❉ And you thought the return of Captain Jack was the biggest Torchwood surprise of 2020 so far…
You are listening to a self-help tape. You are hearing a soothing voice. You have always wanted to do something with your life, haven’t you? Oh, how you’ve ached to be a better person.
Well now. This is your chance. Go on. Sit back. Close your eyes. Relax. You’re going to learn all about Captain Jack Harkness. You’re going to learn all about Torchwood.
You’re going to change the world.
April’s audio adventure with the Torchwood team takes the form of a spoken word relaxation tape. But the last thing it will do is provide release from stress or anxiety.
In a remarkable change to Big Finish’s regular Torchwood adventures, legendary comedian, actor, broadcaster and globetrotter Sir Michael Palin provides sole narration as The Voice of the tape.
Producer, James Goss, said: “Our director, Scott Handcock, had the idea of telling a story entirely through a haunted self-help tape, and we immediately suggested it to Tim Foley, the master of the unusual dramatic style (if you’ve not heard his podcast, The North West Footwear Database, you’re in for a treat). We were only too delighted when Scott secured the services of a national treasure to play the self-help tape. This really is a release to listen to in a darkened room.”
Narrator, Sir Michael Palin, added: “I don’t normally get offered something like this. I’m used to doing The Clangers. It definitely attracted me because there’s an awful lot to it. It’s such a complex piece – from larky-jokey to very, very violent. It’s quite an adventure for me.
“I didn’t do it because it was Torchwood. I haven’t seen a lot of it. But I did a bit of research – I don’t watch much television. Mainly Match Of The Day. I did it because it was a rather fascinating piece of writing.”
TORCHWOOD: TROPICAL BEACH SOUNDS AND OTHER RELAXING SEASCAPES #4
Producer: James Goss
Director / Script Editor: Scott Handcock
Music: Blair Mowat
Writer: Tim Foley
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery
Duration: 60 minutes approx.
Released: April 2020, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Please note that Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.
❉ ‘Torchwood: Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4’ is now available for pre-order as a collector’s edition CD at £9.99 or on download from www.bigfinish.com at £7.99.
❉ Subscribers to the Big Finish Torchwood range can save money by pre-ordering a bundle of forthcoming stories. A six-release bundle is £50 on CD or £45 on download, or you can save even more money by ordering all twelve Torchwood releases together at £90 on CD or £84 on download.
❉ News source: Big Finish Productions.
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