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You’d better not shout. You’d better not cry. You’d better not pout. I’m telling you why. A skeletal horse, dressed in white robes and ribbons is coming to town.
Gareth David-Lloyd stars in a spooky story of myth and mystery. Can Ianto Jones enjoy a quiet Christmas alone? Or will he fall foul of the riddle of the Mari Lwyd?
The Mari Lwyd is a fine Welsh Christmas Tradition – the skeleton of a horse roams the streets, begging to be let in for food and warmth. Once she knocks, only the most cunning can send her away.
Ianto has come to a remote village for a quiet Christmas. But the Mari Lwyd has come knocking. And she’s real.
Actor Gareth David-Lloyd said: “I'm a massive horror fan. I love tension, and suspense, and fear. And when horror and folklore combine, I get very excited, so I fell in love with this script straight away.”
Co-writer Lauren Mooney told Doctor Who Magazine: “The Mari Lwyd is an amazing tradition, and it’s not ostensibly frightening in the delivery of it; it’s a community pastime. But there’s always something interesting about ‘How far would you have to nudge something familiar before it began to feel malign?’”
Co-writer Stewart Pringle added: “It didn’t feel like you would have to nudge the Mari Lwyd very far! Ianto Jones tries to hoard Christmas like a miser and gets the kind of payback that misers always get when they try to hoard things at Christmas!”
Torchwood: The Grey Mare is now available to own 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.
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