Torchwood: Poppet journeys deep into the Welsh countryside, and into terror

A new year brings new Torchwood, as Big Finish’s first Torchwood first release of 2024 pits Gwen’s husband Rhys against dark forces. Poppet is another mythology tinged horror from the fertile imaginations of writing team Stewart Pringle and Lauren Mooney.

Stewart Pringle said: “We’ve really been enjoying writing for the characters who are slightly on the periphery of the Torchwood organisation. The ones who have a more ambiguous, precarious relationship to the weirdness that’s going on around them. Rhys feels like the ultimate example of that.

“When we meet Rhys in Poppet he’s also a man on the run, in hiding after the events of Children of Earth, and here he’s briefly separated from Gwen and Anwen too. He’s vulnerable, anonymous, he has none of the power or protection of Torchwood. He misses his family. He misses them so much. And he’s going to meet something absolutely horrifying.”

Lauren Mooney added: “We’ve written about folk traditions before, like the Mari Lywd in our first Torchwood story, The Grey Mare, and poppets are from the same sort of world, I guess.

“They’re little wooden dolls, human effigies used in sympathetic magic and, pleasingly, they sometimes turn up in the chimneys of old houses. Sometimes they’ve been put there for protection, and sometimes quite the opposite.

“There’s something quite spooky about the thought that you could be living alongside these old charms and symbols for years and years without knowing they were there, and that was where the story began.”

 

Torchwood: Poppet. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish Kai Owen Rhys Willians
Torchwood: Poppet. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish

Torchwood: Poppet

A child goes missing in a small Welsh town. As Rhys grows closer to the traumatised Catherine and her husband, he discovers that something is badly wrong in their remote cottage. There are scratches in the plaster, little wooden figures hidden in the walls, and next-door neighbour Mr Collins isn’t what he seems.

Will you join them at the festival of darkness?

Torchwood: Poppet it out now from Big Finish.

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