Review: Torchwood – Lease of Life

Review by Jacob Licklider


Aaron Lamont got his start with Big Finish Productions with the Dark Shadows audio drama The Haunted Refrain, a story set in a house dealing with the destruction of a once happy marriage as someone wastes away and Quentin Collins is trapped on a gramophone record. Lamont’s script is characterised by character drama as someone wastes away, not taking advantage of the life that they are privileged to have. I bring this up because the first story where Lamont steps away from the Dark Shadows range, Torchwood: Lease of Life, plays with a similar theme in an almost more horrific way. The entire conceit is based on bad roommates, something that every adult has experienced in one way or another at some point. The opening of this audio doesn’t even include Owen, this releases lead, it just takes the necessary time to establish the relationships between Ellie, Seren, and Nye, the three flatmates whose flats is a large fixer-upper. Ellie is stuck home with a hangover, being annoyed by Nye who has been blaring rock music while locked in his room, and Seren is just trying to get to her job. These are people who if not stuck in a living situation would probably be close friends, but the flat just doesn’t allow them to really get along and a surprise inspection from the ‘council’ and Owen Harper makes things worse. There is a dangerous mould encroaching on their living space, the landlord is nowhere to be seen, and Ellie’s hangover is only causing problems. The mould, of course, is an alien coming to consume the house through the Rift and essentially the audio transforms into an hour long horror play in a trapped location. Continue reading

Review: Torchwood – Iceberg

Review by Jacob Licklider


There really is something special about the way character drama can be done with a two-hander. Writing a story with only two speaking roles means that the author has to get really close with who these people are and what their relationship is; often times testing what their relationship and interactions mean. It’s odd then that in promoting Torchwood: Iceberg, Big Finish Productions don’t really mention this is ‘that’ type of story, instead implying that it’s going to be an examination of the character of Owen Harper, who died and was resurrected via alien technology in Series 2.

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Review: Torchwood – Believe

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


The great match up of Guy Adams writing & Scott Handcock directing this Torchwood 3-part special event release are bringing back together the full classic Torchwood team from the first two series. It’s set just before the end of Torchwood series 2. Continue reading

Review: Torchwood – The Last Beacon

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


Well this is exciting! Not only another awesome Torchwood release, Starring Gareth David-Lloyd at Ianto & Burn Gorman as Owen Harper, but it’s written by the former as well. After spending so long walking and more aptly recently talking in the shoes of Ianto he gets to put words in his mouth in every sense. Continue reading

Review: Torchwood – Corpse Day

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


James Goss is not only producing but also taking on writing duties on this two-hander that gives us a return of Tom Price as PC Andy & for the first time on Big Finish audio Burn Gorman as Owen Harper.
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