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March 12th, 2021 9 comments

Big Finish Torchwood 51 The Five People You Kill in Middlesbrough

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Torchwood via Albert Square and the Death Star!

The North East’s the place to be for an EastEnders reunion, a Star Wars fighter pilot and an 80s drama student in June’s monthly Torchwood adventure.

The Five People You Kill in Middlesbrough stars Tracy-Ann Oberman as Torchwood’s favourite antagonist Yvonne Hartman, in a full-cast audio adventure of her own making. She’s joined by Kacey Ainsworth as dithering Leader of the Opposition Jill Kerr, Denis Lawson as political bogeyman and superforecaster Casper Beacham and Nathaniel Curtis as divorced columnist Lancelyn Green.

The two actresses first starred opposite each other from 2004 to 2005 in BBC soap opera EastEnders, where Tracy-Ann Oberman played Chrissie Watts alongside Kacey Ainsworth’s Little Mo. Denis Lawson is best known to sci-fi fans as fighter pilot Wedge Antilles, who flew as part of the Red Squadron alongside Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, and Nathaniel Curtis recently starred in Russell T Davies’ hit show It’s A Sin as Ash, one of the Pink Palace gang.

This all-star cast is completed by Tim Bentinck (The Archers, Space: 1999), Sara Powell (The Diary of River Song, Holby Blue), Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield) and Big Finish newcomer, Matt Battersby.

Torchwood: The Five People You Kill in Middlesbrough is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD at £10.99 or on download at £8.99, exclusively at

When a spaceship crashes on Middlesbrough it’s very sad, of course. But we at Torchwood have long had a plan to contain such a disaster.

Only, nothing is happening. And the disaster is spreading. So, I set out to find out what’s going on. What has happened to The Icarus Protocol? Who launched a Moonstrike Missile? And why will no-one admit that there’s a cloud of deadly particles sweeping across the United Kingdom?

My name is Yvonne Hartman. Don’t come between me and my country.

Producer and script editor James Goss said: “This is a very special release – Tracy-Ann came to us with the brilliant idea of ‘Yvonne Hartman saves the nation’. When a spaceship crashes on Middlesbrough would we really be better off with Torchwood in charge? It’s sort of Kind Hearts And Coronets with Yvonne Hartman, as she encounters a series of human obstacles and has to get them out of her way. It was brilliant working with Tracy-Ann and Tim Foley on this, and we were also stunned by the cast that Tracy-Ann and Scott Handcock put together – yes, Wedge Antilles is in this but so is Little Mo! The result is a star-studded satirical romp, but I should stress any resemblance to actual apocalypses is purely coincidental.”

Torchwood: The Five People You Kill in Middlesbrough is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD at £10.99 or on download from the Big Finish Website at £8.99.

Please note that Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.

Listeners of the Big Finish Torchwood range can save money by pre-ordering a bundle of stories. A six-release bundle is £60 on CD or £50 on download – or save even more money by ordering all twelve of the latest Torchwood releases together at £110 on CD or £94 on download.

Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.

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  • Shaun

    March 14th, 2021 - 9:33pm

    Middlesborough has many happy Doctor Who memories for me! I bought the original VHS edited Brain of Morbius there in WH Smith in a post-Christmas sale, as well as various Target novels like Death to the Daleks, which I remember starting to read over lunch in a cafe immediately after buying it. I also found a Denys Fisher Leela figure in a toy shop called Romer Parrish in the early 1980s (if I’d bought all the ones on the shelf I could’ve made a fortune now on ebay!) and the ‘Paint and draw the film of Dr Who and the Daleks’ colouring/dot-to-dot book from the first Peter Cushing film in a charity shop in the very early ’90s.

    • Anonymous

      March 15th, 2021 - 8:08pm

      Wonderful to read that you had a good experience here! The town gets a lot of undeserved flak, often from people who’ve never set foot in it, so it’s great to see positive comments.

  • The Brigadier@2013

    March 13th, 2021 - 5:40pm

    Very odd how there’s nothing image-wise to connect it to Middlesbrough, other than the word in the title! A picture of the Transporter Bridge would have been good!

  • dalekz

    March 13th, 2021 - 12:49pm

    Auntie Val…!

  • Anonymous

    March 12th, 2021 - 10:42pm

    oh boy Middlesbrough is in for a shock!

    • Anonymous

      March 13th, 2021 - 7:39am

      Living there, I can tell you. She’s in for a bigger shock. And Those deadly particles are still here, haha

    • Anonymous

      March 13th, 2021 - 8:42am

      Middlesbrough Vs. Yvonne Hartman. A TV special waiting to happen

  • Anonymous

    March 12th, 2021 - 7:06pm

    Yvonne Hartman, Little Mo, and Wedge Antilles?

    The crossover I never knew I needed.

  • Anonymous

    March 12th, 2021 - 6:43pm

    Very impressed that they spelt Middlesbrough correctly!


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