In Review: Big Finish: Torchwood: The Office of Never Was

Torchwood: The Office of Never Was seemed like a 45-minute wind up for a 15-minute pitch.

Synopsis: There’s an empty office block in Cardiff. That’s nothing special – plenty of businesses go under, clear out, cease to exist. All that’s left behind is an empty building. But there’s one office block that refuses to be forgotten about.

There have been stories about that building – strange lights, funny goings on, faces pressed up against the glass. Enough to get the locals worried. Enough to ask Torchwood to get involved.

It’s Friday night. Ianto Jones has better things to do with his time than look round a haunted building. But he goes anyway, and it turns out that The Office has been waiting for him.

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

Review: Maybe I’ve experienced too many people alone in a deserted setting narratives, but Torchwood: The Office of Never Was seemed like a 45-minute wind up for a 15-minute pitch. A few things saved it. First, the performances from Gareth David-Lloyd, Bethan Rose Young, and David Shields were marvelous. Second, The Committee is a factor once again; continuity is always good. Third, the resolution (which I won’t spoil, because it’s the whole point) was perfectly and ironically executed. I adore irony. Irony makes everything better.

Listeners should stay through to the very end. Writer James Goss discussed his inspirations for the story. They included an homage to real and apparently creepy elevator in the BBC Wales building. A former Doctor Who producer thought the elevator could be improved by a Dalek.

  • You can purchase Torchwood: The Office Of Never Was here.

Written By: James Goss

Directed By: Scott Handcock


Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones), Bethan Rose Young (Girl), David Shields (Oliver)

Producer James Goss

Script Editor Steve Tribe

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Big Finish: Torchwood: The Office of Never Was
  • Performances, story resolution
  • Pacing problems
  • 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.
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