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Dissected was the thirty-sixth story in the Torchwood audio series by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Tim Foley and featured Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones and Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper.

Notably, this was Freema's debut in a Big Finish audio story, although she had previously played Martha in audio in the BBC Torchwood story Lost Souls, released in 2008.

Publisher's summary[]

Gwen Cooper turns up on Martha Jones's doorstep with a dead body in tow. She needs to ask one final favour of her. And to find out why they stopped being friends.

A lot's happened to Torchwood since Martha left. A lot's happened to Martha since she left Torchwood. And there's something very odd about the dead body Gwen's brought with her.

Tonight Gwen's going to be getting more answers than she bargained for.


Gwen arrives at a UNIT victim-retrieval station in Hereford in the Torchwood SUV, taking a corpse to Martha for her to perform an autopsy on. Martha believes that he is entirely unrelated to the crash of an automated research ship two miles away, but Gwen is unconvinced and uses a Haxan scanner to show that he is showing signs of life. Martha's technology, however, does not.

Martha examines the body and sees that his skull is fractured, also pointing out that Gwen's scanner is hypersensitive and possibly registering his skin as still alive. Gwen hears the body speak, but Martha explains that it was likely to be gas escaping his body, and sees maggots inside of him. Martha admits that this is strange. Using UNIT technology, she is able to identify the body as being Jonathan Dee.

After receiving a call from Sergeant Kelly, Martha finds that the body's DNA has changed, now registering as Dee and Gwen, and puts the base into lockdown. Her scissors disappear and she accuses Gwen of taking them, leading to Gwen accusing her of being a different person. Testing her, Gwen asks her to name Rhys, which she struggles with, and Martha counters by asking her the names her mother and sister. When Tom comes up, Martha tells Gwen that they had broken up.

Martha says that the body should have blue feet and subtly has Gwen go with her to the observation room, telling her that the body is listening to them and adapting to become the perfect body, apologising for not believing Gwen sooner. The body stands and goes after them, Martha believing that a chameleon had absorbed Jonathan Dee. She activates the stasis mist and, escaping with Gwen, blows up the station with the chameleon inside.

Gwen suggests that Martha pretend that she died in the fire and "go freelance", with the option of returning to UNIT should she ever change her mind. She agrees, saying that they should visit Dee's parents and planning to ask a friend to join her in going off the grid. The chameleon fades away, saying "disappear".




Martha cites her separation from Tom Milligan as being the reason she did not attend the Torchwood Christmas party the year before (2008). If this is true, then it would cause a continuity error with Series 4 of Doctor Who wherein Martha was still claiming to be engaged to Tom in early 2009.


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