In Review: Big Finish: Torchwood: More Than This

It was a stellar well-acted character piece in which an ordinary man finds peace. It could have been subtitled “Grief Therapy.”

Synopsis: Gwen Cooper has triumphed against impossible odds before, but now she’s finally met her match: Roger Pugh, Planning Officer for Cardiff City Council.

Mr Pugh doesn’t believe the world needs Torchwood. Gwen sets out to prove him wrong. For Mr Pugh, it’s a day that’ll change his life. If he can survive it.

Written By: Guy Adams

Directed By: Scott Handcock

Review: I have mixed feelings about “More Than This.” On the one hand, it was a stellar well-acted character piece in which an ordinary man finds peace. It could have been subtitled “Grief Therapy.” What’s lovely is that the remarkable poignance was juxtaposed with the banal details of a city planning application, as Gwen needed a new base to restart Torchwood officially. Although, I couldn’t help feeling throughout that Jack could’ve gotten the building without the third-party show-and-tell, but all narrative is plot contrivance at a certain level, for better or worse. That brings to the negative point. While the plot served the character piece admirably, it left behind the main thread about The Committee. Hopefully, that thread will be picked up again, in Season 2, because we haven’t even been left with a cliff-hanger, just vaguely unresolved subplots.

You can by “More Than This” here: http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/more-than-this-1299

Cast

Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Richard Nichols (Roger Pugh), Guy Adams (Coachman) with Tom Price (Sergeant Andy)

Produced by James Goss

Script edited by Steve Tribe

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.7
Big Finish: Torchwood: More Than This
  • Story, Acting
  • Committee plot line left hanging
  • Story
    9.0
  • Performances
    10
  • Audio Production
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.

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