In Review: Big Finish: Torchwood: Forgotten Lives

Eve Myles and Kai Owen demonstrated why they are one of the most underrated double acts in science fiction.

Synopsis: It has been four years since the Miracle, and Gwen and Rhys’s lives have gone back to normal, very normal. They’re raising their daughter (they’ve got pictures they’d be only too happy to show you), they’re living in a nice house, and they’re almost on top of the laundry.

Captain Jack Harkness has been missing from the world and their lives for a long time. But late one night the phone rings, and they’re summoned to an isolated part of North Wales. The Bryn Offa Nursing Home contains a dark secret, an alien threat, and someone who really shouldn’t be there.

Gwen and Rhys are about to discover that Torchwood stays with you for the rest of your life.

Review: At its best, Torchwood operated on multiple levels, and “Forgotten Lives” is Torchwood at its best. Emma Reeves crafted a script that reintroduced Gwen and Rhys, provided allegory for dementia, and tied events to three conspiracies. Moreover, Reeves had Jack Harkness drive the narrative in an unforeseen context, revisiting themes from Torchwood: Children of Earth, while she was at it. All the while, Eve Myles and Kai Owen demonstrated why they are one of the most underrated double acts in science fiction.

If I have one complaint, it’s that I missed John Barrowman, and I hope he, Myles, and Owen get to work together again on this series at some point.

You can purchase “Forgotten Lives” here:

Written By: Emma Reeves

Directed By: Scott Handcock


Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Kai Owen (Rhys Williams), Philip Bond (Griffith), Valmai Jones (Elunedd), Seán Carlsen (Gary), Emma Reeves (Ceri/Nurse Bevan)

Produced by James Goss

Script edited by Steve Tribe

Big Finish: Torchwood: Forgotten Lives
  • Story, Performances
  • I missed John Barrowman.
  • Story
  • Performances
  • Audio Production

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.
    One Comment
  • isara
    8 November 2015 at 1:37 pm -

    My problem: I don´t like at all MD. Sorry. Frankly, was bad, and I miss terribly Ianto Jones and Jack of the first seasons (Jack in MD didn´t liked)

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