Synopsis:Â 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:Â According to cast interviews, the actors recorded their parts separately in different locations. Listeners canâ€™t tell, however. To our ears, all the regulars are back together for the first time in years, and Guy Adamsâ€™ script for Torchwood: Believe perfectly encapsulates the series, warts and all.
Incompetence and personal biases are unapologetically among Torchwoodâ€™s warts. Thereâ€™s a point beyond which these folks are not equipped to do their jobs. Thatâ€™s ok. Theyâ€™re not U.N.I.T. Theyâ€™re not The Doctor. Therein lies the story. Russell T. Davies created Torchwood because he couldnâ€™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 charactersâ€™ relative lack of shine. They brought real depth to the consequences the team faces, and I cheered when Moriâ€™s Toshiko Sato posited that maybe they ask for the trouble and Jackâ€™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 havenâ€™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.Â
Written By: Guy Adams
Directed By: Scott Handcock
John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones),Â Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Burn Gorman (Owen Harper), Naoko Mori (Toshiko Sato), Mac McDonald (Steve Ross), Lois Meleri Jones (Andromeda), Mali Harries (Val Ross),Â 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.
ProducerÂ James Goss
Script Editor Steve Tribe
Executive ProducersÂ Jason Haigh-ElleryÂ andÂ Nicholas Briggs
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