Torchwood: The Lost Files
Three Radio 4 full cast dramas set before the Children of Earth series
The Devil and Miss Carew is the simplest of the three adventures. Rhys' great uncle dies drawing him and Gwen to the nursing home to pick up his belongings, but they encounter a resident speaking of other residents that have left with their life force restored to them. As increasing power cuts disable the country and the world Gwen tracks down Miss Carew, previously dying from terminal heart failure, now back at the helm of her computing company, and Torchwood homes in on an alien force communicating via the Shipping Forecast.
In Submission the team receive a distress signal heard throughout the world through the water. It's source is the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the sea. Ianto is reunited with an old friend from Torchwood One and the team journey to the bottom of the sea.
In The House of the Dead it's closing night at the pub of the same name known as the most haunted pub in Wales. As last orders are called a psychic calls on the dead to contact their loved ones, and Jack bursts in trying to stop the seance. The ghosts start arriving, Jack's behaviour becomes erratic and Ianto and Gwen are torn between their trust in him and worry for him. At first a good story, but then with a twist at the end that is a real punch to the gut, elegantly and devastatingly plotted.
All three plays carry each in their own way speak of what death is, how it defines life and The Lost Files is a precursor of and paen to the events to come in the Children of Earth story arc. A great chilling collection.