Torchwood are on the run. As the world puts itself back together, Torchwood are there to pick up the pieces. And they find something nasty hiding in them.
A housing estate where everyone’s gone mad, an industrial estate interrogation facility, a lighthouse in Iceland, the comments section of a newspaper. Trouble is everywhere. And so are Torchwood.
7.4 Moderation by James Goss
Tyler Steele has a job moderating the comments section of a website. His old friend Petra is a star reporter for the newspaper. And Tyler realises the newspaper is going to kill her.
As all stories in this box-set, this episode is more low-key and intimate than in previous ranges, in which the overarching plot was often heavily driving each episode. This box-set is definitely more of a slow build-up focusing on at most three characters at at time. It lets you spend time in this world, with these characters, but it still manages to creepily and convincingly introduce the new threat. And, after 4 years of absence, this is definitely what this range needed.
The plot of this story is definitely in line with what the Torchwood The Story Continues range has been about: stories that are science fiction but feels a bit too close to home for comfort. In this story, what a more and more likeable Tyler and an endearingly supporting/protective Mr Colchester confront could be from the real world if it were not for small Torchwoody plot points. And, to me, that’s what makes this range so fascinating.