In Review: Big Finish: Torchwood: Moving Target

Torchwood: Moving Target highlighted the problem of Suzie Costello.

Synopsis: Suzie Costello would never describe herself as a hero. Not even if she were the last woman on Earth. Turns out, she’s the second last woman on Earth, and that’ll just have to do. But she is about to become a moving target.

With the Earth frozen in time, Suzie becomes locked in a battle to save the planet and the life of Alex, the last woman alive. Hunted by alien warriors, and, with every hour that doesn’t pass, the stakes are only getting higher.

Suzie Costello would never describe herself as a hero. But she would say she’s someone who always makes the right choices. Wouldn’t she?

Torchwood: Moving Target contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.

Review: ‘Torchwood: Moving Target’ highlighted the problem of Suzie Costello. The writers needed a character who represented the logical culmination of the show’s nihilistic streak. Unfortunately, this turned Suzie into a plot device. Jack looked short sighted for recruiting her in the first place, and the audience wondered why Suzie hadn’t killed herself before Jack got the opportunity to recruit her.

That said, “Moving Target” was an excellent, if predictable, character piece. I especially liked three aspects. First, Indira Varma did an excellent impersonation of Jack, while Suzie commented on how not secret their secret organization was. Second, I liked how writer Guy Adams juxtaposed Alex and The Referee. This allowed for marvelous commentary on PR and corporate life. Third, I appreciated how Adams juxtaposed Suzie and Alex. Listeners could hear how Suzie might have been Alex, as Alex became more like Suzie.

Finally, though, I’m beginning to wonder how long the writers can prolong The Committee arc. The Big Finish writers run the risk of turning their Big Bad into as much of a plot device as Suzie has been.

  • You can purchase Torchwood: Moving Target here 

Written By: Guy Adams

Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast

Indira Varma (Suzie Costello), Naomi McDonald (Alex), Nicholas Burns (The Referee)

Producer: James Goss

Script Editor: Steve Tribe

Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs

9.7
Big Finish: Torchwood: Moving Target
  • Story, Performances
  • Too aware of plot devices.
  • Story
    9
  • 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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