Written by: James Goss Narrated by: Kai Owen Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
G.R. Owen is the last of Cardiff’s old department stores. Times are hard and the ancient firm has gone into administration. But who are the Administrators? What goes on behind the shutters at night? And why are customers disappearing?
Torchwood are already investigating; G.R. Owen is the site of their oldest unsolved cases, and Jack is determined to solve it before the store closes forever - which is why Ianto is working undercover in gentlemen’s fashions and Gwen is in handbags.
Are the new managers really aliens? What connection do they have to the mysterious G.R. Owen himself? And is Jack the only one looking for the Department of Curiosities, last seen in 1905?
The sound design for this one was bloody amazing. The shopping mall muzak contrasted nicely with the dark undertones. I also like the concept of Firestone. In regards to them, I was at once both a little annoyed that their founding wasn't explicitly explained, but also thought it was clever that you can infer that they are what came of the Torchwood operatives who "left to go into banking" that Jack offhandedly mentions near the beginning of the play. Like the asylum protocols that Torchwood now has thanks to a previous audio, it'd be nice to see Firestone show up again at some point.
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