Ianto and Tosh are back for more terror and action for Torchwood this summer

Fresh blood is coming to the Torchwood monthly range this summer, as two writers make their debut at Big Finish with an adventure apiece for both Ianto and Tosh. First up is Maddie Wilson’s Restricted Items Archive Entries 031 – 049, due out in July. Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) ventures deep inside Torchwood’s top-secret repository of alien artifacts, where he is chief librarian. But it’s not quite how he left it… Then in August, writer Alexander Stewart takes us for Suckers. It’s a story which finds Toshiko Sato (Naoko Mori) locked inside a high-security mental health unit while doubting Torchwood’s very existence. Her only hope for finding the truth is new roommate Shireen (Emma Kaler).

Maddie Wilson, writer of Restricted Items Archive Entries 031 – 049, said: “Ianto has a lot going on below the surface. He gets to express his frustration in this story about being ignored and overlooked. I like the idea that Torchwood is sitting on this archive of strange, baffling items that make no sense and it isn’t clear what they should do with them. It’s been fun to explore what’s hiding in there.”

Writer of Suckers, Alexander Stewart, added: “I used to work in mental health units and wanted to use that experience to create this script for Big Finish. There was always an interesting dynamic between staff and patients which I have explored in this drama by putting the brilliant but vulnerable character Tosh in this scenario. Can she be sure that the monsters she’s seeing are real?”

 

Torchwood: Restricted Items Archive Entries 031-049. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish Productions Doctor Who Ianto Jone Gareth David-Lloyd
Torchwood: Restricted Items Archive Entries 031-049. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish Productions

Restricted Items Archive Entries 031 – 049 by Maddie Wilson

The Restricted Items Archive is where all the items too dangerous for Torchwood are stored. Ianto Jones carefully catalogues each and every one. And he always works down there alone. Only, something’s not quite right. There’s a secret in the Restricted Items Archive that won’t be ignored any longer.

 

Torchwood: Suckers. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish Productions Doctor Who Toshiko Sato Naoko Mori
Torchwood: Suckers. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish Productions

Suckers by Alexander Stewart

Shireen’s not exactly enjoying being sectioned, but she’s been in worse places. That psychiatric unit in Brecon was a right dump. This one’s alright, though. There’s table tennis, art therapy and they even get to do a bit of gardening.

There’s only one problem. Shireen’s roommate. Toshiko –she’s a total space cadet, convinced the unit is overrun by aliens. Yeah, right.

 

Restricted Items Archive Entries 031-049 and Suckers are each available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD (+ download for just £10.99 per title) and also as digital download only (for just £8.99 each), exclusively from www.bigfinish.com.

Both Torchwood audio dramas are also available to pre-order in a six-release bundle for just £60 (on collector’s edition CD + download) or £50 (download only). Big Finish listeners can also pre-order a whole year’s worth of adventures together in a bundle for just £110 (on collector’s edition CD + download) or £94 (download only).

Please note that Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.

Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. Factors beyond Big Finish’s control may delay the mail-out of collector’s edition CDs. But all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that user can immediately download or play on the Big Finish app from the release date.

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Peter is a regular contributor to Blogtor Who and has also written for Doctor Who Magazine's Cosplay feature. His art was published in BBC Books' Doctor Who: 100 Illustrated Adventures, while a number of his essays appear in the You and Who series of books. He lives in Ireland with a wife who's remarkably understanding of being dragged across to the UK to take photos of him outside police boxes and a son who was plonked down in front of "Rose" at eight months old and hasn't looked back since.

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