Review: Torchwood – Sargasso

Review by Jacob Licklider


Sargasso is my first foray into Big Finish’s Torchwood range and aptly it is a story told from the perspective of the often audience surrogate Rhys Williams. Kai Owen on Torchwood was always; in my opinion, an under-utilised character until the Children of Earth miniseries; so it is fitting that Big Finish gives the character time to shine. Sargasso is also the final release in the “Torchwood vs. Monsters” miniseries, pairing the Torchwood characters with monsters from Doctor Who, this time being the Nestene Consciousness. The Nestene Consciousness is a villain which has been under-utilised on audio, only featuring in the first UNIT box set and a single Eighth Doctor Adventure. Even on television, they have never been used to comment fully on the danger of plastics and pollutions; something rectified here. Christopher Cooper’s script uses the setting of a cargo ship in the middle of the ocean surrounded by plastic pollution. Cooper uses the isolated setting to full effect, creating a horror story with the Autons.

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Review: Torchwood – Night of the Fendahl

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) has apparently taken up acting, as she arrives on the set of a film based on real events that happened at Fetch Priory some years ago and Gwen is to play a victim. When events take on a more realistic turn and an old foe of a certain Timelord turns up, they will find out Gwen Cooper is no-ones victim. Continue reading

Review: Torchwood – God Among Us (Part 2)

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


Yvonne Hartman (Tracy-Ann Oberman) leads Torchwood once more with Captain Jack (John Barrowman) still in the mix with the new Torchwood team as the stakes only get higher.

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Review: The Diary of River Song – Series 5

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


River is back to her Big Finish audio best; but instead of following the timeline of her hubby, she is following the life and faces of his Timelord nemesis, the Master. Continue reading

Review: The War Master – The Master of Callous

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


In this second War Master set from Big Finish, they have; instead of 4 stand alone stories, given us one ongoing 4-part story of the Master on one world. A bold and ultimately inspired move. Continue reading

Review: The Seventh Doctor – The New Adventures (Vol 1)

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


The 7th Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) is back, this time joined by his pals from the Virgin novels Chris (Travis Oliver) and Roz (Yasmin Bannerman). Continue reading

Review: Torchwood – God Among Us (Part 1)

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


Following on directly from the events of the last series of Torchwood  – Aliens Among Us, we see a team on the edge and in mourning… and in some cases trying to track down and kill a God. Continue reading

Review: Bernice Summerfield – The Story So Far (Vol. 1 & 2)

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


As one of a few celebrations of everything Benny after 20 years on Big Finish; the character that launched their empire, they have assembled some of the best of the creative team behind Benny from over the years to give us two boxsets; set throughout her story… so far!

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Review: Torchwood – Deadbeat Escape

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


When Hywel Roberts (Gareth Pierce) decides to break up his journey home to his ailing father he stops at the Travellers Halt. The problem is, his stay might be for considerably longer than the night and the man who greets him with his room seems somewhat off and calls himself Billis Manger (Murray Melvin). Continue reading

Review: Torchwood – Goodbye Piccadilly

Review by Doctor Squee (Host of Gallifrey Stands Podcast)


PC Andy (Tom Price) wakes up in the 1950’s naked, chained to a bed (don’t you just hate when that happens!); when he finds he is joined by (and was brought there by) Folgate (Samuel Barnett) things go from the ridiculous to the sublime. Continue reading