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"Torchwood": Asylum (BBC Audio) Audio CD – Audiobook, 2 Jul 2009

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (2 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408426641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408426647
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Mahoney VINE VOICE on 26 Aug. 2009
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Asylum's quite a jolly Torchwood adventure, and not as dark as some of the TV episodes. As such, it is suitable for listening by a younger audience. I often wince during the Big Finish Doctor Who audio adventures at cloying continuity references, and the BBC Radio Doctor Who adventures in the 90s were ludicrously bad and poorly scripted. So, for me, Asylum was very much a refreshing, and very professional audio production in comparison. To be honest, I thought it was a lot better than many of the TV episodes, such as Chris Chibnal's horrendous Countrycide. Some other reviewers have commentated that casual listeners might be baffled by the sudden plunge into the Torchwood universe, but I think this is beside the point, as only Torchwood fans would be buying this CD, and since it's only 45 minutes long, there isn't enough time for a great exposition regarding all that's happened thus far. Besides, the excellent Tom Price's presence as PC Andy Davidson amply provides the outsider's perspective of Torchwood. Anita Sullivan's portrayal of the main characters is spot on, with Jack, as per usual, going over the top in his reaction to Freda (her 'weapon' doesn't sound that dangerous). The story does peter out towards the end, as other reviewers have noted, but that's because the threat isn't as great as Jack originally fears. Ianto and Andy also display a great deal of humour, which is a welcome change of tone, and makes it all the more shameful that Ianto was not utilised more fully in the TV series. So, this episode of Torchwood is mainly focused on the characters of our heroes, without a hint of the cringe factor that afflicts similar episodes in the various Star Trek franchises. And althought Asylum is obviously set before The Children of Earth, it does suggest that there is a Torchwood in the future...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. RB FORTUNE-WOOD VINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2012
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There's something of the typical fan fiction about this drama, which lacks the grit of the television series. One of the problems with this kind of works relationship to the wider canon is that its limited ability to change the course of the main series stunts its capacity to introduce any radical elements. Consequently the ending, where a story might offer a more radical turn, offers only anticlimax. However it does have positive features; the series is professional and not every BBC radio drama can boast so much; strong voice acting and until the end a decent plot. Perhaps its greatest weakness is it lacks a hook, something to really consider or, therefore, remember, but it does provide an amusing diversion of devotees of the shows mythology.
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By Mr. K. Cross VINE VOICE on 31 Aug. 2009
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Well, this CD has proved to be a fabulous little time-passer on this quiet Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. I was riveted from start to finish. I wasn't sure what Torchwood minus vision would be like, but the writing & acting brought the story vividly to life.
P.C. Andy Davidson (Gwen's boyfriend) has a pivotal part to play in the story. His character provides much of the humour, along with Gwen, but then at one stage in the story I wanted to shake him for his blinkered outlook, and then he turns out to be an absolute gem: warm, understanding, accepting, a knight in shining armour rescuing the damsel in distress! But I dare not say more, for it will spoil it for those who have not listened to it.
'Asylum' is a good mystery that had me guessing right to the end. It also has excitement, & a few real poignant moments that tugged on the heart-strings. The music added to the general atmosphere, & the mix was perfect, enabling me to hear each word of dialogue clearly, even when there were sound effects &/or music in the background.
These 45 minutes show what a good actress Eve Myles is. She judges her performance perfectly, making her character eminently believable, her sultry, softly-accented voice just made for radio. John Barrowman takes something of a back-seat in this story, but he makes his presence felt in every scene he's in, & even though he can't be seen, he still manages to ooze sex appeal! Gareth David-Lloyd is as dependable as ever, bringing reason & sanity to the proceedings when around him there's high emotion. Special mention must go to Erin Richards who plays Freda, the strange young girl Andy arrests for shoplifting. I was rooting for her all the way.
I thoroughly enjoyed this CD & would highly recommend it to any Torchwood fans, & urge anyone who perhaps is not familiar with the series to also give it a listen. You won't be disappointed.
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For me, one of the worst aspects of the first two Torchwood television series was the writers' insistence on trying to do big things on a poor budget, which sometimes led to some laughable moments. And often this would be coupled with an almost childish need to shock the viewer with unnecessary sexual references. I'm not a prude in any way, but the adult value of the show often lacked a necessary maturity and so grated on the senses. The nice thing about this series of BBC audio books is that they cater for a family audience and so do not deal so viscerally with body matter, and seeing as the beauty of an audio adventure means that the budget is limitless, the special effects can be as real as one's imagination allows.

Strange then, that this is such an intimate little story with little in the way of big explosions of visiting alien creatures. Nonetheless, it zips along nicely with Gwen and, unusually so, PC Andy Davidson taking the central roles. The overall story is that of a girl out of place, if not time, and she is played believably well by the actress taking the role. The focus is on her and her confusion at being dropped into the strangeness of every day Cardiff. Jack and Ianto's parts aren't as relevant but they make a fine double act these days, and it's always fun to hear them verbally spar.

I suppose the enjoyment level of this audio adventure can only be gauged by just how much one likes either Torcwhood itself or, more importantly, the characters central within the drama. I would imagine, also, that it's only really devout fans of Torchwood who are likely to buy this single CD which lasts less than an hour in length. That's not much to receive for a the price, especially as there isn't a wealth of little extras to add to one's listening value, so it's obviously only for those of unlimited funds or completists.
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