In Review: Big Finish: Torchwood: The Dying Room

...Lizzie Hopley gives listeners a well-crafted old-school morality play with an ironic twist at the end.


Synopsis: “In this room everyone learns the truth. And neither of us will be quite the same when we leave.”

Paris, 1940s. The German-occupied city is in a state of turmoil – a plague ravages the streets, turning people into deformed monsters.

The city’s finest hotel is under siege. SS interrogator Grau has come here to find out the truth. Grau has one night to cure the plague and to unmask the mysterious Madame Berber and who she’s really working for. Herr Grau knows all about Project Hermod. And now he’s going to find out all about Torchwood.

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

Review: Torchwood: The Dying Room is review proof. It isn’t review proof solely because of the marvelous performance of Simon Russell Beale in his Big Finish and Torchwood debuts. It’s review proof, because writer Lizzie Hopley gives listeners a well-crafted old-school morality play with an ironic twist at the end.

I’m a child of the 80’s who is also a vintage radio buff. I’ve loved old-school morality plays with ironic twists at the end ever since I first watched Tales From The Crypt or listened to The Mysterious Traveler or The Creaking Door. The lack of moral ambiguity within Torchwood’s usually morally ambiguous framework is refreshing.

As for Mr. Beale, I hope he makes himself at home with Big Finish. There are definitely more stories to be told with Monsieur LeDuc. In and around those, he could work his way through various roles for Big Finish Classics and several other ranges. Mr. Beale could definitely make himself at home where they love stories.

Written By: Lizzie Hopley

Directed By: Scott Handcock


Simon Russell Beale (M LeDuc), Mark Elstob (Herr Grau), Emma Cunniffe (Madame Berber), Aly Cruickshank (Gabriel), David Sibley (The Manager)

Producer James Goss

Script Editor David Llewellyn

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Big Finish: Torchwood: The Dying Room
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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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