More Than This

More Than This

More Than This

Cast

Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Richard Nichols (Roger Pugh), Guy Adams (Coachman) with Tom Price (Sergeant Andy)

Produced by James Goss

Script edited by Steve Tribe

Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Synopsis

Gwen Cooper has triumphed against impossible odds before, but now she’s finally met her match: Roger Pugh, Planning Officer for Cardiff City Council.

Mr Pugh doesn’t believe the world needs Torchwood. Gwen sets out to prove him wrong. For Mr Pugh, it’s a day that’ll change his life. If he can survive it.

Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.

Written By: Joseph Lidster
Directed By: Scott Handcock

Notes

 


This title was released in July 2016. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until September 30th 2016, and on general sale after this date.

Review

Without question, this has been the strongest incarnation of Torchwood.’ Tin Dog Podcast

‘This is an extraordinary piece of writing, acting, and direction – an occasion where all the constituent parts come together to create something greater, where they really do become More Than This. 10/10.’ Planet Mondas

‘The soundscaping (Neil Gardner) is fantastic (listen through decent speakers / headphones) and this story ticks every box I can think of.’ Red Rocket Rising

‘… amazing… a masterclass for writing incredibly powerful and moving monologues.’ GallifreyArchive

‘More Than This is a funny, tragic, heart-breaking tale… [In] Roger Pugh… Guy Adams has constructed a complicated, believable character… Richard Nichol’s portrayal… lends him an authenticity that gives the listener pause and a moment to thank whatever deity or higher power they have faith in that they don’t have to share his daily fate. He’s an odd foil for Gwen Cooper, brought back into extra-terrestrial slaying, Earth-saving action by the ever-excellent Eve Myles… Torchwood Three, it’s good to have you back…’ Tim Mass Movement

‘The best moments of the TV show generally came when the characters took a moment to ponder the somewhat unsettling menace of the universe, and this season finale has that in spades. It’s a magnificent way to bring this first season to an end… 9/10’ Starburst

93% “Laying vital foundations for the future but not at the expense of strong storytelling, “More Than This” is essential listening for Torchwood fans, offering listeners a ‘back-to-basics’ approach that feels evocative of Season One” Pop Culture Bandit

Notes

Gwen recalls the destruction of Torchwood Three, noting that it has been all but forgotten in Cardiff within four years. (Children of Earth)
Gwen notes that the Torchwood Institute was founded by Queen Victoria in 1879. (Tooth and Claw)
Gwen recalls the apparent closure of the Cardiff Space-Time Rift, which occurred in 2009. (The House of the Dead)
The Eleventh Doctor was shown to be able to refuel his TARDIS using the rift in 2013, evidently a result of persisting temporal disturbances. (The Doctor and the Nurse)
Gwen refers to what passes through the rift to Cardiff as “flotsam and jetsam”. (Everything Changes)
Roger once had an altercation at a Henrik’s car park. (Rose)
Roger’s wife, Jessica Pugh, died ten years ago, on the night a meteorite containing an alien entity landed in Cardiff, as a result of a car driver who was distracted by the sight. Gwen notes that it was her first day on the job working for Torchwood. (Day One)

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