Torchwood #45: The Crown

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The Ferryman stands in shadow and waits.
The Ferryman giggles, hungers and hates.
The Ferryman comes to carry away
All who behold the crown and disobey.

Christmas Eve. Dr Gideon Parr is summoned to an asylum to check on a patient. A patient who claims to be haunted by a terrible curse. A patient who claims to be Queen Victoria.

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

Many years ago, something unspeakable happened at Fetch Priory. And now, a production crew have arrived at the place where it all happened, shooting a cheap and nasty horror film based on the events of that terrible time. But when the crew discover that the horrors of the past have intruded on the present, it’s up to one of the cast – secretly a Torchwood agent – to stop the manifestation of Death itself... Producer James Goss and director/script editor Scott Handcock have hit on a canny idea, importing some familiar Doctor Who monsters into Torchwood, where they stand to benefit from the strong characterisation, adult tone and moral complexity that typify the range. Launching with the Fendahl – an underexplored classic series monster with loads of potential for cosmic horror – is a brilliant move and writer Tim Foley (other credits?) should provide plenty of chills.

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