In Review: Big Finish: Torchwood: Believe

...Guy Adams’ script for Torchwood: Believe perfectly encapsulates the series, warts and all.

Synopsis: The Church of the Outsiders believe that humanity is about to evolve, to reach out into the cosmos. Owen Harper believes that Torchwood has to do whatever it takes to stop them.

Review: According to cast interviews, the actors recorded their parts separately in different locations. Listeners can’t tell, however. To our ears, all the regulars are back together for the first time in years, and Guy Adams’ script for Torchwood: Believe perfectly encapsulates the series, warts and all.

Incompetence and personal biases are unapologetically among Torchwood’s warts. There’s a point beyond which these folks are not equipped to do their jobs. That’s ok. They’re not U.N.I.T. They’re not The Doctor. Therein lies the story. Russell T. Davies created Torchwood because he couldn’t use U.N.I.T. at the time. He was smart enough to bake the meta commentary of their not U.N.I.T.-ness into the foundation layers of his Torchwood cake. Adams adds a few more layers, as well as some marvelously non-linear icing.

John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, and Naoko Mori shined while portraying their characters’ relative lack of shine. They brought real depth to the consequences the team faces, and I cheered when Mori’s Toshiko Sato posited that maybe they ask for the trouble and Jack’s arrogant too close to the vest machinations.

Of course, the problem with a prequel story like this is that character growth is limited by the fact they haven’t reached the ends of their journeys yet. Listeners have to console themselves with the top-notch performances and treat the story as intricate foreshadowing.

You can purchase Torchwood: Believe here. 

Written By: Guy Adams

Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast

John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones), Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Burn Gorman (Owen Harper), Naoko Mori (Toshiko Sato), Mac McDonald (Steve Ross), Lois Meleri Jones (Andromeda), Mali Harries (Val Ross), Arthur Darvill (Frank Layton), Rhian Blundell (Erin), Chris Rankin (Val’s Assistant), Lloyd Meredith (Davey Russell), Jennifer Sims (Grey), Aled ap Steffan (Grey). Other parts played by members of the cast.

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

Producer James Goss

Script Editor Steve Tribe

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.3
Big Finish: Torchwood: Believe
  • Story
    8.0
  • Performances
    10
  • Audio Production
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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