In Review: Big Finish: The Torchwood Archive

Big Finish threw a tenth birthday bash with all the trimmings!

Synopsis: “Welcome, visitor. The Torchwood Archive provides a complete history of our Institute from its distant beginnings to the present day. When we founded our great enterprise in the year of our Lord 1879, we decreed that there should be a record of this achievement, stored at the very furthest limits of the British Empire. By visiting you are spreading that legacy, perhaps out through the skies. For now, I shall bid you a good day and welcome you to the Torchwood Archive. Do, please look around.”

The Torchwood Archive is a forgotten asteroid in the centre of a great war. Jeremiah is its first visitor in many centuries. He’s come to learn something very important. And the ghosts of Torchwood are waiting for him.

Review: Big Finish threw a tenth birthday bash with all the trimmings! “The Torchwood Archive”  is a brilliant capstone narrative. James Goss combined Torchwood canon from all media. He even included a nod to my favorite BBC Radio 4 Lost Files story, “The Golden Age.” Most importantly, however, Goss finally provided an explanation for the Committee that regrettably made sense. I especially appreciated the cyclical nature of it all.

All of the Torchwood regulars featured in the Big Finish Audios return — wonderful as usual. The performance highlight, though, was hearing John Barrowman use his native accent.

Rowena Cooper stood out among the guest cast in her return as Queen Victoria. “I can’t even find Papua New Guinea on a map, and I own that.” Cooper’s delivery was priceless. I still want Big Finish to do a whole Torchwood series set in the Victorian era with Jack, Josephine, and Archie.

Thank you Big Finish for truly loving these characters as much as the fans do. I look forward to it never ending.

  • You can buy “The Torchwood Archive” here.

Written By: James Goss

Directed By: Scott Handcock


John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones), Naoko Mori (Toshiko Sato), Indira Varma (Suzie Costello), Kai Owen (Rhys Williams), Tom Price (Andy Davidson), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Yvonne Hartman), Richie Campbell (Jeremiah Bash Henderson), Rowena Cooper (Queen Victoria), Julian Lewis Jones (Alex Hopkins), Samuel Barnett (Norton Folgate), David Warner (The Committee), Emma Reeves (Miss Trent), Krystian Godlewski (Maxim Ivanov), Guy Adams (Archie), Geoffrey Breton (Bartender), Lisa Bowerman (Miss Mitford), Laura Doddington (Delilah), Aaron Neil (Mandrake), Kerry Gooderson (Little Girl), Ryan Sampson (Ivan Putin), Damian Lynch (Kieran Frost), Paul Clayton (Mr Colchester)

Produced by James Goss

Script Editor Steve Tribe

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

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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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