In Review: Big Finish: Torchwood: The Victorian Age

From the first notes of the reworked Victorian Torchwood theme, I fell in love.

Synopsis: London, England, the 1890s. Queen Victoria, ruler of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, has arrived for her annual inspection of the Torchwood Institute. This year, everyone is quite determined, nothing will go wrong.

Several minutes later a terrible creature is unleashed on the streets of London. No one knows where it comes from, what it is, or even why it’s on Earth. It’s ruthless, has no morals, and is quite unstoppable. Captain Jack Harkness is on the loose, and Queen Victoria is along for the ride of her life.

Review: From the first notes of the reworked Victorian Torchwood theme, I fell in love. The deceptively simple plot served as the catalyst for a monarch’s meditations on time, purpose, old age, mortality, plasma guns, and strawberry ices. In short, writer AK Benedict gave John Barrowman and Rowena Cooper a two-hander that encapsulated Torchwood at its best. My complaint is the same as my praise, however. I was left wanting more Victorian adventures. I would love a whole series covering this era in the organization’s history. Hopefully, that series could flesh out Josephine’s character more. Rule Britannia!

Written By: AK Benedict

Directed By: Scott Handcock


John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Rowena Cooper (Queen Victoria), with Youssef Kerkour, Louise Jameson and Aaron Neil

Producer: James Goss

Script Editor: Steve Tribe

Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Big Finish: Torchwood: The Victorian Age
  • Story, Acting
  • I want more Victorian adventures.
  • 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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