The Ianthology begins with the first instalment in the Gareth David-Lloyd penned trilogy, Tube Strike, out now!

Hitting the ground running with a fast-paced introduction, setting up the tone and ‘villain’ of the story, Tube Strike immediately brings listeners back to the world of Torchwood One. This story poses some really great questions surrounding the origins of the Weevils. At one point Blogtor doubted what he thought he knew about Torchwood based on previous appearances. The script is teeming with life and character, and has cemented itself as one of Blogtor’s personal favourites from Big Finish’s Torchwood Monthly Range.

With grumpy Torchwood engineer Tommy featuring heavily here, it helps to be familiar with the character from the Torchwood One range. You can listen to this story without knowing anything about him, but it does add depth. The character work in this has us even more excited for the return of Torchwood One in May’s I Hate Mondays.

Tube Strike builds on the pre-existing relationship Tommy and Ianto, while shedding new light on how they see each other. Meanwhile, some new backstory for Tommy is just genius.

 

Impressive sound design makes for an atmospheric underground thriller

The sound design from Torchwood regular, Shane O’Byrne, is nothing short of incredible. All the more important with so much of the story taking place deep under the streets of London. As someone who frequently visits and adores London, Blogtor found the sounds of the tube really transport the listener there. The voice of the Weevils from Big Finish newcomer Robert Rackstraw is utterly terrifying too.

The imagery throughout is both horrifying and comedic. From a character holding their own severed arm, to a Weevil in a cocktail dress, this story balances both the terrifying and the ludicrous exceptionally well. If there’s one writer who understands Torchwood and the character of Ianto, it’s of course Gareth David-Lloyd. His script balances the humour, the gore, the suspense, and the character work excellently throughout. Blogtor can’t wait to hear the rest of the Ianthology, especially if the quality remains as high as it was in Tube Strike.

The Ianthology continues in April with the second release, Missing Molly.

 

Torchwood - Tube Strike - (c) Big Finish Sean Longmore Gareth David Lloyd Ianto Jones Weevils Tube
Torchwood – Tube Strike. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish

Torchwood: Tube Strike

Building work on the London Underground has disturbed a nest of Weevils. The ravenous creatures are hunting for flesh. Can Torchwood One contain the feast?

 

Torchwood: Tube Strike is now available to own as a collector’s edition single-disc CD (+ download for just £10.99) or as a digital download only (for just £8.99), exclusively here. Big Finish listeners can save money long-term by ordering Tube Strike as part of a six-release Torchwood – Monthly Range bundle for just £60 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £50 (download only). A 12-release Torchwood bundle is also available for just £110 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £96 (download only).

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