Written by: Joseph Lidster Narrated by: Eve Myles Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
Torchwood receive reports of a strange death: a man in his thirties who died of old age. A series of other strange events leads Torchwood to conclude that someone is sending victims to a dark dimension, to be punished by the thing they fear most. Who is the mysterious taxi driver preying on his passengers? What significance do boxes of matches play in this mystery? And can Jack ever escape from his own personal Hell? A Torchwood audio original short story read by Eve Myles (a.k.a. Gwen Cooper).
The first release in this set of audio originals, is written by old Torchwood hand Joe Lidster, and he does a cracking job as usual. Shit gets dark here. As is par for the course, the characters all fair well on audio. This release also has a fairly good sound design, with incidental music permeating throughout the background, adding tension and emotion to various scenes, something the first set of audio originals was lacking.
As for the story... it has a framing sequence set after Series 2, with Gwen reminiscing back to a time when everyone was alive, in the lead-up to her marriage. Very Companion Chronicles sort of setup, really. In the framing sequence, Gwen makes reference to Journey's End, and Lost Souls, so it's placement is still in release order, as far as these things go.
The story in flashback is rather good as well. All is resolved through half-explanations and supposition, and we, the listener, never really find out what's going on, and the whole thing actually sounds like a Committee setup, a "broken person is approached and given a thing by mysterious persons unknown" sort of deal. Jack muses that it must have been someone from Torchwood One, back in the day, but I like to think it was probably The Committee. Or maybe Norton
Surprised The Torchwood Archive didn't make reference to this. Unless it did and it just went over my head at the time.
Another good release. BBC's Torchwood audios just keep getting better and better.