Torchwood One – we defend the British Empire. We keep everyone safe. For your own good.
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.
Ianto Jones has just moved to London. He’s broke, has no friends, no future. One day he loses the one thing he’s been holding on to, and suddenly people around him are dying. Could a mysterious woman really offer him salvation?
This audio is an excellent character piece on top of having a solid plot.
Obviously, the hook is that it is Ianto’s “origin story”. How did he get a job at Torchwood One? And the answer is not what I expected.
It is as tragic as the rest of his life. In that regard, Ianto’s monologue close to the end is particularly bittersweet when you know what’s to come.
Both the writing and the acting do a really good job at portraying a younger and less hardened Ianto that is, nevertheless, the man we’ve come to know to the core.
As always when it comes to this series, I have to mention Yvonne Hartman. We see both a more vulnerable and a more ruthless side of her in this audio and I love it!
Despite being a fast-paced adventure with lots of grim character moments, there is a lot of situational humour as well as witty one-liners, which makes it a well-rounded listen.
An amazing audio. Don’t listen to this if you’re having an existential or identity or any other form of crisis, though. Pretty hefty with that sort of stuff in there. Otherwise–absolutely stunning! Good for understanding what Ianto was like before Torchwood got its mitts on him. One of my favourites.
Utterly heartbreaking tale of how Ianto came to be Torchwood. Yvonne is her usual self, whatever she thinks is best for Queen and Country is all that matters. Ianto ‘s story is as always, full of pain and angst. He also learns how to make his orgasmic coffee and names a rat in his apartment Steve. He’s adorable as always and we see him at his most innocent and untouched by trauma. A must listen for any one who loves Ianto and wants the back story.
This story was the main reason I wanted to own this set and it certainly delivered. Gareth David-Lloyd did a great job with the writing again. It was great to read about Ianto in London and how he met Yvonne and got recruted for Torchwood One. And I have to say was not what I expected, it really hits you in the gut. We all know Ianto’s story is really tragic and I want to hug him all the time and then comes Gareth along and writes a story that makes it so much worse. Sigh. I love it.