|Main character(s):||Captain Jack Harkness|
|Main enemy:||The Vam,|
|Main setting:||Earth, Cardiff, 2009|
|Release date:||15 October 2009|
|BBC Torchwood novels|
|The House That Jack Built||The Undertaker's Gift|
Publisher's summary Edit
Agnes Havisham 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!
- In one of the flashbacks, Agnes states that whilst wearing roller-skates in her long dress, she must look like a Georgian State Dancer. The gliding movements of the Daleks were originally based on the Georgian State Dancers.
- This book is also available as an ebook from the Amazon Kindle store.
- Takes place in 2009 after the Dalek invasion (TV: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End)
- Nina Rogers also appears in Bay of the Dead, The House That Jack Built and Consequences and is mentioned in The Undertaker's Gift
- Agnes Havisham and/or Torchwood knew about Daleks in the Victorian Era.
- Agnes mentions the events of TV: The Unquiet Dead.
- Whilst fighting a robotic soldier trying to open a subspace rift above the East India Docks, Agnes says that Torchwood can easily handle a space-time rift and that it is "far from Doomsday", a reference to TV: Army of Ghosts/Doomsday, as this spatial rift would cause Torchwood to build Canary Wharf and lead to the events of those episodes.
- After the loss of the Sea Queen ship in AUDIO: The Sin Eaters, Torchwood have replaced it with the Sea Queen II.
- Jack mentions a colleague at UNIT to whom he is going to upload some data via the Vam. Presumably this is Martha Jones.
- Jack uses an Ice Warrior sonic cannon and the singularity scalpel to kill the Vam.
- Slyrr's comments on females, specifically mentioning the "thorax", mimick Jingo Linx's comments in The Time Warrior.