In Review: Big Finish: Torchwood: Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4

Big Finish pulled out all the stops, because the format of Torchwood could never be so utterly and completely broken in this way again.

Synopsis: You are listening to a self-help tape. You are hearing a soothing voice. You have always wanted to do something with your life, haven’t you? Oh, how you’ve ached to be a better person.

Well now. This is your chance. Go on. Sit back. Close your eyes. Relax. You’re going to learn all about Captain Jack Harkness. You’re going to learn all about Torchwood.

You’re going to change the world.

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

Review: I’m giving Torchwood: Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4 perfect scores in all categories. Writer Tim Foley crafted a one-off one-man show for Sir Michael Palin. It worked so well because it’s a one-off one-man show. Big Finish pulled out all the stops because the format of Torchwood could never be so utterly and completely broken in this way again.

Story

Foley knew he had one job — make room for Sir Michael Palin. He accomplished this by writing an actor’s script with the most basic plot.

I absolutely loved how the regular characters were wholly realized despite the total absence of the regular actors. I also really appreciated how the character listening to the haunted self-help tape was the ultimate every person. Listeners never even learned their gender, let alone their names. Despite those knowledge gaps, it was possible to empathize with and relate to them.

I highly recommend listeners stay for the Extra Interviews. Foley’s inspirations for the story are extremely interesting.

Acting

Listeners who stay for the Extra Interviews also get to hear from Palin himself. The man had tremendous fun operating outside his comfort zone. He brought layers to his performance that I don’t think he even knew he had.

Overall

Torchwood: Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4 was brilliant. I hope Big Finish invites Sir Michael Palin back for more fun in some of their different ranges.

10
Big Finish: Torchwood: Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4
  • Story
    10
  • Performance
    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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