In Review: Big Finish: Torchwood: Broken

Writer Joseph Lidster crafted an unforgiving story about grief and forgiveness.

Synopsis: What if you were completely broken and needed a break?

Whenever Ianto Jones has a tough day at work, he has somewhere he can hide. And, for Ianto Jones, it’s always a tough day at work.

His girlfriend is dead, his colleagues don’t trust him, and his boss… his boss is something else. With no friends in the world, and his life in danger every day, is it any wonder that at night, Ianto Jones goes to the pub?

Ianto’s local becomes somewhere where he feels safe. Safe from his demons, safe from his life, safe from Torchwood. Until one evening, Captain Jack Harkness walks into a bar….

Torchwood: Broken contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners

Review: “Broken” is extremely difficult to listen to, and it has to be. Writer Joseph Lidster crafted an unforgiving story about grief and forgiveness. Ianto is going through exactly what he should be going through after losing Lisa. Anything else would have been a disservice to his character.

Ultimately, it would have been a disservice to all the characters. While Ianto didn’t realize it at first, they were all feeling the same pain. Lidster deftly referenced “Countrycide” and “Greeks Bearing Gifts” to demonstrate their silently shared traumas.

While listening, I couldn’t help thinking of Suzie Costello. Ianto was no less broken than she was. However, he was able to reach out, whereas Suzie self-destructed. Lidster definitely tacitly explored nature vs. nurture.

John Barrowman and Gareth David-Lloyd were in top form. It was a real treat to hear them together again. I’ve never been a fan of unlikely romances, because the writers tend to force them by definition. However, Jack and Ianto were an exception. The delicate writing and performances in this story prove why.

  • You can purchase Torchwood: Broken here

Written By: Joseph Lidster

Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast

John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones), Melanie Walters (Mandy Aibiston), Eiry Thomas (Glenda), Ross Ford (The Saviour)

Produced by James Goss

Script edited by Steve Tribe

Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

9.7
Big Finish: Torchwood: Broken
  • Story, Performances
  • Not a thing.
  • 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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