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Asylum was an original BBC Radio 4 audio play aired on 1 July 2009. It was the first of three audio dramas to be played on the BBC Radio 4 slot afternoon play as a prelude to the show's third series.

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When PC Andy Davidson arrests a young girl for shoplifting, he thinks it's going to be a routine case. That is, until he sees that she is carrying a gun. The girl is soaking wet, covered in mud, and the weapon is like nothing he's ever seen before. He knows that this is a case for Torchwood... The team discovers that the girl is called Freda, but can find out nothing else. Yet when she speaks, it's a strange mix of English and Icelandic, but with a Cardiff accent. While Jack and Ianto check out the girl's weapon and her blood sample at the Hub, Gwen and PC Andy take Freda to a safe house. But when Jack calls with the results—and Freda goes on the run—PC Andy finds his world turning upside down.


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  • Freda was born on 30 May 2053.
  • By the year 2069, Earth's food is being rationed.
  • Freda's alien heritage comes from her grandmother, who was one alien refugee of 13 from a planet that was being destroyed by solar flares.
  • Jack threatens to Retcon Andy when he annoys him during a ride in his police car.
  • Jack agrees to create an asylum policy in Torchwood Three.
  • Torchwood Three was still active in 2069, as Freda claimed that they had originally sent her through the Rift.


  • This episode is set after the television story Exit Wounds and the audio story Lost Souls as Owen Harper and Toshiko Sato are no longer mentioned. There is nothing to indicate if it occurs before or after the television story Journey's End, but Ianto's involvement shows that it occurs prior to series 3.
  • Andy finally learns the true nature of Torchwood. This appears to be somewhat consistent with series 3.

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