Continue the mixing of Torchwood with Classic Who comes Sargasso. In this new story, Rhys takes the lead role and current environmental concerns are combined with a creation dating back to 1970.
During the televised era of Torchwood Rhys Williams developed from a subsidiary character to a full blown member of the team. Through Big Finish and their ongoing Torchwood adventures, characters like Rhys have been provided additional scope to expand. Although his reason for being on the cargo ship may be thin, once the story gets going that small detail doesn’t matter.
There are parallels with previous adventure ‘The Green Life’. Environmental concerns should be at the forefront of all our minds. As Rhys himself highlights, the recent Attenborough documentary exposed the levels of plastic waste in the Earth’s ocean. Writer Robert Holmes made plastic scary with Spearhead in Space and amped up the horror element in the follow up Terror of the Autons. The concept of living plastic is such a strong idea that it was used by both Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat for television material. Strangely given their Doctor Who origins, Sargasso is possibly the strongest Auton story yet.
Torchwood is the ideal home for the horror inflections of the Autons as seen in Terror of the Autons. That story built upon the idea of making the normal scary. Instead of a grotesque troll doll things have moved on to the even more mundane. Your favourite bath time companion may have to sit out the next few dips in the tub! Credit must go to writer Christopher Cooper for capitalising on the horror leanings of the Autons. That familiar Auton sound effect also returns and is obviously highly effective on audio.
Although Sargasso doesn’t benefit from the visual recognition of The Green Life by those who have seen The Green Death before, the strong sound design by Adrian Townsend is more than effective at painting the pictures. Kai Owen fully embodies Rhys, complete with Welsh lad language, bouncing brilliantly off Sydney Feder as Kaitlin, as they carry the story. All of the material is once again in the more than capable hands of director Scott Handcock. If you’re a fan of the Autons then this is a must listen!
This release contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.
Torchwood vs Monsters!
The seas of planet Earth are choked by plastic. Plastic that no-one has a use for and no-one can get rid of.
Rhys Williams finds himself stranded on a container ship in a sea of debris. People on board are dying. Because, luckily, someone’s found a solution to Earth’s polluted waters. The Nestene Consciousness can never have too much plastic.
- Kai Owen (Rhys Williams)
- Chloe Ewart (Captain Anika Banaczik)
- Sydney Feder (Kaitlin Russell)
- Robert Jezek (Yonich)
- Wilf Scolding (Sailor)