So the first of three Radio 4 Afternoon Plays featuring Cardiff’s least secret top-secret organisation, Torchwood: Asylum, has just finished. If you missed it, it’ll be available on iPlayer for seven days, and for UK licence fee payers is available as an MP3 download for the same period.
So what did you think?
Caution: if you haven’t heard the play yet, proceeding further may reveal spoilers…
The Stage’s regular radio reviewer, Moira Petty, freely admits that she’s a fan of neither science fiction in general, nor Torchwood in particular. So her review comes from a much more conventional Radio 4 perspective:
The first surprise was how little Captain Jack hogged the limelight, screeching on with an anarchic act or comment before zipping off again. He only exerted his authority when his subordinates (played by Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd and both sounding far more cuddly and less glam than they look in the publicity stills), threatened to turn it into The Gwen and Ianto Show.
The second surprise was how much I liked Anita Sullivan’s story of a desolate half-alien, half-human teenager, Frieda, who was blown in to earth through “The Rift” to face a dislocated future, haunted by the memories of those she has lost. Even the technological bits were infused with a droll wit while director Kate McAll gave us thrills and spills with an adroit use of effects. Erin Richards was touching as Frieda, the ultimate inter-galactic refugee in what became a paean to the lost.
But what did you think? Leave your comments in the box below!