The official sixth season of Torchwood (following the four televised seasons and the fifth season titled Aliens Among Us) begins here and follows directly on from the events of the previous season. With most of the original Torchwood team now either dead or gone, it’s up to Captain Jack Harkness and Yvonne Hartmann to save Cardiff from an alien God that has appeared over Cardiff whilst dealing with a new band of recruits.
New listeners may find the new team members a little difficult to pick or to understand their back story but the writers for the series have tried to help with large “info-dump” dialogue peppered throughout this first set to ease in the listeners who may have missed the previous season. Whilst there is an over-arching theme, the four episodes in this set are separate from each other in terms of plot. The scripts by James Goss, Guy Adams, John Dorney, and Tim Foley capture a lot of the feel of the original series (only without the finesse of Russell T Davis’ deft writing hand). Of these scripts, the second (The Man Who Destroyed Torchwood) is the most quirky whilst the third (See No Evil) is the most suspenseful.
John Barrowman and Tracey-Ann Oberman revive their roles as Captain Jack and Yvonne brilliantly and show little sign of losing the sparkle that possessed their characters from their televised and earlier audio appearances. Oberman especially, really brings out the feistiness of her character as well as helping to flesh out her motivations a lot more. Also returning is Sergeant Andy Davidson, played by Tom Price. They are joined by the other Torchwood members for this series- Paul Clayton (Mr Colchester), Alexandria Riley (Ng), Samantha Béart (Orr), and Jonny Green (Tyler Steele). All of them carry on where the previous team lead off in their attempts to make sense of the Torchwood way of life and their dedication to the cause.
Scott Handcock’s direction is up to his usual high standard, as is the sound mix by Steve Foxon and the musical score by Blair Mowat. These three add the deft touches that make Big Finish one of the best producers of audio plays around.
Each episode is around one hour long with a bonus set of interviews after each story. It is obvious that there are big plans for this series over the next few years with this season concluding next year followed by 12 monthly releases. Part 2 of this series is due in February 2019 with Part 3 following in June 2019.
Fans of both the original series and the subsequent audios will thoroughly enjoy this new batch of episodes. It is a tight, gripping set with some genuine surprises and some outstanding performances.
Reviewed by Rodney Hrvatin
Rating out of 10: 9
Distributed by: Big Finish Productions
Released: October 2018
RRP: $51 CD, $25 Digital Download