Big Finish review-Torchwood: We always get out alive

Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams are on the run from a cataclysm. They’re the only survivors, and they’re driving away from the disaster as fast as they can. They’ve got to get away, they’ve got to warn the authorities, and they just can’t be late for the babysitter again.

Dim problem. After all, they’re Torchwood and they always get out alive. But this time there’s something in the car with them. Isn’t there?

This is actually a difficult audio to review, it’s an absolute joy to listen to. But, I really don’t want to reveal too much about the storyline.

We always get out alive, is another example of perfect synergy between writer and director.

Guy Adams and Scott Handcock have crafted an imaginative story, which in lesser hands could’ve been very boring. 98% of it is just Rhys and Gwen sitting in a car, but it’s gripping and epic-but at the same time keeping it a small, intimate story.

This is strong character driven piece, in which we get to know more about Gwen and Rhys’ family life.

Guy Adams truly delivers here, he uses the natural chemistry between Eve Myles and Kai Owen, the constrictive nature of being in a car and, the medium of audio, to the stories full advantage.

Once more the monthly Torchwood range delivers, this is a must-listen.

10/10.

Review-Torchwood: The Death of Captain Jack

Torchwood: The Death of Captain Jack is difficult to review, without spoiling. So, I won’t be discussing the storyline.

This is an ambitious audio, from David Llewellyn who once again proves himself to be one of the greatest writers Torchwood has ever had. He perfectly manages to encapsulate the history of Jack and John and give the Torchwood franchise a fresh new spin, all within an hour-long adventure. It’s an absolute joy.

James Marsters absolutely shines as Captain John Hart and, instantly reminds us why he was so popular amongst Torchwood fans. He’s the perfect foil to John Barrowman’s Captain Jack.

There’s also a slight dig at Torchwood:Miracle Day.

Director Scott Handcock and producer James Goss have their awesomely unique style all over this release. Torchwood on Big Finish, is the best Torchwood has ever been. They just get it, it’s ambitious, it’s loud, it’s sexy and over the top. Which is just how it should be.

10/10.

Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.

 

Torchwood is coming back….on audio

At a press conference for the hit CW show, Arrow, John Barrowman revealed that the BBC are producing “three or four” audio dramas based on the series. It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since we last saw team Torchwood.

The actor added:

“My sister and I are discussing the possibility of writing one of them”

Barrowman is now a series regular on Arrow, but he did reveal that the producers have always stated they would allow him to film more Torchwood/Doctor Who, should the opportunity ever arises).

John and his sister Carole E. Barrowman, have co-written several Torchwood novels together as well as some comics.

Barrowman didn’t specify a timeframe for production/broadcast, or even if the events took place pre/after miracle day, but he did say at least one story will feature the original Torchwood team.

Torchwood producers Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner will also be involved.

Are you excited for the return of Torchwood? Let us know below

Our reviews of the previous Torchwood audio plays can be found
here.

NINE WORLDS GEEKFEST CELEBRATES GEEK CULTURE IN LONDON.

Described as a the mutant hybrid of a science fiction convention crossed with a TED talks conference, Nine Worlds Geekfest will bring together hordes of UK geeks for a 3-day celebration of geek culture on August 9-11, 2013 in London, UK.

As well as including the core elements of traditional science fiction conventions like literature and film, Nine Worlds seeks to broaden the scope of geekery to include many aspects of popular science and technology, while dispensing with the whole celeb photo and signing machine that turns many sci-fi events into all-day queuing marathons. As co-organiser Ludi Valentine explains, “Our guests are the writers, and creators, and scientists, the people who make awesome things happen, people with amazing stories to tell, and cool stuff to show you.”

Guests include over a dozen big names in UK Sci-Fi & Fantasy lit, like Kim Newman, Ben Aaronovitch, Charlie Stross and Catherine Banner and lots of Sci-Fi TV writers. On the acting side, we’ve got Chris Barrie (Red Dwarf), a couple of Harry Potter actors and a few Doctor Who/Torchwood actors. And we’ve got people like Rhianna Pratchett (creator of the new Tomb Raider game), Kieron Gillen (Marvel Comics author) and lots of scientists, filmmakers, artists and academics.

The Nine Worlds team has reached out to fandom organisations and niche conventions from around the country to put together a slate of content tracks covering many aspects of geek fandom.

Nine Worlds has organisations like the Victorian Steampunk Society (which run the world’s largest Steampunk event, Weekend at the Asylum) running a Steampunk track. London on Board (a 2000+ member board gaming society) is running a non-stop gaming and play testing of new games. Skeptic Magazine is running a full track of talks about Skepticism and the Royal Observatory is running a Space Exploration track. Durham University is sending their Harry Potter Studies instructors to lecture about Harry Potter academia. And lots more — even got smaller organisations like BUCK, fans of My Little Pony, are showing off their fandom.

The event also has a team of dedicated organisers who’ve managed fan content at other events on topics like Game of Thrones, Role Playing Games, Comics, Tolkien, Video Games, Doctor Who, Fanfic, Knitting and over a dozen more. Nine Worlds will also be host to the UK’s first academic conference on Geek Culture, with scholars gathering from around the country to discuss everything from Hacktivism to Alien Ecologies. And with dedicated Geek Feminism and Queer Fandom content tracks, Nine Worlds aims to be welcoming to groups that often feel excluded by traditional sci-fi conventions.

Nine Worlds will also have lots of entertainment running throughout the event, including themed social spaces, a sci-fi film festival, live-action quidditch, a steampunk ceilidh, lots of open board and role playing games, live music, Nerf War, comedians, magicians, an intergalactic casino, weekend-long LARP’s and social/party gaming.

Nine Worlds grew out of the organisers’ bafflement over why London doesn’t sport the kind of large-scale geek gatherings that exist in other parts of the world. Co-organiser Erich Schultz says, “As huge sci-fi fans ourselves, we and our friends been going for years to the massive American residential conventions like Dragon*Con and San Diego ComicCon. And we keep asking ourselves, ‘why doesn’t anything that cool exist in London?'”

In March 2013 Nine Worlds ran a Kickstarter fundraising drive that was 232% oversubscribed and raised £23,000 (the second most successful convention launch in Kickstarter’s history), demonstrating the huge interest for an event of this kind in London.

Nine Worlds Geekfest will run in two huge conference hotels near Heathrow Airport, on August 9-11 2013. Early Bird tickets are on sale for £75 until May 31.

Nine Worlds Geekfest
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Kai Owen: Miracle Day Interview

Kai Owen returns to talk to Martyn about his career, football and, of course, Torchwood: Miracle Day.

The show can be accessed via different places, including Miro, Stiticher, Blubrry and Itunes.

Kai’s website: kaiowen.com
Twitter: @KaiKaiOwen
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Children’s charity: www.clicsargent.org.uk
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Continue reading Kai Owen: Miracle Day Interview

Torchwood-Department X. Review

Now, moving on to Department X, This finds the Torchwood team investigating the old Cardiff department store, GR Owen.
The team go undercover to determine why customers are disappearing.
It’s written by James Goss and Kai Owen is on vocal duty again. The style has changed for this audio, it’s no longer a first person narrative, it’s more like a regular audio book.

Now, this isn’t up to the high standard of the previous audio, Ghost Train, but it’s still extremely entertaining. Kai Owen does another brilliant reading, again capturing the essence of all the Torchwood team, as well as new characters, the musical stores and sound effects still work well.

This is a return to the Torchwood of yester-year, it feels like a series 2 story, not as dark as children of Earth, but not as fluffy as series 1.

I imagine it’s the last time the Ianto Jones features in any Torchwood spin-off, as future adventures are more likely to be based, between children of earth and the new US format, or on the US format

You can get this audiobook straight from Audiogo, on cd or download for under a tenner, which is a bargain really.

 

Review-Torchwood:Ghost Train

It’s been too long since our last instalment of any kind of, Torchwood. So this release was welcomed with open arms.
Ghost Train is written by James Goss.
Goss has already written a few novels for both Doctor Who and Torchwood, he wrote 2009’s Torchwood’s audio play, the Golden Age.

Ghost train is a first person narrative, Its set between Series 2 and Children of Earth.
It’s centred around Rhys Williams and so no other than, friend of the Bad Wilf podcast, Kai Owen is brought in to read it. No, I really am shameless enough to put in a plug, during a review.

Kai has a great voice for audio.
The reading is very clear, even while he is imitating the voices of the other characters. The sound effects and music work well and add real atmosphere but don’t distract from the speech.

The story starts out about missing fridges but then it gets complicated. It centres around a train pulling into a station late night/early morning, years after the track has been abandoned. For the 2 weeks previous many strange things have been happening. Radios telling people to kill.
SatNav’s telling drivers to run people over. And it all has something to do with that train. The train is coming from a world that has just recently been destroyed and now what’s coming from that world, is coming to this one.

I absolutely loved this story, Its a 2 CD set, at just under 2 hours and 20 minutes. Honestly, it could have done with being slightly longer.
It’s funny when it has to be funny, it’s gripping when it needs to grip and it doesn’t feel like 2hrs and 20mins.
Kai manages to capture the essence of every character, extremely well, especially Ianto, he nail’s Gareth David-Lyod’s dry wit, and speech perfectly. He captures Gwen and Jack pretty well too.

Like the previous Doctor Who Audiobook it is also split into chapters for ease. It also contains the £5 off your first purchase code. Like all other Torchwood Audiobooks, this should be considered canon.

You can get this audiobook straight from Audiogo, on cd or download for under a tenner, which is a bargain really.

Kai Owen Interview

Martyn and Gerrod talk to Torchwood actor Kai Owen.

The podcast can be accessed via different places, including Audioboom, Player fm and Itunes.

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Martyn – @BadWilf

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Kai’s website: kaiowen.com
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