that made the Beast possible, and the make-up wizardry that created the Weeping Angels. Learn how many incarnations of the Master the Doctor has encountered, and which other misguided Time Lords he has defeated…

Lavishly illustrated with photos and artwork throughout, The Ultimate Monster Guide is essential reading for all travellers in time and space!

Books: Torchwood October Books Synopsis’

January 29, 2009

BBC Books have released information about three new torchwood books expected to be released 15th October 2009. Each book will have an rrp of £6.99 and feature Captain Jack, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones.

The synopsis’ are as follows,
Undertakers Gift

by Trevor Baxendale

The Hokrala Corp lawyers are back. They’re suing planet Earth for mishandling the twenty-first century, and they won’t tolerate any efforts to repel them. An assassin has been sent to remove Captain Jack Harkness. It’s been a busy week in Cardiff. The Hub’s latest guest is a translucent, amber jelly carrying a lethal electrical charge.

Record numbers of aliens have been coming through the Rift, and Torchwood could do without any more problems. But there are reports of an extraordinary funeral cortège in the night time city, with mysterious pallbearers guarding a rotting cadaver that simply doesn’t want to be buried. Torchwood should be ready for anything – but with Jack the target of an invisible killer, Gwen trapped in a forgotten crypt and Ianto Jones falling desperately ill, could a world ofsuffering by the Undertaker’s gift to planet Earth?

Risk Assessment
by James Goss

‘Are you trying to tell me, Captain Harkness, that the entire staff of Torchwood Cardiff now consists of yourself, a woman in trousers and a tea boy?’

Agnes Haversham is awake, and Jack is worried (and not a little afraid). The Torchwood Assessor is roused from her sleep in only the worst of times – it’s happened just four times in the last 100 years. Can the situation really be so bad?

Someone, somewhere, is fighting a war, and they’re losing badly, the coffins of the dead are coming through the Rift. With thousands of alien bodies floating in the Bristol Channel, it’s down to Torchwood to round them all up before a lethal plague breaks out. And now they’ll have to do it by the book. The 1901 edition.

Consequences
by Joseph Lidster, James Moran, Andrew Cartmel and David Llewellyn

Saving the planet, watching over the Rift, preparing the human race for the twenty-first century… Torchwood has been keeping Cardiff safe since the late 1800s. Small teams of heroes, working 24/7, encountering and containing the alien, the bizarre and the inexplicable.

But Torchwood do not always see the effects of their actions. What links the Rules and Regulations for replacing a Torchwood leader to the destruction of a shopping centre?

How does a witness to an alien’s reprisals against Torchwood become caught up in a night of terror in a university library? And why should Gwen and Ianto’s actions at a local publisher’s have a cost for Torchwood more than half a century earlier?

For Torchwood, the past will always catch up with them. And sometimes the future will catch up with the past… Featuring stories by writers for the hit series created by Russell T Davies for BBC Television, including Joseph Lidster and James Moran, plus Andrew Cartmel and David Llewellyn.

Books: September 2009 covers and synopsis’

January 9, 2009

BBC Books have now released the information and covers for the set of books to be released this September. The titles for the books are The Taking of Chelsea 426, Autonomy, The Krillitane Storm, each book features a returning character from the new series including the Sontarans, the Autons and the Krillitanes.

The synopsis’ are;
The Taking of Chelsea 426

by David Llewellyn

The Chelsea Flower Show – Hardly the most exciting or dangerous event in the calendar, or so the Doctor thinks. But this is Chelsea 426, a city-sized future colony floating on the clouds of Saturn, and the flowers are much more than they seem.
As the Doctor investigates, he becomes more and more worried. Why is shopkeeper Mr Pemberton acting so strangely? And what is Professor Wilberforce’s terrible secret?
They are close to finding the answers when a familiar foe arrives, and the stakes suddenly get much higher. The Sontarans have plans of their own, and they’re not here to arrange flowers…

The Krillitane Storm
by Christopher Cooper

When the TARDIS materialises in medieval Worcester, the Doctor finds the city seemingly deserted. He soon discovers its population are living in a state of terror, afraid to leave their homes after dark, for fear of meeting their doom at the hands of the legendary Devil’s Huntsman.
For months, people have been disappearing, and the Sheriff has imposed a strict curfew across the city, his militia maintaining control over the superstitious populace with a firm hand, closing the city to outsiders. Is it fear of attack from beyond the city walls that drives him or the threat closer to home? Or does the Sheriff have something to hide?
After a terrifying encounter with a deadly Krillitane, the Doctor realises the city has good reason to be scared.

Autonomy
by Daniel Blythe

Hyperville is 2013’s top hi-tech 24-hour entertainment complex – a sprawling palace of fun under one massive roof. You can shop, or experience the excitement of Doomcastle, Winterland, or Wild West World. But things are about to get a lot more exciting – and dangerous…
What unspeakable horror is lurking on Level Zero of Hyperville? And what will happen when the entire complex goes over to Central Computer Control?
For years, the Nestene Consciousness has been waiting and planning, recovering from its wounds. But now it’s ready, and it’s deadly plastic Autons are already in place around the complex. Now more than ever, visiting Hyperville will be an unforgettable experience…

Each book is priced £6.99 and is released in September

Books: Companions and Allies cover and synopsis

January 9, 2009

BBC Books have released the information and cover (below) for the upcoming book, titled Companions and Allies.

BBC Books say;

The Doctor has been travelling through space and time for centuries, showing his friends and companions the wonders of the universe.

From Sarah Jane Smith and the Brigadier to Martha Jones and Donna Noble, Companions and Allies celebrates the friends that have been by his side and the heroes that have helped him battle his deadliest foes.

Beautifully illustrated and including, for the first time, a complete story guide to the adventures of all ten Doctors, Companions and Allies is the definitive guide to the Doctor’s intergalactic family.

Companions and Allies is written by Steve Tribe and is released on 28th May at a price of £7.99

Books: Torchwood May 2009 Book Cover

December 5, 2008

The covers for the three Torchwood books have been revealed. The books, The House that Jack Built, Bay of the Dead and Into the Silence, are scheduled for release on the 21st May 2009 and should cost £6.99 each.

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Books: Autumn 2009 titles

October 24, 2008

DWM #401 have revealed the titles of 3 books scheduled for autumn 2009

The titles are The Taking of Chelsea 426, Autonomy, The Krillitane Storm
synopsis’ and covers will be posted when they are released

Books: Torchwood books for 2009

October 24, 2008

The titles and synopsis’ for 3 torchwood books to be released 21st May 2009, have been relvealed. The titles and synopsis’s are as follows:

Torchwood: Into the Silence
The body in the church hall is very definitely dead. It has been slicedopen with surgical precision, its organs exposed, and its vocal cords are gone. It is as if they were never there or they’ve been dissolved… With the Welsh amateur Operatic Contest getting under way,
music is filling the churches and concert halls of Cardiff. The competition has attracted the finest Welsh talent to the city, but it has also drawn something else – there are stories of a metallic creature hiding in the shadows. Torchwood are on its tail, but it’s moving too fast for them to track it down. This new threat requires a new tactic – so Ianto Jones is joining a male voice choir…

Torchwood: Bay of the Dead
When the city sleeps, the dead start to walk… Something has sealed off Cardiff, and living corpse are stalking the streets, leaving a trail of half-eaten bodies. Animals are butchered. A young coupe in their car never reach home. A stolen tugboat is brought back to shore, carrying only human remains. And a couple of girls heading back from the pub watch the mysterious drivers of a big black SUV take over a crime scene. Torchwood have to deal with the intangible barrier surrounding Cardiff, and some unidentified space debris that seems to be regenerating itself. Plus, of course, the all-night zombie horror show. Not that they really believe in zombies.

Torchwood: The House that Jack Built
Jackson Leaves – an Edwardian house in Penylen, built 1906, semi-detached, three storeys, spacious, beautifully presented. Left in good condition to Rob and Julia by Rob’s late aunt. It’s an ordinary sort of a house. Except for the way the rooms don’t stay in the same places. And the strange man that turns up in the airing cupboard. And the apparitions. And the temporal surges that attract the attentions of Torchwood. And the fact that the first owner of Jackson Leaves in 1906 was a Captain Jack Harkness…

The titles for 3 more books to be released next october have also been revealed, they are:
Undertakers Gift

Risk Assessment
Consequences

a torchwood encyclopedia has also been scheduled for release the same month.
more information will be posted as soon as we get it

Books: Quiz Book 4

August 17, 2008

The cover for the upcoming release of the fourth series quiz book has now been released. The quiz book that is out on 25 september will include 250 questions entirely on the fourth series. The book will retail at £4.99. The full cover can be seen here and the book can be pre-ordered from our store here.

Books: Space Travels

August 1, 2008

Amazon.co.uk are listing a new book to be released on 25th September called Space Travels. The book includes pop-up, flip-out and flip features. The book’s rrp is £17.99 and the full cover can be seen here.

Books: The Sontaran Games large cover

July 27, 2008

The large cover for the upcoming quick read book, The Sontaran Games, the book is released on 26th february 2009 and is priced £1.99.
The book can be pre-ordered from the Random House Group here.
The large version of the cover can be found here.

Books: 2009 Quick Read synopsis

July 25, 2008

The Random House Group, who publish the new series adventures books, are listing a new quick read book to be released next year. The tile is ‘The Sontaran Games’ by Jaqueline Raynor.

The Synopsis is as follows:

Every time the lights go out, someone dies…

The TARDIS lands at an academy for top athletes, all hoping to be chosen for the forthcoming Globe Games. But is one of them driven enough to resort to murder? The Doctor discovers that the students have been hushing up unexplained deaths.

Teaming up with a young swimmer called Emma, the Doctor begins to investigate – but he doesn’t expect to find a squad of Sontarans invading the academy!

As the Sontarans begin their own lethal version of the Globe Games, the Doctor and Emma must find out what’s really going on. But the Doctor is captured and forced to take part in the Sontaran Games. Can even a Time Lord survive this deadly contest?

Featuring the Doctor as played by David Tennant in the acclaimed hit series from BBC Television.

The book is to be released on 26 February 2009 and is priced at £1.99. A little cover can be seen here (when a bigger version is released I will post it on here)

The book can be pre-ordered on The Random House Group here

Books: April 2009 covers

July 23, 2008

Amazon have now revealed the covers for the books that are due to be released 16th April 2009. The synopsis’ for the books can be found here. The covers for the books can be found here.

Book: Annual 2009, 2 covers?

July 22, 2008

The listing on the Penguin Books website for the upcoming Doctor Who 2009 Annual show a different cover to other online sites, the previous cover which can be seen here shows The Doctor surrounded by Sontarans, whereas the second cover shows The Doctor with the Supreme Dalek, that cover can be seen here.

Books: April ’09 Synopsis’

July 20, 2008

Amazon have listings for three forthcoming books to be released 16th April 09, all books are priced £6.99. The books titles are Prisoner of the Daleks, The Slitheen Excursion and Judgement of the Judoon.

The synopsis’ are as follows (click on the titles to pre-order on amazon.co.uk):

Prisoner of the Daleks
by Trevor Baxondale
The Daleks are advancing, their empire constantly expanding in to Earth’s space. The Earth forces are resisting the Daleks in every way they can. But the battles rage on across countless solar systems. And now the future of our galaxy hangs in the balance… The Doctor finds himself stranded on board a starship near the frontline with a group of ruthless bounty hunters. Earth Command will pay them for every Dalek they kill, every eye stalk they bring back as proof. With the Doctor’s help, the bounty hunters achieve the ultimate prize: a Dalek prisoner – intact, powerless, and ready for interrogation. But where the Daleks are involved, nothing is what it seems, and no one is safe. Before long the tables will be turned, and how will the Doctor survive when he becomes a prisoner of the Daleks? Featuring the Doctor as played by David Tennant in the hit BBC Television series.

The Slitheen Excursion
by Simon Guirrier
1500BC – King Actaeus and his subjects live in mortal fear of the awesome gods who have come to visit their kingdom in ancient Greece. Except the Doctor, visiting with university student June, knows they’re not gods at all. They’re aliens. For the aliens, it’s the perfect holiday – they get to tour the sights of a primitive planet and even take part in local customs. Like gladiatorial games, or hunting down and killing humans who won’t be missed. With June’s enthusiastic help, the Doctor soon meets the travel agents behind this deadly package holiday company – his old enemies the Slitheen. But can he bring the Slitheen excursion to an end without endangering more lives? And how are events in ancient Greece linked to a modern-day alien plot to destroy what’s left of the Parthenon? Featuring the Doctor as played by David Tennant in the hit BBC Television series.

Judgment of the Judoon
by Colin Brake
Elvis the King Spaceport has grown into the sprawling city-state of New Memphis – an urban jungle, where organized crime is rife. But the launch of the new Terminal 13 hasn’t been as smooth as expected. And things are about to get worse… When the Doctor arrives, he finds the whole terminal locked down. The notorious Invisible Assassin is at work again, and the Judoon troopers sent to catch him will stop at nothing to complete their mission. With the assassin loose on the mean streets of New Memphis, the Doctor is forced into a strange alliance. Together with teenage private eye Nikki and a ruthless Judoon Commander, the Doctor soon discovers that things are even more complicated – and dangerous – than he first thought… Featuring the Doctor as played by David Tennant in the hit BBC Television series.

Books: The Storybook 2009

July 10, 2008

The cover for third of Panini’s line of Doctor Who Storybooks has now been released along with the information of who is writing and illustrating the story’s. This follows on after the last two which featured The Doctor and Rose and The Doctor and Martha, This one features The Doctor and Donna.
The information follows:

Hello Children, Everywhere written by Paul Magrs, illustrated by Brian Williamson.
Grand Theft Planet! written by James Moran (The Fires of Pompeii), illustrated by Daryl Joyce.
Cold written by Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead, The Idiot’s Lantern), illustrated by Ben Willsher.
Bing Bong written by Gareth Roberts (The Shakespeare Code, The Unicorn and the Wasp) & Clayton Hickman, illustrated by Dan McDaid.
Island of the Sirens written by Keith Temple (Planet of the Ood), illustrated by Adrian Salmon.
The Puplet written by Gary Russell, illustrated by Andy Walker.
Hold Your Horses written by Nicholas Pegg, illustrated by Jon Haward & Nigel Dobbyn.

The Storybook 2009 will be released in August
full cover here

Books: The Writer’s Tale

July 9, 2008

The information and cover for Russel T Davies’ book, The Writer’s Tale has now been released; The blurb can be seen below

A unique look into the BBC’s most popular family drama, Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale is a year in the life of the hit television series, as told by the show’s Head Writer and Executive Producer. A candid and in-depth correspondence between Russell T Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook, the book explores in detail Russell’s work on Series Four, revealing how he plans the series and works with the show’s writers; where he gets his ideas for plot, character and scene; how actors are cast and other creative decisions are made; and how he juggles the demands of Doctor Who with the increasingly successful Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures spin-offs.

Russell’s scripts are discussed as they develop, and Russell and Ben’s wide-ranging discussions bring in experiences from previous series of Doctor Who as well as other shows Russell has written and created, including Queer As Folk, Bob and Rose, and The Second Coming. The reader is given total access to the show as it’s created, and the writing is everything you would expect from Russell T Davies: warm, witty, insightful, and honest.

Fully illustrated with never-before-seen photos and artwork – including original drawings by Russell himself – The Writer’s Tale is a not only the ultimate Doctor Who book, but a celebration of great writing and great television.

The book is released on 25th September and is a rrp of £30.00. full cover can be seen here

Books: Telos New Guides

July 9, 2008

The covers and information have been released for two of telos’ new guides, Monsters Within a doctor who series 4 guide and Something in the Darkness a torchwood series 2 guide.

MONSTERS WITHIN by Stephen James Walker continues the story of DOCTOR WHO from the 2007 Christmas Special through the end of Series Four. The book is a detailed viewer’s guide to the build-up and background to the show, as well as factual analysis and review of all the episodes. MONSTERS WITHIN will be published in December 2008. full cover here

SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS is Stephen James Walker’s follow up to the bestselling INSIDE THE HUB and looks at the second series of the DOCTOR WHO spin off TORCHWOOD. Like the DOCTOR WHO guide it delves into the background and production of the show and subjects all the episodes to critical review and analysis. SOMETHING IN THE DARKNESS will be published in August 2008. full cover here

both books are priced at £12.99 in paperback and £30.00 in hardback. both can be preordered here

Books: The Time Traveller’s Almanac

June 25, 2008

BBC Books have released the cover and details for a forthcoming book that will be released 25th September this year the will be prices around £14.99

BBC Books have this to say:
Who are the eminent artists of the 16th, 19th or 21st centuries?
How was the Doctor involved in the eruption of Vesuvius?
What are the mysteries of Carrionite science?
Where do the Daleks come from?

Answers to all of these questions and many more are found in The Time Traveller’s Almanac – the ultimate intergalactic fact-finder.

Drawing on resources far and wide, from the beginning of time to the end of the universe, The Time Traveller’s Almanac is the ultimate guide to the world of Doctor Who.

From the Fall of Troy to the Apollo Moon Landing, Shakespeare and Agatha Christie to the Gelth and the Reapers, it tracks key events throughout history and includes tales of great lives, explanations of important issues in science, technology and the arts, and retells the stories that have defined each era.

It explores parallel versions of the planet Earth; counts sightings of Captain Jack Harkness through history; relives the Doctor’s encounters with Charles Dickens, Madame de Pompadour and Queen Victoria; tracks the origins of the Family of Blood, the Chula spacecraft and the Vespiform and focuses on events such as the First World War, the Great Depression and the Battle of Canary Wharf.

Fully illustrated with photos and artwork, and packed with fascinating facts and details, The Time Traveller’s Almanac is an entertaining and essential guide to the universe for any time traveller.

full cover can be seen here

Books: December releases covers and synopsis’

June 15, 2008

The covers and synopsis’ for the forthcoming books that are released on boxing day this year have now been released.

The synopsis’ for the books are as follows


Beautiful Chaos
by Gary Russel
Donna Noble is back home in London, catching up with her family and generally giving them all the gossip about her journeys. Her grandfather is especially overjoyed – he’s discovered a new star and had it named after him. He takes the Doctor, as his special guest, to the naming ceremony. But the Doctor is suspicious about some of the other changes he can see in Earth’s heavens. Particularly that bright star, right there. No not that one, that one, there, on the left…
The world’s population is slowly being converted to a new path, a new way of thinking. Something is coming to Earth, an ancient force from the Dark Times. Something powerful, angry, and all-consuming…

The Story of Martha
By Dan Abnett
For a year, while the Master ruled over Earth, Martha Jones travelled the world telling people stories about the Doctor. She told people of how the Doctor has saved them before, and how he will save them again. This is that story. It tells of Martha’s travels from her arrival on Earth as the Toclafane attacked and decimated the population through to her return to Britain to face the Master. It tells how she spread the word and told people about the Doctor. The story of how she survived that terrible year. But it’s more than that. This is also a collection of the stories she tells – the stories of adventures she had with the Doctor that we haven’t heard about before. The stories that inspired and saved the world…
The Eyeless
By Lance Parkin
At the heart of the ruined city of Arcopolis is the Fortress. It’s a brutal structure placed here by one of the sides in a devastating intergalactic war that’s long ended. Fifteen years ago, the entire population of the planet was killed in an instant by the weapon housed deep in the heart of the Fortress. Now only the ghosts remain.
The Doctor arrives, and determines to fight his way past the Fortress’s automatic defences and put the weapon beyond use. But he soon discovers he’s not the only person in Arcopolis. What is the true nature of the weapon? Is the planet really haunted? Who are the Eyeless? And what will happen if they get to the weapon before the Doctor?
The Doctor has a fight on his hands. And this time he’s all on his own.
full covers can be found here
The books are released on Boxing Day this year and are prices £6.99 each