In Review: Big Finish: Torchwood: God Among Us Part 3

In times of disaster, people turn to God, but what if God no longer believes?

Synopsis: In times of disaster, people turn to God, but what if God no longer believes?

Cardiff is recovering from a catastrophe. Torchwood finds themselves up against the Disaster Recovery Committee – instead of putting the city back on its feet, it seems to be preparing for something worse. There’s a conspiracy to be exposed, a mythical monster becomes real, fights are breaking out over drinking water, and Jack Harkness is getting ready for the end of the world.

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

Review: What’s one of the first things an instructor tells creative writing students? Don’t insert a Deus Ex Machina.  Writers Tim Foley, James Goss, Robin Bell, and Alexandria Riley used Torchwood: God Among Us Part 3 to give listeners a crash course in what can happen when that advice is ignored. In order to do that, they crafted a flawed God that fell somewhere between the deity of the Judeo-Christian tradition and the gods of the polytheistic traditions. In response, Jacqueline King gave a superb, subtly layered performance, conveying this divine being’s point of view warts and all. Throughout this journey, King’s God facilitated growth in all the characters she came in contact with. This, in turn, gave listeners some great character-driven drama. 

In “A Mother’s Son” by series star Alexandria Riley, we’re given an unflinching story of grief and aftermath. I really appreciated how deftly Riley wove the emotional beats together with the necessary exposition, as she caught the audience up. Mina Anwar performed her heart out as a mother searching for her son, while processing the existential breakdown that was Cardiff.

In “ScrapeJane” by Robin Bell, listeners were treated to a cautionary allegory about group think and social media. I loved how all the tropes associated with urban legend horror were weaponized. I also enjoyed how effectively returning featured characters were used.

In “Day Zero” by Tim Foley, the darkness built, and listeners head into full on dystopia. I have to say that this episode was hard to listen to, because we’re a hair’s breath away from it not being allegory anymore. Tom Price took Andy down a truly terrifying road without any comforting forks ahead.

Finally, “Thoughts and Prayers” by James Goss gave us a conclusion in which irony became performance art. Samantha Béart was front and center as Orr realized her full potential by claiming the ultimate double-edged sword. It all culminated in a marvelous cliff-hanger, setting up the next Torchwood arc.

Cast

John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Yvonne Hartman), Paul Clayton (Mr Colchester), Alexandria Riley (Ng), Jonny Green (Tyler Steele), Samantha Béart (Orr), Tom Price (Sergeant Andy Davidson), Tariq Ali (Lead Counsel), Aaron Anthony (Anthony), Mina Anwar (Bethan), Taj Atwal (Sal), Timothy Blore (Security Guard), Laura Dalgleish (Faye), Harry Heap (Angry Boy), Peter Heenan (Jeff), Abbie Hern (Niamh), Jacqueline King (God), William Kirk (Bay Soldier), Gabin Kongolo (Angry Man),Francois Pandolfo (News Researcher), Ri Richards (Meredith Pope)Ramon Tikaram (Colin Colchester Price), Elian West (Louise)

Production Credits

Written by Tim Foley, James Goss, Robin Bell, Alexandria Riley

Additional themes by Ben Foster

Cover Artist Simon Holub

Director Scott Handcock

Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery

Music Blair Mowa

Producer James Goss

Script Editor Scott Handcock

Sound Design Steve Foxon

Theme Music by Murray Gold

9.7
Big Finish: Torchwood: God Among Us Part 3
  • Story
    9.0
  • 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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