He's been through so many near-death situations that this one just feels familiar. Like maybe it's his time now, finally, to die. He's almost alright with it.
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He's been through so many near-death situations that this one just feels familiar. Like maybe it's his time now, finally, to die. He's almost alright with it.
Words: 1605, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English
There was so much he wanted to show his daughter, so much he wanted to teach her. What if the Doctor remembered something he could do before it was too late? AU ending of The Doctor's Daughter
Words: 1842, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English
Yuanfen is a Chinese word, meaning “a relationship by fate or destiny.” Destiny can tie us together, or rip us apart, but we seem to try to remember only the former of the two. Or at least, Rose does. The Doctor on the other hand seems to only remember the latter. But, what if regardless, someone was able to change that destiny? Then what would happen?
Words: 5525, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English
Ending its television run back in 2011 after its fourth series ‘Miracle Day’, Torchwood entered a strange limbo. Though the BBC teased us with the occasional radio play or tie-in novel, no details were forthcoming on the possibility of a fifth series.
Since then, Big Finish has acquired the license and kicked off a run of monthly Torchwood audio stories. The series has generally looked more to the past than future: exploring Torchwood’s role in history and revisiting old characters. A handful of special releases also gave us some more adventures with the Torchwood we met on television.
But there have been hints that the story of Torchwood is not yet finished. An ongoing subplot in several stories saw Gwen and Rhys working to rebuild the now-defunct institute. Even an MIA Captain Jack got in on the act briefly, though he was there more in spirit than body. In ‘Aliens Among Us’, Torchwood finally gets the fifth series it was denied on TV and we get to see what happens next.
Ace reporter Tyler Steele (yes, really) is on the hunt of a conspiracy to target refugees. Instead he finds a Welsh woman with road rage, drones with flamethrowers and a spacetime rift with indigestion. And that’s just the first 15 minutes! It’s fair to say that the fabled fifth series puts its best foot forward. With most of the focus on Tyler, I was expecting him to slot into Gwen’s rookie role from the original show. But the story takes him a different direction. Whereas Gwen came in and helped the team rediscover their humanity, Tyler is a disgraced journalist. His past was not one of trying to help people, he’s in it for the fame and the money. Teaming him up with Jack, who we’ve seen grow from an amoral con artist to world-weary hero, was a great way to establish their contrast. Meanwhile, we meet Mr. Colchester (who we technically first met in ‘The Torchwood Archive‘) with his dry wit. Torchwood has a chequered past with civil servants, but Colchester avoids the bumptious bureaucrat cliché. In fact, he’s quickly become my favourite character!
All this is set against a very timely story about hate crimes and immigration. A homespun terrorist group is emerging and targeted refugee centres. And with Torchwood not around to monitor the rift, who knows what galactic riff-raff have entered Cardiff! It’s a great first outing for this new Torchwood dynamic, capped off with a wonderfully executed twist at the end. One that totally changes how you listen to the other stories.
The Torchwood team attend the hen night from hell. After a mix-up with some man-meat, they end up towing a boozy alien bride-to-be across the city. It must be said that Paul Clayton and Alexandria Riley have some great chemistry and really sell their team dynamic. As a story, it’s reminiscent of Torchwood’s earlier TV outings with an added sense of comedy unique to Big Finish. Goss blends humour and horror in a really entertaining way, each one enhancing the other at just the right moments. Remarkably, it avoids ever becoming farcical, which it so easily could have. It’s a chilling romp of a story.
However, this story gets incredibly busy and a lot of stuff has to be told rather than shown. At one point, Gwen is robbing an office with an alien bride while Mr. Colchester catches up on the news. He then has to explain to Gwen (and the audience) things that have happened off-screen. This wouldn’t be a problem except they’re things that tie directly into the overall series arc. I think it may have helped to give Red Doors a figurehead character so we could see these events taking place for ourselves. Nevertheless, it’s a non-stop thriller with the unlikeliest likable antagonist.
Juno Dawson takes over writing duties for the third story of the series. We meet the eponymous Orr, a genetically-engineered sexual psycho-morph. Beings like Orr instinctively shapeshift to best suit whatever the person they’re with desires most. So you can guess what a weird time Orr has with the Captain. When Orr ends up absconding from Sorvix bigwigs, Torchwood steps in to help. But time is short and the whole of Cardiff risks being caught in the crossfire. I can’t go into too much detail on the story without giving the best bits away.
This is an excellent story to both introduce a compelling new character and expand on the series arc. Up to this point, our encounters with the Sorvix have been spoilt brats and their human enablers. Now we see first-hand just how ruthless and calculating they are. Dawson really dives into Orr’s personality and quickly establishes a firm bond with Captain Jack. Meanwhile, Gwen is having a difficult time (again, spoilers!) and we see more of how she’s changed since the TV days. In the midst of this action-packed release, a slower story to deal with the character-driven subplots was a great move.
Having overseen the demolition of a large chunk of Cardiff, the Sorvix open a high-tech, alien-only hotel on the rubble. Naturally, the ousted citizens of Cardiff are none too pleased and a series of murders means that Torchwood isn’t far behind. Benedict has taken the opportunity to really let her imagination run wild with the innards of an alien hotel. It’s the perfect setting for a Torchwood story as our incognito heroes must blend in with the weirdness. The resolution gives Paul Clayton another great moment that delves into Mr. Colchester’s snarky friendship with Jack. Orr and Gwen also share some really great scenes together which strike an impressive balance between comedy and drama. Again, a balance is struck that plays a potentially farcical moment with absolute sincerity.
As with the previous stories, this script makes incisive points about economic disparity and class. But this one probably tackles it head-on, contrasting the opulent smart-hotel with the dispossessed masses divided only by a fence. It’s an interesting subversion when a lot of modern sci-fi depicts humans as the barrier to intergalactic integration. I’m intrigued to see how this theme develops in future episodes!
Just as Gwen and Rhys rebuilt Torchwood the Institute, Big Finish has rebuilt Torchwood the series. In only four stories, Goss, Dawson and Benedict create a rich set of characters to lead the new team. The friendships, frictions, and dynamics among them develop quickly but naturally. I was pleased to hear that Torchwood is not yet up to its full strength, with an unstable rift to look after, as it makes the whole situation feel more fragile.
The format is an interesting mix of episodic adventures but with a distinct ongoing arc that progresses with each story. In that regard, it’s reminiscent of the Russell T Davies era but with more focus than the monster-of-the-week approach. I think it’s a really nice balance for those who are fans of early Torchwood and those who prefer the later years. That said, it felt like Jack was a bit sidelined in these four stories so I hope he gets a little more focus later on.
As the opening gambit to the continuing adventures of Torchwood, it’s a very strong start! I’m just glad that we only have to wait until October and February to get the next chapters (hey, it’s better than the six years since ‘Miracle Day’!). But from just what we’ve heard so far, fans of Torchwood will agree that this is the treatment it deserves in its fifth series.
We do our best to keep these reviews as spoiler-free as possible. But if we want to really dig in to a topic, it helps to be specific. So scroll to the bottom of this page or click here to read our super secret spoiler talk!
This title was released in August 2017. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until October 31st 2017, and on general sale after this date.
Big Finish picks up the events after Miracle Day with Torchwood: Aliens Among Us…
Captain Jack and Gwen Cooper have restarted Torchwood. But it’s in a very different Cardiff. Something terrible’s happened to the city. With every day getting darker, will Torchwood need to adopt a whole new approach?
5.1 Changes Everything by James Goss
Tyler Steele has washed up in Cardiff looking for a fresh start. A disgraced journalist, he’s looking into the Red Doors movement – are they really behind the terrorist attacks on immigrants? Who is stirring up the racism and hatred in the city, and what does outsourcing contractor 3Sol have to do with it? Tyler finds out that Torchwood – a secret organisation that everyone thought long gone – is back in business. Tyler realises that this is the second chance he’s been looking for, and he’ll do anything to be a part of it.
5.2 Aliens & Sex & Chips & Gravy by James Goss
Has Cardiff really been invaded by aliens? Tyler thinks he’s found a lead – the daughter of the mysterious Ro-Jedda is getting married and has booked a private party. If Torchwood can infiltrate it, there’s a chance they’ll end up closer to the truth. Free bar, canapes, and the chance to find out what’s really going on. What could possibly go wrong? Soon Torchwood are on the run for their lives, and learning more than they ever wanted to about alien life.
5.3 Orr by Juno Dawson
Vincent Parry is the most successful property developer in Cardiff. A while ago he made an agreement with the mysterious Ro-Jedda, and it is an arrangement he has come to bitterly regret. Something has to be done – but it’s going to cost him everything he loves. With time running out for Cardiff, Torchwood encounter an alien who knows them only too well.
5.4 Superiority Complex by AK Benedict
Poverty and homelessness are on the rise in Cardiff. The streets are full of the desperate and the dispossessed. So, of course, it’s the right time to open a 7-star luxury, all-inclusive hotel. And, naturally, the hotel is for aliens only. As the humans stand outside the gates and look hungrily in, there’s one thing that makes them smile. Someone is murdering the guests.
Written By: James Goss, Juno Dawson, AK Benedict
Directed By: Scott Handcock
John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Kai Owen (Rhys Williams), Tom Price (Sgt Andy Davidson), Paul Clayton (Mr Colchester), Alexandria Riley (Ng), Jonny Green (Tyler Steele), and Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper)
Stephen Critchlow (The Mayor), Rachel Atkins (Ro-Jedda), Ruth Lloyd (Vorsun), Sophie Colquhoun (Madrigal), Rhian Marston-Jones (Quenel), Lu Corfield (Brongwyn), Rhys Whomsley (Osian), Sharon Morgan (Mary Cooper), David Sibley (Vincent Parry), Sam Béart (Catrin Parry), Anthony Boyle (Hotel Manager), Sam Jones (Toobert Jailert), Wilf Scolding (Personal Trainer)
Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners
Produced by James Goss
Script edited by Scott Handcock
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
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While the ongoing subplot between Gwen and Alexandria Riley’s character is a dramatic one, the execution left me a little confused. The first episode sets up the reveal that Riley is playing Gwen to be a surprise. And it is. Mainly because, other than being Welsh, Riley sounds nothing like Eve Myles. This has nothing to do with Riley’s performance, she’s a fine actor and does a terrific job. But nobody could mistake the two for one another in voice.
Since Riley’s on the cover art, mimicking Gwen’s stance, I assumed that she looked and sounded different. But had somehow hypnotised those around her not to notice. Since Not-Gwen and Jack don’t come face-to-face with until the final story, I was under the impression she was avoiding him as he could see through the ruse. But later scenes make it clear that Not-Gwen is inhabiting Gwen’s body, and Jack sees nothing amiss when they meet up over cherry bakewells. So why is the voice different?
It’s an exciting subplot and I can’t wait to find out how this happened and where it’s going. Especially in light of Mary being killed by her daughter’s hand. But, having heard Eve Myles play Gwen for years, the change is a bit distracting and the story seems to have no interest in reconciling it. Though, with eight more episodes to go, there’s probably more to it.
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The TARDIS is stranded in Clara's flat, and Twelve along with it, just as a thunderstorm is gripping London. The perfect recipe for disaster, since Clara absolutely hates letting anyone knowing about her fear of thunder.
Then again, the Doctor's not exactly a fan of storms either ...
Words: 1973, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English
When an overactive Rift disgorges a strange alien artifact into the living room of Dr. Gregory House, Torchwood must travel to New Jersey to track it down. But what starts as a routine expedition quickly goes bad when a member of Torchwood comes down with a mysterious illness. Suddenly, aliens are invading the hospital and the teams from Cardiff and Princeton-Plainsboro find themselves in the middle of a war across time and space that will ultimately determine the fate of the universe itself.
Words: 9556, Chapters: 2/14, Language: English
Series: Part 1 of Eram quod es, eris quod sum
Torchwood-The Phoenix Watch; In the far future after the disbandment of the Time Agency (which developed out of Torchwood 3 originally) due to the corruption by infiltration of the Committee (see my notes) a new branch of Torchwood arises and they have technology based on the Gallifreyan Matrix which stores bio data, memories, and personality. The New Government of Gallifrey have a partnership with them through a Gallifreyan version of a watchdog group called the Historical Guardians Society which evolved from the Celestial Preservation Agency first as an off-shoot Branch and later as their own organization that still works closely with the CPA. (See Notes) They resurrect some of Torwood 3 in the far future and this is their story
Words: 199, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English
Series: Part 1 of Tales From the Doctor Who Universe
When her home is destroyed by the Doctor, she is forced to set out into a universe she's never seen and find the one man she's never met---her husband.
Words: 5658, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English
Series: Part 4 of The Valiant Series
When discovered at the epicenter of the end of the world, the Doctor and Rose pick up an innocent little girl. Then things get weird. Very timey-wimey. You should read if you ever wondered what it wold be like to grow up with the Doctor.
Words: 133721, Chapters: 64/64, Language: English
Imaginary friends are just that-imaginary. They're not real. Just a figment of the imagination. Rose Tyler believed that she had left her imaginary friend in her childhood, but it seems that he's got different ideas.
Words: 2087, Chapters: 2/?, Language: English
(Inspired by the songs of Billie Piper) It has been months since Rose was trapped in the parallel universe and Rose has been offered the chance to become a pop star. How will the Doctor react when he suddenly finds himself thrown into the parallel universe by the Tardis?
Words: 3962, Chapters: 2/?, Language: English
Alex is walking into a forest with a supposed wildfire in it. He doesn't see any smoke, but just to be sure he goes out into it to retrieve his brand new truck. Unfortunately, the fire is a lot closer than he thinks. Believing he is going to die (or maybe is already dead), Alex finds a shed completely unscathed by the flames and the heat. That can't be it though, can it? He must be seeing things, heat mirages or something.
It's not a heat mirage, and it's not a shed. What is it, then? How is it here, how does it exist without being burnt to a crisp like he himself almost is, and who is the woman who discovers him?
Words: 3016, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English
Rose and Bad Wolf are connected.
The Metacrisis and the Doctor are, too.
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Clara feels too small and scared to help save the world. Sometimes you just need to cry.
Words: 729, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English
One small change in action means the Doctor and Donna met one night earlier. That's going to change the Adipose situation quite a bit.
Words: 16562, Chapters: 3/3, Language: English
When one thinks about Dark Shadows, you quickly come to realise that it isn’t horror in the conventional sense, sure, there are Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, and Ghosts but there is something else about it, almost something romantic. It has the feel of an old dusty book with stories more concerned about the loss of potential or lost souls rather than ghosts and ghoulies.
And Dark Shadows is everything, it is the empty, dark school at night, the creepy house on the hill, the OAP who the kids think is a witch. But it is also about love, the loss of a love, the gain of the love, the love that never was. This is what Love Lives On grabs with both hands and runs with.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Kicking off this new anthology release is Tuesdays and Thursdays which concerns Professor Timothy Eliot Stokes who seems to continuously encounter the local psychic, Janet Findly, over and over again…
Matthew Waterhouse (Adric from Doctor Who) is quickly becoming a main fixture in the world of Dark Shadows. Having listened to a couple of his previous outings, you really know he has finally found his niche and he gives a brilliant performance, painting vivid images with real ease. You could quite cheerfully sit there and listen to him read the phonebook.
At first, the meetings between Stokes and Findly seem like nothing more than pure coincidence, but as Waterhouse and author, Cody Schell tells us, there is no such thing as coincidences in Collinsport.
Tuesdays and Thursdays kicks this new anthology off on a high and is a charming beginning as well as being great fun to listen too as we hear Stokes becoming more and more enamoured with Findly. While this isn’t the big, rip-roaring summer rom-com that we might expect from something with a summer release date, it delights in its more autumnal somber tone and certainly feels more in keeping with the traditions of Dark Shadows.
The Velvet Room
The second story takes us quickly from charm to sheer terror. The Velvet Room is obviously the opposite of the previous story and has a much more claustrophobic and intense feel about it.
This tale concerns Gerard Stiles and Hallie Stokes, who find themselves with the offer of their hearts desire at a club mysteriously called the Velvet Room. It all seems simple enough. All they must do is visit three times and tell us the stories of their strange lives before they are given what they really want.
The Velvet Room has the feel of a real old Hollywood horror movie. The denizens of the Velvet Room are particularly interesting and the setting is suitably macabre. It is a story that certainly ticks all the horror boxes.
And this already strong story is made even better by the narration from James Storm, whose brilliant performance gives us an even stronger look at the life of the anguished and desperate undead Gerard Stiles.
Behind Closed Doors
This is a story that is designed to remind us that the most appalling of horror stories never really concerns Vampires or Witches but those horrors which surround us in the very real world. It is that of man’s inhumanity to his fellow man.
This is used to transport Dark Shadows into a new dimension of sheer terror to the subject of domestic abuse. Narrator, Marie Wallace, gives us a tour de force of a performance as Jessica Griffin, a woman on the cusp of pure happiness with husband-to-be, Willie Loomis. But she is still haunted by the memory of her dead and abusive ex-husband.
Being Dark Shadows, death doesn’t really mean a lot and following a particularly hard day in her bar, Jessica receives a terrifying visit from the man who tried to control her with an iron fist.
This tale is a tense half-hour, as we relive the awful life that Jessica had lived before the death of her first husband.
Behind Closed Doors is easily the strongest tale of this set and is a really unsettling piece to listen to but is a story that deserves the time devoted to it and needs to be heard to really be appreciated.
This anthology set is drawn to a close with the story of Cyrus and Sabrina Longworth, owners of the local Collinport Inn, where a mysterious guest arrives claiming to be a traveling cosmetics seller. But of course, the suitcase is something else entirely and is much deadlier than it first appears.
The story works as a cautionary one, concerning the idea that one should be careful what you wish for as Sabrina’s deepest, innermost desires seem to be being granted.
But is there a steep price?
Surely there must be a price?
The Suitcase continues the theme of love, relationships, loss and longing that permeates this release and we end the set on a touch of melancholy.
And what is Dark Shadows without a touch of melancholy…
Blogtor Rating: 9/10
Four tales of horror, romance, and intrigue…
Tuesdays and Thursdays by Cody Schell
Professor Timothy Eliot Stokes lives a quiet, ordered life. But that order is about to be shattered as he finds himself encountering psychic medium Janet Findley over and over and over again…
The Velvet Room by Antonio Rastelli
Gerard Stiles has returned from the dead and, together with Hallie Stokes, is traveling the world attempting to defeat all manner of supernatural forces. But on a night in New Orleans, they are about to receive an invitation to gain their hearts’ desires…
Behind Closed Doors by Paul Phipps
Jessica Griffin buried her past a long time ago. But in Collinsport, secrets don’t stay buried for long. On the longest night of her life, Jessica will discover the cruel truth behind the lie that is “’til death do us part…”
The Suitcase by Alan Flanagan
Sabrina and Cyrus Longworth seem to have everything they could wish for – happily married, running the Collinsport Inn, and about to start a family. But when mysterious woman checks in they’ll discover that not all guests should be welcomed, and not all wishes should come true…
Written By: Cody Schell, Antoni Rastelli, Paul Phipps, Alan Flanagan
Directed By: Darren Gross, Joseph Lidster, Jim Pierson
Starring: Matthew Waterhouse, James Storm, Marie Wallace, Lisa Richards
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