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05 July 2009 @ 10:08 pm
Torchwood : Radio Play : The Dead Line  

When a Cardiff hospital is inundated with patients who have fallen into coma-like trances,
Torchwood move in to investigate. The trances appear to have been triggered by phone calls,
all received on retro phones and made from a number that hadn't been active for over 30 years.
Determined to find out who has been calling the unfortunate victims,
Jack rings the mysterious number, but the line is dead.
But then it calls Jack back.

Hands down the best radio play of the three. But then, seeing as it was written by Phil Ford, I'd been expecting as much. I loved the plot and the dialogue and that Rhys got to play as part of the Torchwood team (him and Gwen always do an awesome job when they're together, "Bay of the Dead" being a prime example). I'm wondering if the usage of PC Andy and Rhys alot more in the novels/audios/etc means they've already found their two new team members.... hummmm....

The use of the old phones and the "virus" being passed on through the phonelines was pretty nifty. Though Jack's cock-sure attitude when it comes to his own life is beginning to wear thin. Yes, we all know you can't die, Jack, but do you mind setting a better example to your fellow team members? If you knew there was something calling people that could put them in a trance-like state, would you answer a fricken call from that very same number?! No you damn well would not. ::smacks Jack upside the head:: pffft.

Of course, if it wasn't for Jack's stupidity, we'd never have gotten to the best part of the whole thing, that being Ianto's monologue to a trance-like Jack. It was really quite heartbreaking <33 made more so by the fact that Ianto knew it wasn't going to be a "forever" thing for them, that one day Jack really would leave and that eventually he'd be forgotten. Even Jack's comment when he awoke about Ianto not being a blip tugged at my heartstrings because although he promises that now, we all know that one day, hundreds of years from now, he'll have forgotten. With as many lovers as the man has had and will likely have in the future, I'd be beyond impressed if he were able to remember them all.

Still, I did have one fleeting heart-melting moment when he said that to Ianto, just for the sheer fact that he heard him at all and was willing to acknowledge what was said. oh boys!

mood: chipperchipper
absinthefairy88absinthefairy88 on July 5th, 2009 09:57 pm (UTC)
GDL broke my heart with his delivery of that monologue.

I agree with you about Jack - everybody knows he can't die. But immortality does not need to go hand in hand with stupid, Jack. Silly boy.

IMO - they saved the best one for last here. The story was, like you say, pretty nifty and Gwen/Rhys have such a good rapport when they're actually working together outside of their domestic life.

I'm not sure about Rhys joining the team though. I like his 'everyman' status outside of the world of crazy. Ianto's had one relationship within Torchwood that's ended with horrible death and pain and chances are his second one will go the same way. But that's his choice to make and he's adapted to it. I'm not sure if Gwen or Rhys could.
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.07 \\ Gwen is spooked!cs_whitewolf on July 7th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
It couldn't have been more perfect if he'd tried. I came across with such a genuine and honest vibe and omg I fell inlove with him all over again. <33

I totally agree. It had everything we want to see in Torchwood- good teamwork and angsty love moments with a dash of plot you can actually get interested about. Gwen and Rhys are such an awesome duo. I doubt he'll actually get to join the team (Gwen I think would put a stop to any such notions!) but I think we'll be seeing him more unoficially as part of the team.
mrs_cj_harknessmrs_cj_harkness on July 5th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Oh my, I still cannot put into words about that speech. GDL has the perfect voice and non-overdoingness that is needed for something like that, especially on radio/audio books.
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.12 \\ hand to chestcs_whitewolf on July 7th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
It gives me shivers just listening to it. The delivery was perfection and I believed in every word he spoke <33 gah. I'm so glad we got this one!
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Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.03 \\ Janto kisscs_whitewolf on July 7th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
I'll never admit to it, you understand, but I did make a few whimpering noises during his speech. I had goosebumps just listening to his words- they were delivered with such believability that for those four minutes I felt like I was there in that room, seeing Ianto speaking to Jack. ungh. Best moment ever. I do so love my angst <33
daylyn: Jack Ianto kiss short_indiefairydaylyn on July 6th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Hi sweetie.

Oh. OH! That just about broke my heart. That was beautiful and heartwrenching and poignant and painful and just perfect.

Um... where can I hear these radio plays because, seriously, I NEED to listen to this one.

Thanks for sharing.

And hello, btw!
Campaspe: Torchwood \\ 2.01 \\ Ianto fucking Jonescs_whitewolf on July 6th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
Hey, my darling!

Doesn't it just? His delivery of that whole speech is just too perfect. It is so heartbreaking!

And since I cannot deny you anything, enjoy:

Asylum - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=B57DMLVP

The Golden Age - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AYMJMP50

The Dead Line - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AVL84661


And hello back! How's it going?