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05 July 2009 @ 03:05 pm
Torchwood : Radio Play : The Golden Age  
The Torchwood team are led to Delhi on the trail of a dangerous energy field.
As the field grows, they witness the simultaneous disappearance of hundreds of people.
Jack discovers that the field centres on an old colonial mansion, Torchwood India.


Oddly enough, though I suspect this radio play was trying to be more upbeat and action/adventure-y than "Asylum", I have to admit that I did in fact fall asleep whilst listening to it O_o... not something that's every happened to me before, and I must admit that I'm more than a little alarmed by this fact.

I believe I drifted off around the time The Dutchess- (or whatever her actual name was, I can't remember and don't actually care enough to find out. Besides, she was far too snooty for my liking anyway. I'm surprised her grating voice and simpering attitude didn't keep me awake, it should have been far too annoying to sleep through!) -was telling Jack just how they'd managed to keep themselves alive for 90-odd-years. Ianto and Gwen had been sucked up by the shadow machine at this point (are you seriously trying to tell me that Team Wales let themselves get taken out by two guys (who sounded as old and rickety as their true ages) and a bottle of chloroform. BAH!).

Afterwhich everything fades into nothingness until there's some almighty sound (crash? bang? Whatever it was I jolted up out awake wondering wtf was going on. It took me a moment to realise that I'd actually drifted off for a moment or two!) and the next thing I know, Jack, Ianto and Gwen are out of Torchwood: India and commenting on how The Duchess finally got what she wanted. Clearly he was very torn up by the loss of his one-time conquest. Hmmm. I'm rather surprised he managed to put up with her at all tbh. She started off well enough what with trying to kill him and all in the beginning, but that brief likeness of her character wore off pretty quickly.

I can't even say that any of the team made up for The Duchess' annoyance. Ianto got in a pretty amusing comment before she started trying to kill them in the beginning. And Gwen and Ianto shared one or two moments when searching the house, but nothing really stands out as being particularly quote worthy, alas. 

I'd be intrigued to find out what everyone else thought of this one, considering that most people seemed to comment on how boring the last one was. Did my girlies like this one? I know some of you guys shared my views in liking Asylum, which definitely trumps this one, hands down.

 
 
 
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Joulez217: Look.joulez217 on July 5th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
I honestly thought that we got cheated a little bit in this one, there was so many pauses between each "scene" that I had to wonder half the time if it had finished early! It doesn't surprise me you fell to sleep, I'm greatful I actually listened to it live as I think I would have nodded off as well!

I will admit I like the thought of there being other, smaller Torchwood's, I mean honestly there can't just be what 4/5 (it's 4 now isn't it?) so I liked that thought of it! Everything else, honestly, although enjoyable in it's own way, sort of made me feel like I was reading a fanfic by someone who had just stepped into Fanficing and the TW fandom. :)

((Apologies for disappearing on msn, computer getting a bit hot and it only letting me run a few things now!))
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.01 \\ XD stopwatch!cs_whitewolf on July 6th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
Very much agreeing with you here. Especially with the scene pauses (yes, probably why I fell asleep! They were taking too bloody long! haha) ...how did Jack save the day btw?

I loved the idea of their being a Torchwood in another country. It's just such a pity it didn't live up to expectations at all! They could have done so much more with it- I was hoping for more locals for a start. ...it was just like reading badfic XD tut tut. I think we'll need to show these writers how it's really done!

((that's okay! I disappear all the time XD ))
Sarahsrah_scottydog on July 5th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
I liked that there were Torchwoods outwith the British Isles, but apart from that...

My mum is a prime example of why I didn't like this. My mum reads a lot but she almost flunked English back in the 70s or whatever and doesn't take any interest in the technicalities of it.
She likes tv, but once again, no particular interest.
Even she was commenting that they sounded out of character. I believe her exact words were "If I didn't know the actor's voices I'd have had no idea what I was listening to..."
The writing was stilted at best and dragging at worst. I wasn't really surprised though, I'm not a fan of James Goss. In fact I'm possibly one of the few fangirly types who hated Almost Perfect.

This may be because I'm a literature snob...
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.05 \\ Comforting Squeezecs_whitewolf on July 6th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was such a promising idea... and then it died such a pitiful death. Alas.

See, I really liked Almost Perfect. I mean it wasn't the best writing out there but it kept me entertained. I was hoping for at least that much from this play, but sadly it was not to be. The characters definitely didn't feel realistic enough for me, and as my friend above said, it came across like bad fanfic in a way.
mrs_cj_harknessmrs_cj_harkness on July 5th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
I listened to it again today, and I have to say, after the second hearing I thought it was a lot better, but I dunno, Asylum and this one are equal in terms of favourites as neither particually stood out for me.
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ S3 \\ Ianto hold Jackcs_whitewolf on July 6th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah? I was considering a second listen for the sheer fact I still don't actually know how Jack managed to save the day XD but I dunno if I can actually be bothered, tbh. I do think Asylum is better than this one though, I liked the OC in that one at least! heh
__♥..Jemz-y Baby..♥__jemzamia on July 6th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
I bloody hated this one and I agree with everything you said.

Everyone one else on my flist seem to be jizzing their pants about it D:
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 1.12 \\ Close to youcs_whitewolf on July 6th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
::high fives::

I don't see what's so jizz-worthy about this one at all. I'm not the type of person who just nods off at things and the fact a Torchwood audio made me do just that, I feel justifies my claims of just how goddamned boring it was! lol.

__♥..Jemz-y Baby..♥__jemzamia on July 6th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
*high fives back*

INORITE? Exactly! The Duchess had less dimensions than a piece of cardboard and the 'threat' or 'danger' or whatever to the world didn't feel a big deal. Yeah making everything revert to 1924 is bad but MAKE IT FUCKING FEEL LIKE IT!
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ S3 \\ Ianto hold Jackcs_whitewolf on July 7th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
LMAO! I was all like someone kill her for being so damn annoying! ...then give Ianto the tech so that he can live for the next 90years with Jack in the hub ;D

__♥..Jemz-y Baby..♥__: Janto Snog!jemzamia on July 7th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
GOOD PLAN (Y)