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Format: Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )
Although he's a minor recurring character, Sgt Andy Davidson is all the more important in the Torchwood series because he's on the outside, spends most of his time dealing with mundane police matters, and very occasionally gets dragged into some very bizarre events but it never really phases him. He's also more consistently likeable than a few of the main characters at times, and fans inevitably want to know more about him.

Well, putting aside the fact that this story is read by Tom Price, who plays Sgt Andy Davidson in the series, this is basically a Jack-only episode, with Andy there only to hand him the case and set him up with the details. Putting that to one side, the story is an interesting one - mostly because it weaves two different problems and brings them together in an interesting way at the end. At just over an hour, the story is quick and punchy, and the "Mr Invincible" of the title and references on the back cover to an ordinary man donning a superhero costume are not - thankfully, I may say - where this story actually ends up spending most if its time.

If I were to be cynical I'd spend a whole paragraph complaining about the flimsy and unsubtle way that the writer crowbared Gwen into the story, no more than one minute of which involves her, just so they could get her photo onto the cover. I would, but it looks like I already have done.

It has some dark moments, but I guess I like my Torchwood stories just a little more edgy. It is a reasonably good story though, largely because it does keep the two major mysteries that Jack has to investigate unconnected until approaching the end. And Tom Price does a good job of reading it and doing the voices.
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Another in the bbc range of talking books based on the tv show Torchwood. It tells an all new story not presented before in any other medium.

It runs for one hour and five minutes [approx] and is basically one long episode on a single cd. The only breaks in it are the usual cd chapter ones.

The story is read by Tom Price, best known for playing Sgt. Andy Davidson on the show.

Miminal sleeve notes give nothing more than copyright details and advertise other Torchwood cd's.

The story is set after the most recent TV season of the show Torchwood - Miracle Day (Series 4) [DVD] and also takes place after the cd's Torchwood: Fallout and Torchwood: Red Skies.

The latter saw Jack have a premonition of Gwen being shot. So early on in this story, he's back in Cardiff looking to stop that from happening.

But before that you are introduced to the title character of the story. Ross Chapman. One of life's losers. His back story is filled with good and interesting detail. And then he survives being shot at point blank range. Thanks not least to a mysterious vision.

This leads to him becoming Mr. Invincible, a costumed vigilante.

But the focus of the story isn't on him, it's on Jack. As his quest to stop the Gwen premonition from coming true leads him to investigate how Ross got his abilities.

Tom Price is a very good reader and he has a voice that is easy to listen to. He does put on some very good voices for various supporting characters. But rather than try an American accent for Jack, he does his lines in his own voice. Which does take a little getting used to at first.

This is a very intriguing listen for the first two thirds as the mystery of where the powers came from is quite an intriguing one, thanks not least to some interesting happenings which hint at what is going on.

Ross's family are drawn into the narrative and do play a big part. His wife and his daughter are rather ordinary characters, but then they're meant to be ordinary people, so that does work okay.

At the same time though we're in territory that Torchwood in all it's guises has covered a lot of times before - ordinary people being affected by strange things - so this never feels quite as original as it could be. And you do find yourself wishing that Mr. Invincible himself did play far more of a part in the story, or even that it was focused on him.

But whilst it doesn't break new ground and isn't quite as strong a story as Fallout was, it's still a decent listen and a decent time passer for fans of the show.
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on 24 February 2014
The post-Torchwood TV series audios and novels have been a mixed-bag overall, however this is one of the better efforts, using the stock idea of an everyman who suddenly develops the ability to withstand normally-fatal assaults unscathed, and who subsequently uses this new-found ‘gift’ to become a superhero, to the astonishment and acclaim of those around him. The key to a decent audio reading however, is the choice of who reads it, and Tom Price who appeared as semi-regular PC Andy Davies in the TV series nails this from the start, with his slightly bewildered persona and laconic reading style. Definitely a hit.
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VINE VOICEon 17 October 2012
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I enjoyed this Torchwood audio adventure. The storyline is interesting and Tom Price reads it well. Ross Chapman suddenly finds himself transformed into a man who can't die and with a superhero costume decides to fight crime. Meanwhile many others across Cardiff are finding themselves either rapidly ageing or quickly getting younger. Poor Sgt Andy Davidson is out of his depth but thankfully Captain Jack is back trying to solve his own mystery. The last Torchwood audio story I listened to did not have Jack and I was very pleased to find him in this story because it doesn't seem like a proper Torchwood story without him. I recommend this CD to any Torchwood fan.
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VINE VOICEon 28 September 2012
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This audio book was a really good add on to the story of Torchwood and was read by a cast member of the actual series. This was my first Torchwood audio book and as such, I am not sure how it compares to the other titles in the series. Having already watched 2 series of the show I was not compelled to watch the Miracle day series as the advertisements did not seem overly interesting to me but however listening to this audio book I have been put in the notion to finish off where I left off. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this as a previous fan of the show and would consider buying more in the near future.
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VINE VOICEon 19 July 2012
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As a lifelong Doctor Who fan, and the Torchwood spin-off, I was missing the TV shows.

These BBC audio recordings fill the gap. They are only an hour long, so it is a short fix.

There is only Captain Jack and Sgt. Andy from the TV series, but it does not matter, Jack can keep us entertained on his own.

My wife does not watch the TV series but she was happy to listen to this disk on a car journey.

Without giving the plot away, Time distortion and invincibility are involved, explained very well.
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I haven't been impressed with some previous Tourchwood radio plays but the latest releases seem to have stronger story lines. This CD, like recent BBC releases, is short containing just one CD lasting no more than an hour. Tom Price, PC Andy Davidson in the TV show, acts as narrator, and does it rather well with an engaging and clear voice. This CD follows on from the last TV series and does feature Captain Jack Harkness which should please fans of the series. Other CD releases have been criticised for having few links with the TV programme. Without divulging the plot, this is a nice continuation of the TV story and has a strong story line. It makes pleasant listening for someone who isn't a great Tourchwood fan and really should appeal to fans.
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VINE VOICEon 19 January 2013
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Mr Invincible is superbly read by Tom Price the like-able PC Andy from the BBC TV series. This tale follows a tried and tested formula for Torchwood Audio's and sees PC Andy take on an Alien threat and assist Captain Jack in saving the day. It is easy to listen to and follow. A must for any die hard Torchwood fan. 9/10
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VINE VOICEon 24 June 2012
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This, the culmination of a quartet of audio-exclusive books set after "Miracle Day", unites protagonists that we encountered separately during the three previous releases. Captain Jack Harkness, who, in "Red Skies", beheld an apparition of Gwen being shot and killed, has rushed back to Cardiff to either save her or avenge her. There he teams up with Sgt Andy Davidson, who was the spotlight character of "Fallout". Tom Price, who played Andy on screen, returns to perform the reading, as he did during "Fallout", lending his easy-going tones to Mark Morris's story.

The author weaves a tangled tale of super-powers, premonitions, time distortions and wish fulfilment. Perhaps surprisingly, the title refers not to Captain Jack but to Ross Chapman, whose sudden immortality is so similar to the Miracle that it's strange that none of the characters comment upon the fact. At first it appears as though Jack's vision has been a total red herring, merely a device to get him back to Earth from Cotter Paluni's World. Gwen and Rhys are both fine as it turns out, having returned to Wales following the events of "Army of One", though they play only minor roles here. However, the vision ultimately proves to be relevant.

Of the four stories, this one and "Fallout" have felt the most like the "Torchwood" of old to me, thanks largely to the Cardiff setting, and despite the lack of participation by the television show's two main stars, John Barrowman and Eve Myles. I did not find this CD quite as engaging as "Fallout", but thanks to these audio releases "Torchwood" is proving to be quite invincible, despite its absence from our television screens.
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VINE VOICEon 27 July 2012
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I am now wondering if this is the last we will hear about Torchwood altogether; it seems to me that after the quite excellent audio stories, we have now entered a phase where the whole Torchwood project is petering out somehow. There have been some outstanding writers and producers on the Torchwood scene, but here, something is certainly missing; it's as though everything has been mandated to occupy as little time as possible. Sometimes this works very very well; try listening to "Old Soldiers", a story abut Sontarans, if you doubt me; but here, the stage itself is compressed. Somehow, the single voice does not work well here (although Tom Price is a fine reader). I have to say (with great respect) that this is not really showcase production and more thought should have gone into it.

BUT... having said all of this... It's a good story. It has unexpected turns and as is often the case with Torchwood, a sense of dignity into which tragedy is omnipresent; the very lack of glamour in the story accentuates the humanity and gentleness of the characters involved. And you realize that it's good writing after all.

So all in all, although it's flawed and dreadfully short, I do reccommend it; it's illuminating in it's own, unique way.
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