Written by: Dan Abnett Narrated by: Burn Gorman Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
An exciting, original short story written exclusively for audio, featuring the Torchwood characters and read by Burn Gorman, who plays Owen in the television series.
Across Cardiff, ordinary people are behaving in odd ways: saying hello to one another and going out of their way to greet people. Torchwood discovers that an alien communications field is gathering strength in the city. The team must find the device responsible and shut it off - before civil unrest engulfs the city.
First off, Burn Gorman does a splendid job reading this. He does a fair approximation of everyone, getting their accents and mannerisms across, as well as a variety of random voices for all the random people involved in the story.
Like Hidden, this is an 2-disc release, and splits the team up into groups, each of which have a meaty chunk of the adventure to themselves, no-one feels left out. This story follows the rather formulaic standard of early Torchwood stories, in that somethign has come through The Rift and now Torchwood has to deal with it. Only, this time, the result is a very odd contemporary zombie apocalypse filled with Walmart greaters. Instead of brains, they simply want to know your name...
There a section in the middle that hops around to various random bystandards, showing their parts in the slow onset of the disaster, which feels exactly like a description of the short of quick montage shots of "ordinary folk" that were so common in the RTD era of DW/TW on television.
There's not a whole lot going on in the story, but it's a good'un.