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Torchwood: Red Skies by Joseph Lidster

01/08/2012. Contributed by Sue Davies

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pub: Audio Go/BBC. 1 CD 83 minute story. Price: CD: 7.49 (UK), Download: 5.49 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-44587-196-7) narrator: John Telfer.

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On Cotter Paluni's world, there is a news blackout. Forget that, there is a total blackout. The 'Red Skies' of Cotter Paluni's world keep out the universe and none of its grey skinned inhabitants know it's there. Captain Jack thinks it might be a nice place for a visit. He needs a holiday after all that 456 business, the Blessing, yada yada. He's constantly travelling and seeking his own kind of peace. Too many worlds, too many memories and he can't get far enough away.

Arriving on Cotter Paluni and seeking some liquid refreshment, Jack meets a nice barmaid but is disappointed to find the only beverage, available in pretty green, is vegetable puree. There has got to be something a bit wrong with a world that has no beer. Still, everyone seems happy enough until the barmaid reveals that this world worships the great god, Torchwood.

As deities go, Jack wouldn't necessarily have chosen his erstwhile employer and he needs to get to the bottom of this mystery. He's ably helped by a local detective who, though as grey-skinned as his compatriots, is a little bit pink around the rather rampant and unabashed Jack.

John Telfer (known to some as Vicar Alan in BBC 'The Archers') ably presents this audio, although a little part of me wanted the original Captain. Telfer is more than up to the task of presenting numerous voices and accents, including something resembling Danish. Perhaps he's been watching 'Borgen'. There is an array of subtle effects giving a cracking story ample back up. Very enjoyable.

Sue Davies

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