The Dead Line

Torchwood The Dead Line

Torchwood The Dead Line


John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd star in a full-cast radio adventure based on the hit BBC series

When a Cardiff hospital is inundated with patients that have fallen into coma-like trances, Torchwood move in to investigate. They find that the trances were triggered by phone calls, all of which were made from a number that hadn’t been active forover 30 years.

Determined to find out who’s been calling the unfortunate victims, Jack rings the mysterious number – two, zero, five, nine – nothing. It’s a dead line. Until it calls Jack back, he answers – and falls into a deep trance…

With the help of one of Jack’s old girlfriends, eminent neuroscientist Stella Courtney, the team have to race against time to find the source of the ‘infection’ and save the patients…

Written specially for BBC Radio by Phil Ford, The Dead Line stars John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones.


Listen to a sample:


  • The Dead Line was an original BBC Radio 4 audio play. It was broadcast the week prior to series three of Torchwood.
    Rhys says that Captain Jack is similar to Captain Scarlet in that they both cannot die.
  • The Cardiff Rift is capable of interfering with weather and causing freak meteorological events to occur that others do not foresee.
    Stella says that Jack might start dancing, “and you were never John Travolta.”Hey! I was the Saturday Night Fever!”
  • Rhys recalls the events of Meat and Something Borrowed.
  • Ianto’s comments to the comatose Jack about not expecting to live very long foreshadows his fate in Children of Earth.
  • Rhys and Gwen discuss buying a new home, this leads into Children of Earth: Day One which shows Rhys in the process of house-hunting.


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