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Golden Age was a radio play based on Torchwood. It was broadcast the week before the Children of Earth mini-series premiered.

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On the trail of a dangerous energy field, the members of Torchwood are led to Delhi. There they witness the simultaneous disappearance of hundreds of people, and Jack discovers that the field centres on an old colonial mansionTorchwood India. Jack is shocked to find that Torchwood India is still going strong — he shut it down himself over 80 years ago. He's even more surprised to find that its members, including his old flame the Duchess, haven't aged a day. What is the secret of their eternal youth, and how is it linked to the deadly energy field? The team must find out — and they haven't a moment to lose, for all the time the field is expanding...


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  • Eleanor's scheme is described as involving stealing potential energy from its victims — life they would have had. This is similar to how the Weeping Angels are said to work in the television story Blink.

Download and CD release[]

  • The story, released on CD on 22 September 2009, was also made available for download from the AudioGo website.
  • Lost Souls, Asylum, Golden Age and The Dead Line were released, both individually, and together as a four-disc collected box set, entitled The Radio Adventures.


  • The Duchess refers to Torchwood India collecting "the Yeti spheres of the Himalayas." (TV: The Abominable Snowmen)
  • The Duchess refers to the partition of India in 1947. This period is explored in TV: Demons of the Punjab and PROSE: Ghosts of India.
  • The Duchess states "the 20th century was when everything changed," a take on Jack's opening narration, "the 21st century is when everything changes," only considering the past instead of the present and future. Similarly, Alex Hopkins told Jack the 21st century is the moment everything changes. (TV: Fragments)
  • Winston Churchill is mentioned as partly to blame for the fall of India's golden age by the Duchess, which leads her to target him as a threat to eliminate when she pushes the world back through time. Churchill would later appear and prove his dubious nature in TV: Victory of the Daleks.

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