THE TORCH­WOOD AR­CHIVE

Hub-y birth­day

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Pub­lisher Big Fin­ish

The Who uni­verse loves a birth­day knees-up, but Big Fin­ish’s cel­e­bra­tion of 10 years of Torch­wood takes a fresh ap­proach to an­niver­sary re­unions, wisely leav­ing The Three Cap­tain Jacks to slash fic writ­ers.

In­stead, The Torch­wood Ar­chive is a mil­len­nia-span­ning an­thol­ogy that trans­ports us from the foo-fight­ing out­fit’s early days un­der Queen Vic­to­ria to the dis­tant fu­ture, where its his­tory is pre­served in a dig­i­tal stor­age fa­cil­ity on a re­mote as­ter­oid.

Recorded piece­meal over many months, it’s like a Torch­wood Cas­set­te­boy mash-up, fea­tur­ing most of the key play­ers from the past decade, in­clud­ing Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori, Indira Varma and, of course, John Bar­row­man.

James Goss skill­fully as­sem­bles all the jig­saw pieces into a co­her­ent nar­ra­tive that’s true to Torch­wood’s batty blend of sci-fi and salty Welsh hu­mour (one story in­volves a fac­tory full of blow-up alien sex dolls – well of course). De­spite much of the heavy lift­ing be­ing done by new char­ac­ters, it’s a fun ride that, by lit­er­ally be­ing all over the place, serves as a fit­ting tribute to the glo­ri­ous, be­wil­der­ing mad­ness that is Torch­wood. Paul Kirkley

Also out: four-disc re­lease Torch­wood: Out­break, in which an alien virus gets loose on the streets of Cardiff.

He must work out.

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