Not The Man From Atlantis came from a vague idea about Jack having sex
with an alien – other than the one he REALLY wants to have sex with.
The thought of a naked green man with webbed hands and feet coming out
of the bay and walking across Roald Dahl Plas just popped into being.
The idea of Jack ‘catching’ the ability to grow webbed hands
and feet like a sexually transmitted disease was a very adult idea. It
occurred to me that Jack was almost certainly not daft enough to have
sex with anyone without using a condom so the contagion was through Terry’s
perspiration. It’s possibly NOT quite scientifically accurate. I
don’t think perspiration CAN be absorbed by another person, no matter
how close they are. But the idea seemed to fit nicely.
Again it is obvious that this predates the Countrycide
episode of the TV series. Owen jealous of the two women going out to the
pub together and Jack’s ‘rule’ about not having sex
with the people he works with both go by the wayside by the end of the
series when Gwen and Owen have had a fling and Ianto and Jack are casual
The end part of the story does get a little less hard-hitting
Torchwood, as they take Terry on a tour of Cardiff before the tearful
farewell. It is a tad self-indulgent, but it seems to have worked. Again,
well received by readers who appreciated a nice alien for a change.