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August 2019



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Double Drabble: Formalities

Title: Formalities
Author: badly_knitted
Characters: Andy Davidson, Jack, Ianto, Team.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 488: Swear at tw100.
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Now he’s been given the grand tour, there are only the formalities to deal with before Andy officially becomes a member of Torchwood.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
A/N: This one’s a double drabble.

“Welcome to Torchwood, Andy Davidson.” Jack held out his hand for the other man to shake.

Andy quickly wiped his sweating palm on the leg of his trousers before accepting it. “Thanks for having me. I mean choosing me…” He flushed, suddenly flustered; everything was happening so fast. This morning it had been his day off from work, and now just like that he was switching jobs.

Jack laughed. “I know what you mean, but if you’re offering…” He trailed off with a wink, which just left Andy even more flustered.

“So what next? Do I have to fill in paperwork? Swear an oath of secrecy or something?”

“Paperwork, yes; Ianto will walk you through that, he’s a stickler for it. As for the oath, that’s covered in the paperwork; you’ll be required to sign the official secrets act, since what we do involves matters of national security.”

“I s’pose that makes sense.” Andy nodded. “Protecting Cardiff from aliens and all that.”

“Oh, it’s not just Cardiff. Sometimes what we do is in defence of the whole world.”

“Seriously?” That was a daunting thought. Andy glanced at the handful of people around him. “I think you need a bigger team.”

The End


I would have loved it if Andy have had a bigger role in Torchwood.:)
Me too, he was such a great character. Thankfully, I get to make use of him in my fics, which is always fun. I've written several with Andy in recently.

Thank you!

He should of had a crush on Tosh, not Gwen.
Really should have. I quite like Andy/Tosh. I don't understand why anyone would be interested in someone as selfish as Gwen.

We were suppose to see Torchwood through the eyes of Gwen. But I would have much rather it had been conveyed through Jack for a more balanced view of the Torchwood team. It was his spinoff after all.

It didn't have to be exactly like how Rose meet the Doctor.
RTD comes across as a one trick pony, using the same tired old methods of showing a world to viewers. I think of shows like Babylon 5 and Buffy, and the way the worlds the characters inhabited were revealed through all the characters, not just one... As an ensemble show, that's what was required with Torchwood, but instead it was made all about Gwen. It was totally unnecessary.

I totally agree. I can think of other
Sci-Fi shows that handled an ensemble cast effectively as well.

I wish RTD hadn't been so insistent in making Torchwood all "doom and gloom so why bother letting the audience get emotionally invested in these characters".

I don't know if it had something to do with Torchwood having a shorter lifespan than other shows.*shrugs*
If he'd kept Tosh and Owen alive and not killed Ianto, just built on season two, or if Tosh and Owen had still dies but season three had been about rebuilding the team, I think there would have been a bunch more seasons, but you can't kill off most of your main cast in the space of a few episodes and expect a series to survive, especially if you're expecting the least popular character to carry the show. Kill off the audience favourites and you might as well not bother even trying to continue because you'll never get that level of popularity again.

Precisely. In my opinion it was done better on Angel. Even though I hated that everyone dies at the end of a cliff-hanger because the show got cancelled.
LOL they definitely need a bigger team LOL

great drabble
Recruiting Andy is a step in the right direction!

Thank you!
Andy will soon learn to handle Jack's innuendos. Good to see him on board
He'll adjust. Working with Jack, there's no alternative but to get used to him.

Thank you!

A bigger team would have its pros and cons. For now Andy will have to kearn that sometimes a small team can get the job done just as well.

They'll keep a smallish team, but a few extra people will help a lot.

Thank you!