Something’s happened. Something’s twisted its way into Torchwood One. Something old. Something which should have been forgotten, wiped, abandoned. Something which has been waiting. Something which knows how the world should be ruled, how people should be used.
When humanity’s threatened, Yvonne Hartman is required.
The Law Machines
The Mayor of London is launching her bold new law and order initiative. The capital will be kept safe from crime, from fear, from terrorists. The Law Machines are launching. What could possibly go wrong?
I feel like I say this on every Torchwood One audio release but Yvonne Hartman is such a fascinating character. Her monologue at the halfway mark really puts into relief why. She is ruthless at her job yet cares about the people around her. She wants to protect people but she is very patronising in doing so (and “patronising” is putting very mildly…). It always makes for an interesting and thought-provoking listen.
Yvonne, Ianto and Tommy is an efficient team story-wise. They’re fun to listen to, the actors always give sharp performances and the characters and their differences mesh together nicely.
The plot itself is quite what you expect from the first few minutes though I did love the little twist/irony of a computer program from the 60s calling human inefficient while asking for a telephone operator.
The ending was quite chilling when you realise what policing bad thoughts to avoid bad deeds will lead to as seen in the Outbreak story.
Fun!! I’m not a fan of the way WOTAN speaks but otherwise this is a Peak Audio and I suggest everyone listen!! I like Tommy and Ianto’s dynamic.
You get a lot of the dynamic between Yvonne and Ianto in this audio, you can tell Yvonne cares about Ianto but also is always interested in putting Queen and Country first. The character of the hacker is interesting and the plot is a good old Torchwood MOTW. Tommy is funny and yet annoyingly old fashioned. All in all, a solid entry.
I’m a bit undecided how to rate the first story. I actually think it’s very well done, but it’s starts with a bang and doesn’t slow down until the end. And usually I prefer stories with a bit of a slower pace, because sometimes it gets confusing with too much action. But I think it’s great the story picks up an old enemy from the Doctor Who universe and brings the story into the 21st century. Lots of fun when the 60’s clash with the 2000s.