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Out Now: Torchwood – Aliens Among Us Part 1

Everything’s changed; we hope you’re ready. Over five years ago, Torchwood finished its most recent TV run, Miracle Day. Since then, the series has found a new home: as an audio series. And now, you can find Torchwood Series 5, the official continuation of the story that began in 2006, as a boxset, exclusively from Big Finish.
As a whole, Torchwood: Aliens Among Us comprises of 12 episodes, and this debut box includes the first four, with subsequent sets due in October 2017 and February 2018.
Here’s the synopsis for this premiere package of stories:

Captain Jack and Gwen Cooper have restarted Torchwood. But it’s in a very different Cardiff. Something terrible’s happened to the city. With every day getting darker, will Torchwood need to adopt a whole new approach?

5.1 Changes Everything by James Goss

Tyler Steele has washed up in Cardiff looking for a fresh start. A disgraced journalist, he’s looking into the Red Doors movement – are they really behind the terrorist attacks on immigrants? Who is stirring up the racism and hatred in the city, and what does outsourcing contractor 3Sol have to do with it? Tyler finds out that Torchwood – a secret organisation that everyone thought long gone – is back in business. Tyler realises that this is the second chance he’s been looking for, and he’ll do anything to be a part of it.

5.2 Aliens & Sex & Chips & Gravy by James Goss

Has Cardiff really been invaded by aliens? Tyler thinks he’s found a lead – the daughter of the mysterious Ro-Jedda is getting married and has booked a private party. If Torchwood can infiltrate it, there’s a chance they’ll end up closer to the truth. Free bar, canapes, and the chance to find out what’s really going on. What could possibly go wrong? Soon Torchwood are on the run for their lives, and learning more than they ever wanted to about alien life.

5.3 Orr by Juno Dawson

Vincent Parry is the most successful property developer in Cardiff. A while ago he made an agreement with the mysterious Ro-Jedda, and it is an arrangement he has come to bitterly regret. Something has to be done – but it’s going to cost him everything he loves. With time running out for Cardiff, Torchwood encounter an alien who knows them only too well.

5.4 Superiority Complex by AK Benedict

Poverty and homelessness are on the rise in Cardiff. The streets are full of the desperate and the dispossessed. So, of course, it’s the right time to open a 7-star luxury, all-inclusive hotel. And, naturally, the hotel is for aliens only. As the humans stand outside the gates and look hungrily in, there’s one thing that makes them smile. Someone is murdering the guests.

Director, Scott Handcock enthuses:

“Aliens Among Us is unlike any other Torchwood release to date. It’s a new team, full-cast, driving the story forward beyond Miracle Day. Unlike releases like [previous sets] Outbreak, or Before the Fall – which are self-contained – the format of tackling ‘Series 5’ has allowed us to build a larger recurring cast of characters, and for James Goss and I to plot out a more-involved, ongoing story arc. Each of the individual stories are standalone, but there’s something far greater too, and elements introduced here will feed into Part 2 and beyond.”

And it’s chock-full of stars!
Aliens Among Us features John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness,Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, Kai Owen as Rhys Williams, Tom Price as Sgt Andy Davidson, Paul Clayton as Mr Colchester, Alexandria Riley as Ng, Jonny Green as Tyler Steele, Stephen Critchlow as The Mayor, Rachel Atkins as Ro-Jedda, Ruth Lloyd as Vorsun, Sophie Colquhoun as Madrigal, Rhian Marston-Jones as Quenel, Lu Corfield as Brongwyn, Rhys Whomsley as Osian, Sharon Morgan as Mary Cooper, David Sibley as Vincent Parry, Sam Béart as Catrin Parry, Anthony Boyle as the Hotel Manager, Sam Jones as Toobert Jailert, and Wilf Scolding as the Personal Trainer. See? Told you.
Torchwood Series 5: Aliens Among Us Part1 is out now, exclusively from Big Finish; it goes on general sale from 1st November 2017.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Out Now: Torchwood – Aliens Among Us Part 1

by Philip Bates time to read: 3 min
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