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"...an uncomplicated reading that is refreshingly engaging...",
This review is from: Torchwood: Mr Invincible (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
Torchwood 3 after the incident that had become known as CHILDREN OF EARTH (as the 456 attempted to recover its human debt) was a different organisation that it was Captain Jack Harkness joined it, and likewise after the worldwide incident known as THE MIRACLE. The semi-secret self-policing organisation (initially, of five disparate individuals) has `gone on the run' (leaving a temporary recruit, Rex, with the ability to "self-heal").
In TORCHWOOD - MR INVINCIBLE, the action returns to the innocuous street of South Wales reintroducing the well-worn characters as they attempt to determine if Rift-surfing aliens or a homegrown menace has infiltrated Cardiff. However, in this instance, with Gwen and Rhys cosseted by domestic bliss (read: parenting), the (seemingly) immortal Harkness has to rely upon the salutary support of once sceptical Police Officer, the now promoted, Sgt. Andy Davidson, in his attempt to solve the mystery of immutable Mr Invincible.
However, there is a related threat; the murder of his long-time colleague and friend, Gwen Cooper. Can Harkness determine a link between Mr Invincible (a vigilante who has become `immortal' after being the victim of a fluffed armed robbery attempt as he manned a self-service Petrol Station) and Gwen's slaying? How does a psychiatric patient, Mr Baverstock, within a secure unit hold the key to Harkness future premonition of her murder? What significance does 24 Endell Drive hold? What are `time whirlpools'?
Read by Tom Price (played Andy Davidson in the TV series), Mark Morris' single-disc exclusive-to-audio is, unlike many of the DOCTOR WHO NEW SERIES tie-in releases, refreshingly uncomplicated, and that's a compliment. The plot is linear, realistic (even in the universe of science fiction-fantasy) and non-indulgent (not littered with coda that has been lifted from the television series that will alienate casual listeners; it's pleasantly entertaining, and would transfer to, say, mainstream radio (such as BBC RADIO 4).
Price's "performance" is muted, and, yes, that's another compliment. I have found that other readers have exceed their "acting" capability, drifting from one different voice (to delineate a character) to another without competency resulting in making the written incomprehensibly confusing. However, Price plays it safe, delivering an uncomplicated reading that is refreshingly engaging.
With TORCHWOOD, it would seem, exorcised from television screens for the foreseeable future - if not forever - fans will become reliant on these all-new adventures to satisfy their appetite, and with TORCHWOOD - MR INVINCIBLE it is essential listening and it is hoped that more will written, recorded and released.
The world will be unsafe without Torchwood and less sarcastic without Captain Harkness.