Settle in for a frightening festive adventure this December, as Torchwood’s Ianto Jones comes face to face with an ancient and alarming Welsh folk myth

Full cast audio drama Torchwood: The Grey Mare finds Gareth David Lloyd’s Ianto Jones in search of a simple, peaceful Christmas away from saving the world. But soon he finds himself in the company of a mysterious creature that wants to join the feast… the Mari Lwyd.

“Listen. Mari Lwyd. White as moonlight. Rattle-bagged and broken backed. Steed of winter who the pale men carry.

“Who are those that squire you? Slow and ceaseless, yard by yard, house by house, and door by door.”

Torchwood producer James Goss laid out the premise of a new tradition begun with The Crown last year. “It’s Torchwood‘s second Christmas Ghost Story! Lauren [Mooney] and Stewart [Pringle] have written a folk horror based around the Welsh tradition of the Mari Lwyd and it’s spooky, enchanting, funny and nasty. Just like the best Torchwood. Can Ianto enjoy a quiet Christmas alone? Spoiler: No.”


Torchwood: The Grey Mare. (c) Big Finish Productions Ianto Jones Doctor Who Gareth David-Lloyd Mari Lwyd Welsh Folk Horror
Torchwood: The Grey Mare. (c) Big Finish Productions

Torchwood: The Grey Mare

The Mari Lwyd is a fine Welsh Christmas Tradition – the skeleton of a horse roams the streets, begging to be let in for food and warmth. Once she knocks, only the most cunning can send her away.

Ianto has come to a remote village for a quiet Christmas. But the Mari Lwyd has come knocking. And she’s real.


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Torchwood: The Grey Mare is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD at £10.99 or on download from the Big Finish website at £8.99. Listeners of the Big Finish Torchwood range can save money by pre-ordering a bundle of stories. A six-release bundle is £60 on CD or £50 on download – or save even more money by ordering all twelve of the latest Torchwood releases together at £110 on CD or £94 on download.


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