As I mentioned a few posts ago, my love for Doctor Who is relatively new and up until now it has primarily been restricted to religiously watching the television series and occasionally diving into some of the classic episodes. However recently at work I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts talking about Doctor Who and I’ve started exploring fan created literature around the show. Fandom sequels might be appropriate here.
I spend a lot of time in my car – at minimum ten hours a week. Given this abundance of time trapped in a steel people carrier rambling down hwy 17 I often listen to CBC and satellite radio. But I recently discovered that via Overdrive (the Ontario library ebook and audio book provider) that I can download Doctor Who and Torchwood content to listen to. There’s not a complete run of the content but there’s enough to keep me busy for awhile.
I just finished listening to the Torchwood BBC Radio Dramas. These short one hour dramas are set between series two and three of Torchwood and feature the voices of the actors associated with the Torchwood series, namely John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones. The short nature of the episodes means that they are fairly fast paced and it’s been a long time since I’ve listening to any drama that was designed exclusively for radio.
It is definitely different than something written for print then read aloud. I really enjoyed this set of dramas. It made me think about classic radio before the invention of TV and the prevalence of high quality radio dramas in days gone by. It also reminded me how much I love Captain Jack as a character and what a great job John Barrowman does in that role.