Audio - Torchwood: Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4

Sir Michael Palin narrates the world’s most soothing yet deadly self-help tape, in the latest Torchwood audio release, out now from Big Finish...

The latest series of the Torchwood monthly audio adventures opens with a very different sort of adventure, taking the form of a spoken-word relaxation tape. But the last thing it will provide is release from stress or anxiety, sorry.

You are listening to a self-help tape. You are hearing a soothing voice. You have always wanted to do something with your life, haven't you? Oh, how you've ached to be a better person.

Well now. This is your chance. Go on. Sit back. Close your eyes. Relax. You're going to learn all about Captain Jack Harkness. You're going to learn all about Torchwood.

You're going to change the world. 

Narrator, Sir Michael Palin said: “I enjoy doing radio and I enjoy doing recordings because you have to try to create a picture for people. And especially something like Torchwood: Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4 as it's catchily called, because there's lots to it. It works on lots of different levels.

“It's a very sustained piece. It's a long piece of narration to do. There are lots of different ideas and the pace changes abruptly, and very quickly, from larky- jokey, to very dark and rather violent. Anyone who likes reading stuff, you want to be given something that tests you a bit and this certainly tested me.”

Writer, Tim Foley added: “It was pure joy to watch Sir Michael Palin sink his teeth into the script. He delighted in its weird comedy and revelled in its wonderful menace. I sat there in the studio mesmerised by his delivery. What a lovely voice! What a lovely man!”

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

Torchwood: Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4 is now available as a collector’s edition CD at £10.99 or download at £8.99 from the Big Finish website.

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

Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, 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.


Duration: 78 minutes approx.
Released: 08 April 2020, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Producer: James Goss
Director / Script Editor: Scott Handcock
Music: Blair Mowat
Writer: Tim Foley
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery

Collector’s edition CD £10.99 / Digital £8.99 (download) from

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