Almost Perfect was the ninth release in the BBC Torchwood Novels series.
Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
Emma is 30, single and, frankly, desperate. She woke up this morning with nothing to look forward to but another evening of unsuccessful speed-dating. But now she has a new weapon in her quest for Mr Right. And it's made her almost perfect! Ianto Jones woke up this morning with no memory of last night. He went to work, where he caused amusement, suspicion, and a little bit of jealousy. Because Ianto Jones woke up this morning in the body of a woman! And he's looking just about perfect! And Jack Harkness has always had his doubts about Perfection...
Plot[edit | edit source]
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Characters[edit | edit source]
- Captain Jack Harkness
- Gwen Cooper
- Ianto Jones
- Rhys Williams
- Emma Webster
- "Vile Kate"
- Ross Kielty
- Patrick Matthews
- Joe Sterling
- Helena Carter
References[edit | edit source]
- Jack mentions UNIT and his time at the Time Agency.
- There are many references to Martha Jones, Toshiko Sato and Owen Harper.
- Joe's favourite films were Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, the proper Star Wars, and the Die Hards. Emma likes Breakfast at Tiffany's. Rhys enjoys Final Destination.
- Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear are mentioned.
- Torchwood One had something buried under the Millennium Dome.
- Emma's idea of a nice evening in is watching some Friends or Scrubs, drinking wine, and eating Muller Rice.
- Gavin plays Warcraft. Gwen mentions that Owen also plays the game.
- Planets in the galaxy altered by the Perfection include Hallam's World (where Jack visited a Time Agency base), the Min Barrier, and the Province of Sovertial, which used to be barbaric.
Individuals[edit | edit source]
- The device "speaks" with voice of someone the listener admires and respects.
- Gwen remembers when Martha Jones was seconded to Torchwood.
- Gwen thinks Owen Harper has been replaced by "some ice queen".
- Gwen has an Aunt Phyliss.
- Kate has a boyfriend called Maurice.
- Emma has an ex called Paul.
- David Brigstocke works for Radio Wales.
- Dorice hopes to go on a "mucky break" with Harry
Geography[edit | edit source]
- Queen Street and Chippie Alley are streets in Cardiff.
- Districts in Cardiff include Grangetown and Cardiff Bay.
- The Welsh Assembly Anti-Terrorist Barriers, Cardiff International Ferryport and Cardiff International Heliport are all located in Cardiff Bay.
- Jack mentions a nuclear blast in Aberdare.
- A Norwegian ferry takes passengers to Ireland from Cardiff.
- The route is longer but cheaper than going via Swansea.
Businesses[edit | edit source]
- Gwen arrives late to work with a "Greggs pastry thing".
- Realising she is now working with a supermodel, Gwen thinks "Goodbye biscuits, booze and Primark".
- Rhys once compared the Cardiff Ferryport to the Eurostar.
Popular Culture[edit | edit source]
Music[edit | edit source]
- Emma listens Something Kinda Oooh by Girls Aloud.
- Rhys listens to Oasis.
TV & Film[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- This book is also available as an ebook from the Amazon Kindle store.
Continuity[edit | edit source]
- Gwen refers to Ianto being invisible and Gavin mentions MonstaQuest. (PROSE: Pack Animals)
- David Brigstocke is mentioned. (PROSE: Pack Animals)
- Martha was present for Owen and Tosh's funeral. They died in TV: Exit Wounds.
- Gavin mentions there used to be a "fight club with monsters" in Cardiff. (TV: Combat)
- Jonathan Penn is mentioned as a "bloke" who "moved back to help his folks run a cinema". Penn's flat is located at the back of a warehouse and has a leaky bathroom. (TV: From Out of the Rain)
- Ianto mentions that he lost his girlfriend. (TV: Cyberwoman)
- Gwen notes that the last time she had seen Rhys so thin was when he had an alien parasite in him. (PROSE: Slow Decay)