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Torchwood: Mr. Invincible by Mark Morris

01/07/2012. Contributed by Sue Davies

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pub: Audio Go/BBC. 1 CD 63 minute story. Price: CD: 10.20 (UK), Download: 6.11 (UK). ISBN: 978-144587-198-1)read by: Tom Price.

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Aging Ross Chapman feels like a failure. A rubbish job and a boring life make him feel inadequate as a father. A chance encounter whilst working as a petrol station attendant leads to the revelation that he is immune to bullets and any other form of attack.

Arise, the paunchy suburban super-hero, who shall henceforth be known as Mr. Invincible, a reference to the Pixar film.

This is Cardiff, home of the Rift until recently and Torchwood before its demise, a consequence of 'Miracle Day'. Nothing comes without a price and people are dying in peculiar circumstances all over the city. What Cardiff needs is a real hero, what it gets is Captain Jack. He knows all about everlasting life and it mostly sucks. Still, he's back from his travels and making himself useful. Aided by Sergeant Andy, Jack seeks out the heart of the mystery surrounding Mr. Invincible.

Read by Tom Price, who variously 'appears' as all the other characters this is an enjoyable story with a Torchwood twist passing an hour. With a couple of unexpected twists, it lives up to the remit of 'Torchwood's alien a week and although I thought the end was a bit unfair, there is plenty of interesting stuff on the way there. It would have been nice to get Captain Jack reading this but John Barrowman seems to be everywhere these days, so I guess he just doesn't have time.

I would like to think they might consider some full cast dramas again as the plays done for the BBC before 'Miracle Day' were superior in every way to that series. If all we have left is audio books, it would be a sorry end to the show.

Sue Davies

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