In Review: Big Finish: Torchwood: Ghost Mission

As with Victorian Torchwood, I hope Big Finish gives us more of the lovely Tom Price and Samuel Barnett double act.

Synopsis: Sergeant Andy Davidson has always wanted to join Torchwood. And now he finally gets his chance.

Under the strict observation of his Torchwood Assessor, Andy sets out to prove he’s got what it takes. When a chemical spill turns out to have serious consequences, when monsters roam the Bay, and when an ancient entity awakes, Andy decides he could do with a helping hand. The problem is his Torchwood Assessor doesn’t have any hands. Norton Folgate is a ghost.

Review: Some of the best stories in ongoing series involve side characters in prominent roles, and the latest entry in Big Finish’s Torchwood range proved the point. I loved that writer James Goss penned an honest story about an average Joe. I’ve come across too many narratives in which the unlikely hero realizes his full potential, and he never looks back. Sergeant Andy Davidson realized his untapped potential but was still circumspect enough to understand that all was not as it seemed, and he may be better off as an ad hoc Torchwood asset. I also appreciated that this story indirectly referenced Torchwood’s current foe The Committee. This second season of Big Finish’s Torchwood continuation integrates The Committee’s behind the scenes menace much more effectively than in their introductory outing. Kudos to the ever marvelous Big Finish mainstay David Warner for voicing that unstated menace as only he could. Finally, I adored Andy and Norton’s ongoing commentary on their respective time periods, including the X-Files and Quatermass shout outs. As with Victorian Torchwood, I hope Big Finish gives us more of the lovely Tom Price and Samuel Barnett double act.

 

Written By: James Goss

Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast

Tom Price (Sergeant Andy Davidson), Samuel Barnett (Norton Folgate), David Warner (OAP), Lisa Bowerman (Quite Anxious Shopper), Laura Doddington and Aaron Neil (The Graces)

Producer: James Goss

Script Editor: Steve Tribe

Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs

9.7
Big Finish: Torchwood: Ghost Mission
  • 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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