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Torchwood: Fallout by David Llewellyn

01/06/2012. Contributed by Sue Davies

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pub: Audio Go/BBC. 1 CD 60 minute story. Price: CD: 10.20 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-4458-7194-3). read by: Tom Price.

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A man's shed is his castle but when he's dead and the grieving relatives are pawing over the contents there is bound to be 'Fallout'. Yasmin is looking through the shed at the allotment when she comes upon what looks to be a valuable Russian antique egg. But this is Torchwood and it won't result in a trip to 'Antiques Roadshow'.

Yasmin thinks it might be advisable to sell it on the Internet but when was that ever going to be a good idea? The buyer is a Russian who shoots Yasmin's brother and wounds her. That's when Sergeant Andy Davidson comes into her life. He needs Gwen's advice but although she is happy to supply the information, she's far away in America. It looks like the magnificent two, Yasmin and Andy will have to save the world, if they can.

For an hour's adventure, this moves along quite nicely. It has a suitable alien object and a formidable foe. Its two protagonists are nicely balanced and it has a slap-bang ending. What it doesn't have is the original team and this is effectively a companion chronicle which only briefly features a cameo from Gwen, voiced by Tom Price. However, David Llewellyn has spun up a good story, Tom Price is easy on the ear, I'm happy and this spin-off 'Torchwood' tale ticks the boxes for me.

Sue Davies

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