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Lost Souls is an original BBC Radio 4 audio play written by Joseph Lidster. It aired on 10 September 2008 in the Afternoon Play slot as part of Radio 4's Big Bang Day. It celebrated the switching on of CERN's Large Hadron Collider, that day. Andrew Marr introduced the audio play live from CERN. An MP3 version of the audio play was made available for seven days after broadcast. It was released on CD on 18 September 2008.

Publisher's summary[]

When scientists start to disappear prior to the activation of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland, Dr Martha Jones of UNIT asks her friends at Torchwood 3, still grieving over the recent death of two colleagues, to investigate.


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  • The team are heard in pursuit of Weevils.
  • Martha wishes she had a sonic screwdriver when she tries to open a locked door.
  • CERN is located at Geneva.
  • CERN are looking for the Higgs particle.
  • Gwen mentions the Bahamas.
  • Ianto and Gwen ride bikes to help them navigate the underground passages at CERN. Ianto is delighted to learn his bike has a bell and rings it.


  • Lost Souls was broadcast on 10 September 2008. As later confirmed by Extremis in the DWU, the Large Hadron Collider was first tested on 10 September 2008. This would place this story in a select class, which take place on the exact same date as they were first released. However, this creates a discrepancy in the overall timeline of the Russell T Davies, as it would ignore the extra year from Aliens of London, and simply assume that these stories are set in the same year that they were broadcast in. In fact, with the extra year in mind, Tosh and Owen died in 2009, one year after the first testing of the Large Hadron Collider. Of course, Lost Souls is far from the only example of such a contradiction.

Download and CD release[]

  • Lost Souls was released by BBC Audio in both CD and MP3 download formats on 18 September 2008, only a week after broadcast. Straight after initial broadcast, for one week only, internet users could download the radio serial free from the BBC website. The CD also includes the BBC Radio Wales feature Torchwood: All Access. Presented by Julian Carey and aired to coincide with the debut of Series 2, this is a 25-minute documentary on the Welsh aspects of the program, featuring interviews with Russell T Davies, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen and behind-the-scenes personnel. The mastering of the track contains an error that results in several minutes of discussion regarding the Hub set and its construction being repeated.
  • 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.


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