Review: Torchwood – Dinner and a Show

Review by Jacob Licklider


Mild spoilers

Gareth David-Lloyd contributes this month’s release; implying it is set sometime during Series 2 of the show.  This releases character focus is looking at the ‘sensible’ halves of the relationships on the show, Toshiko Sato in the Tosh/Owen relationship and Ianto in the Ianto/Jack relationship.  A performance of the opera Faust invaded by aliens, many of whom are simply looking to appreciate a different planet’s culture and an alien performer.  It’s also Valentine’s Day and both Owen and Jack have essentially ghosted their significant others.  It is implied that Jack isn’t available and Owen is still being Owen, going off and being unable to grapple with his own emotions.

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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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The Final Sarah Jane Adventure Released Online

Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies, the man behind the revival in 2005 and subsequent spin offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, has released online a brand new conclusion to The Sarah Jane Adventures.


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Russell T Davies Announces The Final Sarah Jane Adventure

Doctor Who fans across the globe have had plenty to watch, interact and keep themselves entertained with over the last few weeks of lockdown due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

There has been countless episode tweet-a-longs featuring the cast and crew sharing their thoughts and behind the scenes info as well as new stories being released including the Rose prequel and sequel to coincide with NuWho’s 15th anniversary.

Former showrunner Russell T Davies, the man behind the revival in 2005 and subsequent spin offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, has revealed another brand-new story.


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Review: Torchwood – Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4

Review by Michael Goleniewski


Torchwood as a spinoff and as an organisation is no stranger to bouts of experimentation. In the course of its existence both on and off-screen, the series has delivered some of the oddest sci-fi stories ever created answering questions such as ‘what would happen if people stopped dying?’ to ‘what would happen if there was sentient gas who existed on the energy of orgasms to survive?’ But ‘Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes’ is perhaps the most experimental Torchwood story yet; answering the question: what would happen if you made a sci-fi adventure out of a self-help stress release tape without any of the main cast and only one voice moving you through?

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Review: The Lives of Captain Jack (Vol. 3)

Review by Jacob Licklider


The three sets thus far in The Lives of Captain Jack are an interesting experiment as while the Torchwood range is a continuation of that show and that very adult brand; The Lives of Captain Jack is contained with the ‘from the worlds of Doctor Who‘ banner. This means that there isn’t explicit adult content which expands the audience for this release to a much wider range of listeners. The third volume is the first story to be released by Big Finish Productions to feature both Jack Harkness as played by John Barrowman and Alex Kingston’s River Song; bringing together two of the most memorable characters from the revival. This gives fans a story that they have been asking for since both characters made a lasting imprint and Jack was supposed to appear with River in ‘A Good Man Goes to War’.

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Review: Torchwood – Dissected

Review by Jacob Licklider


Whenever Big Finish Productions decides to release a story that is a two-hander the listener is almost guaranteed a classic.  Most of the best Companion Chronicles are the experimental two-handers like Solitaire and The Time Museum, and Robert Shearman’s highly experimental Scherzo is a work of brilliant.  

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Ian Gelder talks Can You Hear Me?

Something is stalking the Doctor and her friends, from ancient Syria to present-day Sheffield, and out into the wilds of space in Can You Hear Me?

As Graham, Yaz and Ryan return home to see friends and family, they find themselves haunted by very different experiences. Who is the figure calling from beyond the stars for help, and why?

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Review: Torchwood – The Sins of Captain John

Review by Michael Goleniewski


“From zombies in Restoration London, to Hell gatecrashing a funeral, rogue Time Agent Captain John Hart leads the universe to rack and ruin in four new adventures written by David Llewellyn” Continue reading

Review: Torchwood – Dead Man’s Switch

Review by Michael Goleniewski


Dead Man’s Switch represents this particular critic’s first foray into Torchwood audio dramas. While being somewhat familiar with the show and its characters and stories, they had never grabbed me as anything that was absolutely required listening especially with the last television season ‘Miracle Day’ leaving a particularly nasty taste in my mouth.

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