Synopsis: “In this room everyone learns the truth. And neither of us will be quite the same when we leave.”
Paris, 1940s. The German-occupied city is in a state of turmoil – a plague ravages the streets, turning people into deformed monsters.
The city’s finest hotel is under siege. SS interrogator Grau has come here to find out the truth. Grau has one night to cure the plague and to unmask the mysterious Madame Berber and who she’s really working for. Herr Grau knows all about Project Hermod. And now he’s going to find out all about Torchwood.
Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners
Review: Torchwood: The Dying Room is review proof. It isn’t review proof solely because of the marvelous performance of Simon Russell Beale in his Big Finish and Torchwood debuts. It’s review proof, because writer Lizzie Hopley gives listeners a well-crafted old-school morality play with an ironic twist at the end.
I’m a child of the 80’s who is also a vintage radio buff. I’ve loved old-school morality plays with ironic twists at the end ever since I first watched Tales From The Crypt or listened to The Mysterious Traveler or The Creaking Door. The lack of moral ambiguity within Torchwood’s usually morally ambiguous framework is refreshing.
As for Mr. Beale, I hope he makes himself at home with Big Finish. There are definitely more stories to be told with Monsieur LeDuc. In and around those, he could work his way through various roles for Big Finish Classics and several other ranges. Mr. Beale could definitely make himself at home where they love stories.
- You can purchase Torchwood: The Dying Room here.
Written By: Lizzie Hopley
Directed By: Scott Handcock
Simon Russell Beale (M LeDuc), Mark Elstob (Herr Grau), Emma Cunniffe (Madame Berber), Aly Cruickshank (Gabriel), David Sibley (The Manager)
Producer James Goss
Script Editor David Llewellyn
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
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