The torchwood team are back to solve another case, but this time they’ve got some extra back-up. What starts as a simple case of shoplifting soon escalates into something far more sinister, when PC Andy discovers the girl he’s arrested is not only dishevelled and muddy, but is also sporting an unusual line in weaponry. Captain Jack and the gang step in, but the strange girl slips from their grasp and goes on the run. PC Andy insists on being part of a case that will change his world forever…
Asylum reflects the pace and structure of the TV show, featuring the vocal talents of favourites such as John Barrowman, Eve Miles and Tom Price. With PC Andy as the driving force behind the mystery, the story is both funny and, certainly where Andy’s unrequited love for Gwen is concerned, at times, heartbreaking. It is explicitly set in 2009 and, beneath the rip-roaring story, there are undertones of the dangers of xenophobia and racial intolerance, making this an extremely powerful and multi-layered piece of drama.
Director, Kate McCall, does a fine job of capturing the feel and tone of the TV series, using understated scoring and an extremely effective sound-design. Asylum is a Torchwood tale that will appeal to fans who want to see their favourite characters in a slightly different light.