Slow Decay


4.50 out of 5
(2 reviews)

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Published on: January 6, 2007


When Torchwood track an energy surge to a Cardiff nightclub, the team finds the police are already at the scene. Five teenagers have died in a fight, and lying among the bodies is an extraterrestrial device. Next morning, they discover the corpse of a Weevil, its face and neck eaten away, seemingly by human teeth. And on the streets of Cardiff, an ordinary woman with an extraordinary hunger is attacking people and eating her victims.

The job of a lifetime it might be, but working for Torchwood is putting big strains on Gwen’s relationship with Rhys. While she decides to spice up their love life with the help of alien technology, Rhys decides it’s time to sort himself out — better music, healthier food, lose some weight. Luckily, a friend has mentioned Doctor Scotus’s weight-loss clinic…

Additional information


Andy Lane


Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Rhys Williams, Toshiko Sato

Content warnings

Body horror, Body image issues, Cannibalism, Starvation

Episode timeline





BBC – Novels

Read by

Burn Gorman


Gwen Cooper/Rhys Williams

Series timeline

Series 1


Abridged audio book, Novel

2 reviews for Slow Decay

  1. Syl Verne

    Controversial opinion: While one of the most disgusting/gorey novels of the bunch, this is actually really good and shows the dark sides of society the typical Torchwoodian way. Lots of dark little character moments and mirrors for later show developments (this is, as the previous two novels, all set pre-Cyberwoman); in that way, really meta-rich. And a weird heart-warming tiny subplot, but that just as an aside bc it’s the namesake :’D

  2. Xandra73

    The story is set early on in Season 1, so the character dynamics are not very well developed. But Andy Lane manages to write the characters very much on point anyway. The story itself was very torchwood-style – great horror elements and very entertaining. A story about a mysterious diet pill experiment gone wrong sounds a bit boring at first, but the story was very entertaining and kept me interested from start to finish. The story focuses mainly on Gwen and Rhys and her problems in their relationship which I liked very much. Also Owen gets a lot of really nice and emotional scenes and he’s really likeable – much in the sense of Ghost Machine or Out Of Time, not the like the rest of Season 1.

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