Synopsis: Sebastian Vaughan is the brightest, newest recruit to Torchwood. He’s come from a very good family, an excellent school, and with a degree from the finest College. He’s the kind of person bred for Torchwood.
Sebastian Vaughan is exactly the person Torchwood needs. He’s charming, he’s smart, and he’s good in a fight. He’s taken Torchwood’s other new recruit under his wing. With his help, Toshiko Sato will make something of herself and fit in at Torchwood.
Sebastian Vaughan is dead. Toshiko Sato’s been given permission to bring his body home to give him the send-off he deserves. How will Torchwood cope without him?
Review: According to the Extra Interviews, writer Lou Morgan crafted Torchwood: The Vigil as a story about the triumph of competence over privilege. It was that, but the tale was also a brilliant riff on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.”
Morgan started with the obvious by naming two of her characters Madeline and Roderick, but those names were the least important aspects of her storytelling. Morgan understood what Poe did — foreshadowing and suspense were everything. She masked the importance of the foreshadowing and suspense — let it catch the audience unaware — by layering the wonderfully old school social commentary on top.
Then, Morgan let the actors do their jobs. Naoko Mori was excellent as ever, playing Tosh in the early stages of her Torchwood career. However, the hour belonged to Hugh Skinner, who ate the soundscape with plain table and sea salt.
As an added bonus, the folks at Big Finish created a pitch-perfect twitter account for Skinner’s Sebastian (@SebTorchwood). It’s still active as I type this. There’s even a great deconstructionist tweet about how on the nose Jack thinks Sebastian’s twitter handle is. Also, they included a tweet about Sebastian’s dog Blücher — his human credential.
Yet again, listeners got top quality Torchwood. Big Finish continues to be the best platform for the franchise.
- You can purchase Torchwood: The Vigil here.
Naoko Mori (Toshiko Sato), Alex Lowe (Roderick), Lucy Robinson (Madeline Vaughan), Hugh Skinner (Sebastian Vaughan)
Cover Artist Lee Binding
Director Lisa Bowerman
Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs
Music Blair Mowat
Producer James Goss
Script Editor David Llewellyn
Sound Design Richard Fox @ FoxYason Studios
Written by Lou Morgan
Theme Music by Murray Gold
Additional themes by Ben Foster
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