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Audiobook Review: Torchwood: Coffee, by Big Finish

SCI-FI: Baps has long been the best (and only) café in Cardiff Bay. But something’s coming to the Bay – will it be posh coffee or aliens?

A well-brewed script with not too much froth.

David and Kathy run the local coffee shop called “Baps”. Theirs is an interesting relationship to say the least. The boring normality of their day suddenly gets turned on its head with the arrival of a young man called Ianto Jones. He seems to know a lot more than he’s letting on but David feels like he is the kind of person who can help him in exposing the supposed curse that he believes Cardiff is under.

Set during the first season of Torchwood, this latest monthly instalment sees the return of Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones but this time he is being observed from the outside looking in. It is certainly an interesting perspective and one that I think the Big Finish team should explore a little more. It is certainly quite a refreshing change of pace from the last couple of releases in the monthly range.

David-Lloyd is well supported by Shaun Chambers as the gruff David and Sarah Griffin as the harrowed Kathy. They bounce off each other well and bring to life the excellent script by James Goss, who generally writes many of the best Big Finish audios in recent memory. He seems to have a knack for getting to the heart of what makes Torchwood “tick” and evoking a good reaction from that shows’ many loyal fans.

Scott Handcock does his usual excellent job in the director’s chair keeping the action moving along at a cracking pace and the sound and music designs by deft hands Joe Meiners and Blair Mowat are of the usual top-drawer quality.

This is a much-needed return to form after last month’s disappointing release and should please listeners both old and new to the series. 

Reviewed by Rodney Hrvatin
Twitter: @Wagnerfan74

Distributed by: Big Finish Productions
ReleasedJanuary 2021
Approx RRP: $20 CD, $9 Digital Download

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