Torchwood: Hidden (2008) by Steven Savile

“Hidden” is an odd story in an odd range, a series of ten audiobooks not based on any actual books. That is, these stories were never released in print, they exist only as read-aloud-audiobooks, even though the actual writing is entirely prose and in every sense a novel. This enlivens the actual stories being told…

Torchwood: Border Princes (2007) by Dan Abnett

It’s interesting that the first novel in this Torchwood tie-in range precipitated something the actual series would later cover (a relationship of Owen’s in around 2004 factoring into why he joined Torchwood, in “Fragments”), because this novel much more directly does something a later episode (”Adam”) would do, in introducing a new member of the…

Torchwood: Another Life (2007) by Peter Anghelides

Peter Anghelides writes what you’d expect from this range, at the time three novels published a week after the first series finale of Torchwood, set between the third and fourth episodes of that series. As the raunchier, gorier, ostensibly darker and more mature post-watershed spin-off of Doctor Who, perhaps one could reasonably assume its tie-in…

Neoreaction a Basilisk (2017) by Elizabeth Sandifer

An astonishingly thorough examination of neoreactionism, the strands of thought that led to it, its specific manifestations and ideologies, three men and various media that provide fascinating windows into understanding it, often filtered through other thinkers and media Sandifer herself finds relevant. Sandifer, a doctor who cut her teeth on her unique longform psychochronographic examination…

Guided By The Beauty Of Their Weapons (2015) by Elizabeth Sandifer

A collection of essays, the titular one revolving around the 2015 Hugo Awards controversies, a few circling around similar thematic material, and a few not really related beyond having come from Sandifer or friends. The book is not published anymore, and one is inclined to feel the scrappy assemble-enough-content-and-make-this-eligible-for-a-Hugo vibe, while both a logical and…

The Beguiled (1966) by Thomas Cullinan

A 1966 novel about an injured soldier in the American Civil War slowly recovering in a southern school filled with three women and five teenage girls. The Southern Gothic Americana sort of setting is as appealing and atmospheric as one could expect, and Cullinan makes sure it’s all brimming with subtext, sexuality and repression. The…

Rose (2018) by Russell T. Davies

Like Steven Moffat’s “The Day of the Doctor” novel, Russell T. Davies’ “Rose” isn’t really best characterised as a novelisation. It’s too different, too transformative for that. Davies didn’t rewatch the episode before writing the book, quickly discarded the script, and intentionally altered a lot of the lines he did remember precisely, in the interest…