Torchwood: The Undertaker's Gift

By Trevor Baxendale

The Hokrala Corp attorneys are again. They're suing planet Earth for mishandling the twenty-first century, they usually won't tolerate any efforts to repel them. An murderer has been despatched to take away Captain Jack Harkness.

It's been a hectic week in Cardiff. The Hub's most modern visitor is a translucent, amber jelly sporting a deadly electric cost. list numbers of extraterrestrial beings were coming during the Rift, and Torchwood may do with none extra problems.

But there are studies of a unprecedented funeral cortege within the night-time urban, with mysterious pallbearers guarding a rotting cadaver that easily doesn't are looking to be buried.

Torchwood may be prepared for something - yet with Jack the objective of an invisible killer, Gwen trapped in a forgotten crypt and Ianto Jones falling desperately in poor health, may an international of anguish be the Undertaker's reward to planet Earth?

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