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- Listening Length: 1 hour and 2 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 April 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007ROCYIS
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Torchwood: Fallout Audio Download – Original recording
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The story centres around Sgt Andy Davidson and involves the discovery of a "jewelled egg" which was released from the Torchwood vaults when the hub exploded and landed in a garden shed. This turns out to be a weapon from another planet designed to release a virus that will wipe out life on Earth. There are various people who are trying to get their hands on it for either good or evil intent and it is up to Andy and the person who found it, Yasmin, to ensure that it remains safe.
The story is fittingly narrated by Tom Price who plays Sgt Andy in the TV series. It is a narrated story rather than a full cast production as per earlier Torchwood CDs but I think that this suits it. Andy Davidson is usually a fairly minor character so it is nice for him to have his moment of glory at last.
If you are a fan of Torchwood, you will probably enjoy this CD. Just don't expect the full Torchwood experience.
The box has one audio CD, run time 1 hour. I got this Torchwood CD for my 18 year old daughter, a massive Dr Who, Sarah Jane and Torchwood TV fan, although she's more into the the new Dr Who and Sarah Jane audio CDs (all read by Elisabeth Sladen). However she enjoyed listening to Torchwood: Fallout and rated it 3.5* (a high score for her) - I suppose these Torchwood Dr Who spin-off audio CDs are aimed towards teenagers/young adults, and they seem to hit the spot. She also liked the companion Sgt Andy Davidson audio CD 'Mr Invincible', and with run times of 1 hour she listens to them ripped to the iPod on long car journeys. Tom Price does a good job reading the books. While it's still uncertain if or when there will be a 5th TV season of Torchwood, at least the story continues on these audio books.
Ably filling the void (or is that a rift?) is Gwen's former police colleague and good friend Sergeant Andy Davidson who, when called to the scene of a shooting, quickly establishes that something strange is going on. His investigations soon lead to a Russian secret agent with a penchant for shooting people, a silicon-based alien life-form and the mother of all deadly viruses.
Read by Andy's alter ego, actor Tom Price, the story rattles along quickly enough to skip over the more glaring plot holes. As you'd expect, the trademark Torchwood wry humour is present and the characters well drawn within the confines of an hour-long audio book. Mercifully, author David Llewellyn avoids the Russell T. Davies trap of creating characters with obvious and ambiguous sexual preferences, so the story is suitable for a PG audience, as long as the prospect of total annihilation doesn't worry the little darlings too much.
In giving the redoubtable Andy the lead for this tale, the author has added depth to one of the peripheral series characters and I look forward to further stories of a post-Torchwood world coping with alien invasions by calling upon the skills of Her Majesty's Cardiff Plod.
So when offered a copy to review by Vine I jumped at the chance.
Although the name Torchwood is IN CAPITALS the link is tenuous to say the least.
This story is in the lightweight spectrum of Saving the Planet Earth.
For a comparison think of the Sarah Jane Adventures versus the Dr Who proper...
Still good entertainment though no where near as good as the Dr Who stuff.
I enjoyed the story and its telling.
There is nothing in the story to frighten children who have watched Dr Who.
The violence and danger is to that level of reading age.
So it is for this audio book/ it's a satisfying tale but not quite Torchwood.
Let me explain.
If features Sgt Andy Davidson's- Gwen's old oppo from the Cardiff Police force and is read by the actor that portrayed him Tom Price.
Gwen is feature for about one minute flat.
Jack is mention in passing a few times.
Torchwood is not involved at all for the simple reason it has been destroyed, Jack is off on his travels and Gwen is sightseeing in the USA- The rest are.. Well dead.
Let me start by saying the Tom Price reads the story really well and the action moves along at a really good pace. The one CD last about an hour and it made the journey to a location there and back very enjoyable.
However the Torchwood name is the brand that will sell this CD. If it did not have that name emblazoned across the cover together with a picture of Gwen Cooper not many people would risk the chance of buying it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an enjoyable yarn which I listened to all the way through in the car and did not feel at any time I would turn it off, which I am prone to do if the story is boring with... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2014 by Wistiliamos
Since the episode were Owen and Tosh were killed off Torchwood was not the same but after they killed off Ianto Jones Torchwood seems empty. Read morePublished on 7 April 2013 by terry l. ridder
This episode was written specially for AudioGO by David Llewellyn and stars Tom Price, who played Sgt Andy Davidson in the hit BBC television series. Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2013 by badger
I think I have to agree with some of the other reviewers who feel that stamping the Torchwood name on this is pushing it a bit.
The story itself was ok. Read more
I've been a fan of Torchwood since series 1. The latest serial, Miracle Day, was great in concept, but disappointing as filmed. This CD is similar. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2012 by Mr. D. J. Carr
My 7 year old enjoyed this audio cd but personally I thought the plot was weak and the whole story generally predictable and forgettable. Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2012 by A. Gothorp
As this story is set after the events of Miracle Day, most of the Torchwood team are dead by now and the Torchwood HQ has been destroyed. Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2012 by A. Skudder
Not truly a Torchwood story as the Torchwood team do not really appear - in fact only Gwen appears and briefly at that. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2012 by pacem et amorem