Trace Memory


3.67 out of 5
(3 reviews)

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Published on: March 7, 2008


Tiger Bay, Cardiff, 1953. A mysterious crate is brought into the docks on a Scandinavian cargo ship. Its destination: the Torchwood Institute. As the crate is offloaded by a group of local dockers, it explodes, killing all but one of them, a young Butetown lad called Michael Bellini.

Fifty-five years later, a radioactive source somewhere inside the Hub leads Torchwood to discover the same Michael Bellini, still young and dressed in his 1950s clothes, cowering in the vaults. They soon realise that each has encountered Michael before — as a child in Osaka, as a junior doctor, as a young police constable, as a new recruit to Torchwood One. But it’s Jack who remembers him best of all.

Michael’s involuntary time-travelling has something to do with a radiation-charged relic held inside the crate. And the Men in Bowler Hats are coming to get it back.

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David Llewellyn


Andy Davidson, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Jack Harkness, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato

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3 reviews for Trace Memory

  1. Lily

    Centres around a new character, but doesn’t quite manage to get you invested in him or his story. It is a fun concept, though, with some interesting villains and a nice look into Jack’s past, as well as a bit of Toshiko’s childhood that I really enjoyed. If you were looking for team content then this doesn’t have much, which means it gets tedious after a while, but picks up later when the plot is fully explained.

  2. Syl Verne

    I’m honestly torn between 3 and 4 stars here bc while the premise is really weak (potential to be epic but only has like 2 scenes actually exploring that a bit, otherwise 99% sad), but on the upside it gives you little insights into the team members’ pasts! Ever wanted to hear Gwen’s and Andy’s first conversation, or some of Ianto’s experiences in his second week (!!) in TW London? Owen’s bit is slightly less unique (and on the depressing side again), but Tosh’s involves a beautiful bedtime story, what more do you want?? 😀

  3. Xandra73

    David Llewellyn definitely is one of my favorite TW writeres and this is no exception. I really, really loved this story. It jumps back and forth through time and keeps you questioning what is going on. The whole idea about when is happening what for each of the characters was really well done. The whole team had very nice character moments, even that the story had his main focus on Jack. And I always love to learn more about what Jack was up to in his past. A real page turner that kept me entertained almost in one sitting.

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