Written by: Rupert Laight Featuring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen Length: 45 mins
When Rhys's elderly Uncle Bryn has a heart attack while listening to the shipping forecast, it seems like another routine death at Ivyday Nursing Home. But when Rhys and Gwen go to collect the old man's effects, Gwen's suspicions are roused by another elderly resident. The conversation is cut short, though, by a fire alarm, one of many consequences of the mysterious power cuts that are sweeping the nation. Gwen has a hunch that something is wrong and her search leads her to Miss Carew, a suspiciously fit and strong octogenarian who, despite having supposedly terminal heart disease, has left Ivyday and gone back to work at the Computer firm she used to run. Miss Carew has been offered a deal by Fitzroy, a wandering alien with an aversion to electricity who is looking for a home. It's a deal that Miss Carew can't refuse. But the consequences for planet Earth are unthinkable.
It's been nice seeing Rhys play a bigger and bigger part in things in these audios set between Series 2 and Children of Earth. In the show, he was kind of a background character until halfway through Series 2, at which point he started taking a more prominent role, and he's really come into his own in the audios. He's now calm(ish) and collected in a crisis, can handle himself in a situation, and even comes to Gwen's rescue at times, as seen here. It's great.
One thing I like about Torchwood is that, unlike Doctor Who, it doesn't always feel the need to explain itself. There's an entity of some sort, communicating to people through the shipping forcasts, and its nature, exactly what it wants, and what it is and whatnot are never clearly explained. It's just clear that what it's doing at right this moment is a danger to humanity so Torchwood is going to stop it. Good stuff.
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