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Little wooden effigies cue a folk horror story for Rhys Williams, in a brand-new full-cast audio drama released today from Big Finish Productions.
A totally terrifying Torchwood tale begins for Rhys Williams (Kai Owen, fresh from the hugely impactful ITV drama Mr Bates vs The Post Office), in Poppet, by husband and wife writing team, Stewart Pringle and Lauren Mooney.
A child goes missing in a small Welsh town. As Rhys grows closer to the traumatised Catherine and her husband, he discovers that something is badly wrong in their remote cottage. There are scratches in the plaster, little wooden figures hidden in the walls, and next-door neighbour Mr Collins isn’t what he seems. Will you join them at the festival of darkness?
Actor Kai Owen said: “The story of Poppet is an absolute belter. A story full of witchcraft and mystery and some very creepy characters. Rhys gets involved – as he always does – and finds himself landed in a world where he's sort of lost without his wife but his own experience of being in the world of Torchwood somehow gets him out of it.
“I think it's entertaining to see somebody out of their comfort zone – a normal guy in this extraordinary world and I think that's what makes it interesting. It's been a joy to record.”
Joining the cast are Scott Arthur (Alex), Emily Burnett (Catherine), Arbel Jones (Maia) and Sion Tudor Owen as Mr Collins. Sion previously played Drathro's aide Tandrell in Doctor Who – The Trial of a Time Lord: The Mysterious Planet, in 1986.
Praise for previous Torchwood Monthly Range stories by the same authors:
“The Grey Mare has some sweet, often sad character beats and plenty of atmosphere and tension. There are moments that are genuinely unsettling and the Mari Lwyd is such a vivid piece of horror, it’s sure to have you looking up the Welsh legend online once the story has ended.”
We Made This
“This is Torchwood, especially these small cast plays, at its best. Clever and subtle, thematically brawny but light on its feet. A highlight of a consistently strong, consistently inventive range. 9/10”
Sci Fi Bulletin
“Dog Hop is a triumphant, though perhaps unexpected, success – yet another in a range that shows no sign of running out of steam. This is undoubtedly a surprise contender for Big Finish’s best story of 2023.”
“One of the best releases in one of Big Finish’s best ranges. Completely barking, but utterly brilliant.”
Doctor Who Magazine
Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.
Big Finish listeners can purchase Torchwood: Poppet as part of a six-release Torchwood – Monthly Range pre-order bundle for just £60 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £50 (download only). A 12-release Torchwood bundle is also available for just £110 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £96 (download only).
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.