Torchwood One: Before the Fall – 1 – New Girl


4.33 out of 5
(3 reviews)
Published on: January 19, 2017


London, 2005. Yvonne Hartman is the undisputed head of Torchwood One. Above the government, beyond the police, she has excellent people skills; enjoys regular tea with the Queen; and effortlessly defends the British Empire from alien threats.Yvonne Hartman is excellent at her job, and inspires devotion in everyone who works with her – until, one day, she makes a terrible mistake. We all make mistakes. But only at Torchwood can a single mistake plunge your world into interstellar war.

Yvonne Hartman’s facing the fight of her life. One she’s going to win.

New Girl

“They’ve been coming to us for years. And we’ve been kept in the dark. My name’s Rachel Allan. And I’m Torchwood”

It’s Rachel Allan’s first day at Torchwood. Torchwood only takes the brightest and the best – and Rachel’s wondering if Yvonne Hartman’s made a terrible mistake in picking her.

Plunged into a world of alien invasions and office politics, Rachel’s desperate to fit in. For one thing, she really wants this job. And, for another, she knows what happens at Torchwood if you fail.

Additional information


Joseph Lidster


Ianto Jones, Tommy Pierce, Yvonne Hartman

Content warnings

Alcoholism, Misogyny, Torture


Barnaby Edwards

Episode timeline





Big Finish – Torchwood One


Ianto Jones/Lisa Hallett, Ianto Jones/Other

Series timeline

Before series 1


Audio drama

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3 reviews for Torchwood One: Before the Fall – 1 – New Girl

  1. Estelle

    This audio is a nice introduction to the world of Torchwood One, it’s all very corporate…but with aliens!
    The contrast between the usual white-collar working environment and the subject matter is very interesting and quite delightful.

    The characters are all very charming, may they be old favourites (Ianto), recent favourites (Yvonne) or complete strangers.

    As for the plot, this is the kind of story where all you want to do when you reach the end is to go back to listen to it all again to see how the pieces were moved masterfully to reach that end.

  2. Dina

    I think exploring Torchwood One is one of the best choices BF made. I’ve never really thought about it much beyond what we see in DW and TW, but the details and all the personnel really make it come alive.

  3. Xandra73

    Great first episode for Torchwood One. This episode starts with Rachel Allen starting her new job at Torchwood One. And it’s a great way to introduce all of use to how TW1 works. It’s definitely less alien hunting and more a normal office job – with a twist. It’s a bit strange to not have Lisa there (what was that for an explanation?), but I guess it served the story – so there we go. The whole cast was great and Sophie Winkleman does such an excellent job as Rachel!

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