Written by: Joseph Lidster Featuring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Freema Agyeman Length: 43 mins
The Torchwood team and Martha face danger at CERN in this special BBC radio episode, starring John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, and Freema Agyeman.
Following the tragic deaths of two of their colleagues, only Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, and Ianto Jones remain of Torchwood, protecting humanity against the unknown.
Martha Jones, ex-time traveller and now working as a doctor for UNIT, has been called to CERN, the world's largest particle physics laboratory, in Geneva. They're about to activate the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), designed to recreate conditions after the Big Bang and thus give an insight into what the universe is made of. But so much could go wrong: it could open a gateway to a parallel dimension, or even create a black hole.
Voices from the past are calling out to people from the LHC, and scientists have started to disappear. Where have they gone? What is lurking in the underground tunnel - and do the dead ever really stay dead?
Based on the award-winning BBC Wales TV production Torchwood, "Lost Souls" stars John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd and Freema Agyeman, with Lucy Montgomery, Stephen Critchlow, and Mark Meadows.
The first of the full-cast audios produced for radio in the Torchwood brand, set after Series 2, so it's just Jack, Gwen, & Ianto, but they're joined by Martha for this one! While the story itself is decent (The LHC has caused some alien lifeform to get trapped here, and it's possessing people and doing spooky things), the direction and production values aren't as good as the current Big Finish stuff. That being said, we've come a loooong way since The Paradise of Death.
Martha makes a nice addition to the team, and I kind of wish she'd show up again in some BF pieces set in this era. If they ever decide to follow-up on Outbreak, I hope BF see if Freema would be on board for popping in to supplement the team. Idk, maybe she can show up over in the UNIT audios as well. A crossover story, perhaps?
But we're getting off topic.
Overall, it's a fairly decent release, I'd give it a listen.
For as much flak as this got back in the day, it's a fairly good story. The acting was better than I remember it being. Not sure why I had that impression of it. I feel like the regulars are a bit stilted near the beginning, but warm to the format as they go, so by the end they're all acting rather naturally, rather than the rather deliberate delivery earlier on in the play.
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