In Review: Big Finish: Torchwood: Goodbye Piccadilly

Sgt Andy Davidson wakes up in the 1950s. He’s chained to a bed; his clothes are missing; the building’s on fire. Norton Folgate needs his help.

Synopsis: Sgt Andy Davidson wakes up in the 1950s. He’s chained to a bed; his clothes are missing; the building’s on fire. Norton Folgate needs his help.

The streets of Soho are swarming with gangsters, rumors and betrayals. Somewhere out there is a mysterious alien artifact, and Andy and Norton have to get to it first. Tonight they’re going to save Torchwood.

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

Review: Torchwood: Goodbye Piccadilly is James Goss’ marvelously tragicomic follow-up to Torchwood: Ghost Mission. As a fool for Who-verse historicals, I thought this sequel surpassed the original. I really appreciated the research Goss did to capture the bittersweet reality for gays and other iconoclasts in 1950’s Soho.

The fully realized context would’ve meant nothing, though, without the pitch-perfect performances of Tom Price and Samuel Barnett. Price and Barnett dial Andy and Norton’s odd couple dynamic up to 11. Listeners have no doubt that their uniquely topsy-turvy relationship will continue to evolve and be tested in the wake of certain Machiavellian developments.

As for the plot of the story, HG Wells’ fans are going to be ecstatic. Goss goes back to the seminal well and manages to find some different flavored water.

All in all, Torchwood: Goodbye Piccadilly left me wanting more stories set in this corner of the Torchwood universe with my now favorite Torchwood duo. That said, box sets might be a bit much. An annual stand-alone adventure would be perfect. 

You can purchase Torchwood: Goodbye Piccadilly here.

Written By: James Goss

Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast

Tom Price (Sgt Andy Davidson), Samuel Barnett (Norton Folgate), Lucy Sheen (Fat Kim), Liam Hourican (The Vicar), Wilf Scolding (Alejandro), Rachel Atkins (Margot). Other parts played by members of the cast.

Producer James Goss

Script Editor David Llewellyn

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.7
Big Finish: Torchwood: Goodbye Piccadilly
  • 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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