Written by Guy Adams and released in October 2018, The Man Who Destroyed Torchwood is the second episode of the first box set of Torchwood: God Among Us and finds Tyler Steele teaming up with local Youtube legend Brent Hayden taking down Torchwood.
Guy Adams has really stepped up his game since the early days. In some of my other reviews you might notice just how much my dislike for his work has diminished. The Man Who Destroyed Torchwood is no different. I’m not quite sure what to make of it. On the one hand, it feels like cleverly inserted political discussion about government and social justice, but then you have a scene that just takes the piss out of all of it. It’s really fun to listen to.
The highlight of this episode is easily John Barrowman playing a parody of a mad gangster boss. You’ve got Yvonne Hartman as the stereotypical office girl and Brent Hayden as a conspiracy nutcase that you’ll probably gonna fall in love with for the wrong reasons.
He starts out good enough, but as the episode goes on and the layers are peeled back, you realise that you’re listening to an idealised version of Brent. But who’s?
I should also mention that this episode jumps around a lot. It’s a bit like Deadpool with lots of flash backs, but because of the no-visual element, it can be a little difficult to keep track of when you are in the story. It’s not a game breaker, in fact I praise Adams for the creativity.
In the end, there isn’t much more I can say about the story without spoiling it for you. It has some excellent interactions between Tyler and Brent and several entertaining scenes between Brent and Torchwood. My best description of The Man Who Destroyed Torchwood is that it’s a comedic horror, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.