This is another absolute scorcher from the Torchwood single-disc releases. Lou Morgan's first audio script - I hope it isn't her last - really piles on the reasons to despise the characters. Do you know a Sebastian? I know one, and Lou has really captured his inability to move too far away from being an utter toad. With Lucy Robinson's terrific Madeline, his mother, you can see where his abhorrence comes from. Even her vulnerability is purely motivated by worshiping her monstrous creation. All this works so well in underlining what a truly decent, loyal character Tosh is. She's my favourite TW character, and Naoko absolutely inhabits the character. She is treated so very badly here, right up until the last moment, you just want to give her a hug and some cake.
I do take issue with the author's insistence that Sebastian spends a lot of time 'man-splaining' things to Tosh, mainly because I find the term to be a rather sexist generalisation. Madeline is just as bad in the way she speaks down to Tosh - so what is Madeline doing when she does that? 'Overbearing-mother-splaining?' Anyway, that's just my little gripe, which is restricted to the extras. I understand that the term is used to describe a male talking down to someone, but not only males are guilty of that. I say this because I know a Madeline too!
That out of the way, I really loved this story. It succeeds in also working very well as a haunted house mystery, and puts me in mind a little of MR James, or even Gordon Honeycombe's Neither Sea Nor Sand in places. And so well played by all too!
Has anyone received their CD yet? I had pre-ordered this and Torchwood One and I got Torchwood One on Saturday even though it was released after this one. I don't think I've had a dispatch email for this one either.
No one has mentioned it in the Today's Arrivals thread either ...
Has anyone received their CD yet? I had pre-ordered this and Torchwood One and I got Torchwood One on Saturday even thoug it was released after this one. I don't think I've had a dispatch email for this one either.
No I haven't either I was going to give it another week than enquire
This was really good. Loving the character development for Tosh and the way the story evolved in parallel with the past and present. Brilliant acting all round on this. I have to say the current series of monthly Torchwood has been stronger than ever. I’m a definite subscriber for the next batch as it’s paid off in spades this time around.
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