In Review: Big Finish: Torchwood: The Dollhouse

Torchwood meets Charlie’s Angels!

Synopsis: 1970s Los Angeles – the city of angels and broken dreams. Three remarkable women keep the West Coast safe from alien attacks – they are Torchwood Los Angeles.

So many young girls come to this city hoping for something better. For some, luck is just around the corner. For others that golden ticket never arrives and they just fade away.

But it’s not that simple. Everyone has a value to someone, and Torchwood are about to discover Hollywood’s darkest secret.

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

Review: Torchwood meets Charlie’s Angels! First, I’ll stipulate that there would be one hell of a jurisdictional fight between US Intelligence and a branch of a British agency operating in a former colony. However, given that the premise of Torchwood: The Dollhouse makes as much sense as the premise of Charlie’s Angels, I’ll consider that internal logic flaw to be part of the extremely loving homage.

I’m an American anglophile who spent my teen years watching Doctor Who on PBS and Charlie’s Angels in syndication. My first girl crushes were Jaclyn Smith and Mary Tamm. Writer Juno Dawson must be a kindred soul, because she melded the sensibilities of both universes extremely well. Dawson deconstructed everything including sexism, objectification, bondage, minority inclusion, cast changes, and Charlie himself. All the while, she retained enough joy in the experience to make me nostalgic.

That said, I don’t feel the need for a full Torchwood LA spin-off. These characters didn’t live for me as much as the ones introduced in Torchwood: The Victorian Age.

  • You can purchase Torchwood: The Dollhouse here.

Written By: Juno Dawson

Directed By: Lisa Bowerman


Laila Pyne (Marlow Sweet), Kelly-Anne Lyons (Charley Du Bujeau), Ajjaz Awad (Gabi Martinez), Stuart Milligan (Don Donohue), Eve Webster (Valerie Fox), David Menkin (Brad), Guy Adams (Mr Beamish).  Other parts played by members of the cast.


Producer James Goss

Script Editor Steve Tribe

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Big Finish: Torchwood: The Dollhouse
  • The Good: Story, Performances
  • The Bad: It didn't feel spin-off worthy.
  • 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.
    2 Comments on this post.
  • The Caretaker
    1 May 2017 at 1:21 am -

    I’m generally a pretty easy audience, but this was, hands down, one of the absolute worst releases that Big Finish has ever put out, utterly, painfully, absolutely horrendous. A horribly written bland pastiche, with atrocious performances. How anyone could give this trainwreck of a release even a passing grade is somewhat staggering. Truly awful.

    • Ian Cullen
      1 May 2017 at 2:38 am -

      I wouldn’t know. Raissa did the review. I’ve not really been following the Torchwood stuff. For me the absolute low was the Starz/BBC co-production. Have avoided everything Torchwood since.