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Torchwood - The Lost Files

Torchwood is on British TV again this evening, our transatlantic friends having already seen the new episode; but we've also had three new Torchwood audios over the last few days, broadcast on BBC Radio Four and downloadable from the Beeb's site, featuring John Barrowman as Jack, Eve Myles as Gwen and Gareth David Lloyd as Ianto (which gives you an idea of the setting in continuity).

The first thing to say about them is that, unlike in the three Torchwood audio plays broadcast two years ago, John Barrowman appears to have woken up and discovered how to act without the visuals. All three of the regulars are on form here, and most of the guest cast are too.

The weakest of the three plays is the first, The Devil and Miss Carew, by Rupert Laight, despite the presence of Martin Jarvis on the cast list. The death of Rhys's uncle is linked with a mysteriously rejuvenated businesswoman, and lots of irritating plot points that didn't quite add up (analysed in spoilery detail by beccaelizabeth here and londonkds here and here).

The title of the middle play, Submission by Ryan Scott (a new name to me, I think), is a bit of a cheat - in fact the story is about a mission on a submarine, thus "sub" "mission", as Jack, Gwen, Ianto and Ianto's ex-girlfriend who didn't become a Cyberwoman descend into the Marianas Trench to find the answer to the latest mysterious happenings. It's a rattling decent yarn with an element of ghost story as well, though the ease with which our heroes blagged their way onto the submarine reminded me of the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe taking control of the world's only functioning space rocket in The Seeds of Death, and I have a strong suspicion that not all of the American accents would pass muster. But I was impressed by Erin Bennett as Ianto's former flame.

As with the 2009 audios, the best is the last, The House of the Dead by the usually excellent James Goss, who is on form here. The Torchwood team intervene in a seance at the most haunted pub in Wales; but very little is as it seems, and the regular cast are stretched way beyond their usual areas of performance - including Eve Myles, though her role is secondary to Barrowman and Lloyd in this one. Strongly recommended, especially to Ianto fans.

And all three plays deal in slightly different ways with cheating death, which I suspect ties in to the theme of the new television Torchwood as well. Looking forward to it.

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(Anonymous)
Jul. 14th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
thanks Nicholas!
Hi Nicholas, it's Erin Bennett here, aka Carlie Roberts! I so enjoyed recording with the Torchwood cast and love playing Carlie. I'm so glad you liked the radio play. It was a blast to record, and thanks for writing it up.
Cheers,
Erin Bennett
http://facebook.com/erinebennett

PS here's a link to the radio play:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b012fcym/Afternoon_Play_Torchwood_The_Lost_Files_Submission/
londonkds
Jul. 15th, 2011 10:51 am (UTC)
The "sub-mission" pun is probably a reference to a Sex Pistols song.
drasecretcampus
Jul. 15th, 2011 10:53 am (UTC)
This may be of interest, too:

Afternoon Play - Best Interests
by Sasha Hails.

To accompany today's new series of Inside The Ethics Committee, the Afternoon Play presents two new dramas which get inside the emotional realities of dealing with ethical dilemmas. When a confused young man with no I.D. and a Dr. Who fixation is brought into hospital, the staff have clear rules about how decisions can be made on his behalf. But when he starts to make his own wishes clear, are they right to listen?

Benji ... Gunnar Cauthery Fay ... Clare Perkins Iain ... Simon Bubb James ... Carl Prekopp

with Peter Polycarpou, Gerard McDermott, Jonathan Forbes, James Lailey, Alex Tregear, Susie Riddell and Elaine Claxton.

Script Consultant .... Jim Blair, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust

Produced and directed by Jonquil Panting
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