Another Life was the first release in the BBC Torchwood Novels series.
Publisher's summary Edit
Thick black clouds are blotting out the skies over Cardiff. As twenty-four inches of rain fall in twenty-four hours, the city centre's drainage system collapses. The capital's homeless are being murdered, their mutilated bodies left lying in the soaked streets around the Blaidd Dwrg nuclear facility.
Tracked down by Torchwood, the killer calmly drops eight storeys to his death. But the killings don't stop. Their investigations lead Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Toshiko Sato to a monster in a bathroom, a mystery at an army base and a hunt for stolen nuclear fuel rods. Meanwhile, Owen Harper goes missing from the Hub, when a game in Second Reality leads him to an old girlfriend...
Something is coming, forcing its way through the Rift, straight into Cardiff Bay.
- Captain Jack Harkness
- Gwen Cooper
- Toshiko Sato
- Owen Harper
- Ianto Jones
- PC Jimmy Mitchell
- Rico Celi
- Guy Wildman
- Jennifer Fallon
- Dr Megan Tegg
- Betty Jenkins
- Sergeant Anthony Bee
- Lt-Colonel Daniel Yorke
- Major Robert De'Ath
- Private Ross Foxton
- Private Sujit Kandahal
- Sergeant Sandra Applegate
- Private John-Paul Wisniewski
- Dr Amit Majunath
- Roberta Nottingham
- Jonathan Meadows
Second Reality characters Edit
- Glendower Broadsword
- Egg Magnet
- Penny Pasteur
- Walter Pendulum
- Cap'n Ian Sharkchum
- Harley Hydrurga
- Brenda Simone
- Brad Kominsky
- Jack mentions UNIT.
- Jack asks Tosh to do a search on "UK hospital examinations or autopsies containing info about binary vascular system".
- A radiation sponge can absorb six types of radiation.
- Torchwood traps a radiance sprite.
- Guy Wildman has an Amyris elemifera plant.
- The virtual world has an avatar called Andy Murray.
- "Chasing Cars" plays in the virtual world.
- Sandy says Guy is in Dahab.
- Owen mentions Gene Pitney.
- Owen gets the nickname Harry Ramsden.
- Jack mentions Joseph Grantham.
- Levall-Mellon was a construction company.
- Rhys Williams owns Matrix Reloaded.
- Mermaid Quay is in Cardiff.
- Gwen used to work with Morrison.
- Penarth Road is in Cardiff.
- Owen Harper owns a Porsche Boxster.
- L85 IW was a type of SA80 rifle.
- This is the first Torchwood novel.
- The online community Owen joins, Second Reality, is based upon the real-life online world, Second Life and features many similarities to the real-world version, including a "time out" area for misbehaving avatars similar in nature to Second Life's infamous "Cornfield" region, and the common practice of individuals choosing avatars of the opposite sex.
- The book's title is also a play on the name Second Life.
- This book is also available as an ebook from the Amazon Kindle store.
- The audiobook abridgment of this book omits the entire Second Life subplot, making Owen's sudden decision to visit Megan Tegg and recruit her extremely bewildering.
- At this point, Gwen is the only current team member who is aware that Jack cannot die. (TV: Everything Changes)
- The Blaidd Drwg nuclear facility is seen. (TV: Boom Town)
Audio release Edit
- The story was released as an audiobook on 3x CD read by John Barrowman.
- The audiobook is also available as a download from the AudioGo website.
- Official Another Life page at Penguin Books
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Another Life at The Whoniverse