Torchwood (audio drama series)

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Torchwood
Album cover
Big Finish Productions audio drama
Series Torchwood
Produced by James Goss
Executive producer(s)
Release date 15 September 2015 (2015-09-15) – Present

Torchwood is a series of audio dramas produced by Big Finish Productions based on the British television programme of the same name. Like its TV counterpart, the dramas follow the exploits of the operatives who work for the Torchwood Institute – a secret organisation that defends Earth against extraterrestrial threats.

The series premiered 15 September 2015. 24 individual plays and 8 specials have been released, with 15 more announced. James Goss acts as producer, with Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery serving as executive producers.

Background[edit]

The original television programme Torchwood (2006–11), an adult-oriented spin-off of the long-running British science fiction drama Doctor Who, ran for four series before entering an indefinite hiatus due to executive producer and creator Russell T Davies's other commitments.

In January 2015, John Barrowman, who plays series lead Captain Jack Harkness, stated that there were plans for Torchwood to return as several BBC audio plays that could potentially lead into a fifth television series, with both Davies and co-executive producer Julie Gardner in discussion of the project.[1] Torchwood previously aired on BBC Radio 4 between 2008 and 2011 in the form of radio plays.

In May 2015, Big Finish announced plans to produce audio books based on Torchwood as part of a licensing agreement between themselves and BBC Worldwide, allowing them to use characters and concepts from the revived series of Doctor Who (2005–present) and its spin-offs in future audio productions.[2] The project received the blessing of Davies,[2] who had been working with Gardner and former Big Finish producer Gary Russell to bring Torchwood to the company since 2013.[3]

Each play from the series' main range usually centres on one or more members of the organisation or their associates. The first and second series were released back-to-back as monthly instalments between September 2015–August 2016, a third and fourth series were released between March–August 2017 and March–August 2018, respectively. Twelve more plays thought to make up a fifth series will be released between March 2019–February 2020.[4]

In addition to the main range, specials featuring ensemble casts are released infrequently. The first, The Torchwood Archive, was released in October 2016 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Torchwood's TV debut, with the boxsets Outbreak and Torchwood One: Before the Fall following in November 2016 and January 2017, respectively. A three-part series titled Aliens Among Us – co-created and overseen by Davies as a continuation of the TV programme – was released between August 2017–February 2018. The boxsets Believe and Torchwood One: Machines followed respectively in April and July 2018, while a second three-part series titled God Among Us is confirmed for release between October 2018–June 2019.[5]

Premise[edit]

Torchwood follows the exploits of the agents who work for the fictional institute of the same name: a clandestine British organisation that defends Earth against supernatural and extraterrestrial threats and salvages alien technology that comes to the planet. Like the television series, the audio dramas primarily focus on a team of alien hunters based at the organisation's Cardiff division, Torchwood Three, while occasionally fixating on their associates and agents from other branches of the institute.

A story arc central to the series' main releases revolves around a group of aliens called The Committee, who appear to have been secretly manipulating humanity since the turn of the twentieth century. Despite their existence being perceived as a conspiracy, Torchwood have made efforts in foiling the Committee's schemes, but it appears they have larger plans in force.

Time period-wise, each play is set at a different point in Torchwood's history, ranging from its founding in the Victorian Era to the early 21st century and beyond. Certain plays also take place during events from the TV series.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The series is produced by James Goss, with Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs serving as executive producers. A number of writers contribute to the series regularly, whilst Scott Handcock and Blair Mowat respectively direct and compose the score on a regular basis, other directors and composers contribute infrequently. Scripts were initially edited by Steve Tribe, with duties later shared with David Llewellyn. From 2019, scripts will be edited by Llewellyn with Scott Handcock. All cover art is designed by Lee Binding.

Plays have been recorded in studios across the UK and the United States, including Rancho Mirage Music, Bang Post Production, The Moat Studios, The Roundhouse Studios and Ladbroke Audio. One play is typically recorded in 1–2 days and released within six months, with post production taking place in the time in between. They debut through Big Finish's website for digital download and physical purchase, before becoming commercially available three months later, as usual with other Big Finish releases.

Releases[edit]

Series 1 (2015–16)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Conspiracy"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynJack HarknessSeptember 2015 (2015-09)
2"Fall to Earth"Scott HandcockJames GossIanto JonesOctober 2015 (2015-10)
3"Forgotten Lives"Scott HandcockEmma ReevesGwen Cooper, Rhys WilliamsNovember 2015 (2015-11)
4"One Rule"Barnaby EdwardsJoseph LidsterYvonne HartmanDecember 2015 (2015-12)
5"Uncanny Valley"Neil GardnerDavid LlewellynJack HarknessJanuary 2016 (2016-01)
6"More Than This"Scott HandcockGuy AdamsGwen CooperFebruary 2016 (2016-02)

Series 2 (2016)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
7"The Victorian Age"Scott HandcockAK BenedictJack HarknessMarch 2016 (2016-03)
8"Zone 10"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynToshiko SatoApril 2016 (2016-04)
9"Ghost Mission"Scott HandcockJames GossAndy Davidson, Norton FolgateMay 2016 (2016-05)
10"Moving Target"Scott HandcockGuy AdamsSuzie CostelloJune 2016 (2016-06)
11"Broken"Scott HandcockJoseph LidsterJack Harkness, Ianto JonesJuly 2016 (2016-07)
12"Made You Look"Scott HandcockGuy AdamsGwen CooperAugust 2016 (2016-08)

Series 3 (2017)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
13"Visiting Hours"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynRhys WilliamsMarch 2017 (2017-03)
14"The Dollhouse"Lisa BowermanJuno DawsonMarlow Sweet, Charley Du Bujeau, Gabi MartinezApril 2017 (2017-04)
15"Corpse Day"Scott HandcockJames GossOwen Harper, Andy DavidsonMay 2017 (2017-05)
16"torchwood_cascade_CDRip.tor"Scott HandcockScott HandcockToshiko SatoJune 2017 (2017-06)
17"The Office of Never Was"Scott HandcockJames GossIanto JonesJuly 2017 (2017-07)
18"The Dying Room"Scott HandcockLizzie HopleyM LeDuc, Herr GrauAugust 2017 (2017-08)

Series 4 (2018)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
19"The Death of Captain Jack"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynJack Harkness, John HartMarch 2018 (2018-03)
20"The Last Beacon"Scott HandcockGareth David-LloydOwen Harper, Ianto JonesApril 2018 (2018-04)
21"We Always Get Out Alive"Scott HandcockGuy AdamsGwen Cooper, Rhys WilliamsMay 2018 (2018-05)
22"Goodbye Piccadilly"Scott HandcockJames GossAndy Davidson, Norton FolgateJune 2018 (2018-06)
23"Instant Karma"Lisa BowermanDavid Llewellyn, James Goss, Jonathan MorrisToshiko SatoJuly 2018 (2018-07)
24"Deadbeat Escape"Scott HandcockJames GossBillis MangerAugust 2018 (2018-08)

Series 5[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
25TBATBATBATBAMarch 2019 (2019-03)[6]
26TBATBATBATBAApril 2019 (2019-04)[6]
27TBATBATBATBAMay 2019 (2019-05)[6]
28TBATBATBATBAJune 2019 (2019-06)[6]
29TBATBATBATBAJuly 2019 (2019-07)[6]
30TBATBATBATBAAugust 2019 (2019-08)[6]
31TBATBATBATBASeptember 2019 (2019-09)[6]
32TBATBATBATBAOctober 2019 (2019-10)[6]
33TBATBATBATBANovember 2019 (2019-11)[6]
34TBATBATBATBADecember 2019 (2019-12)[6]
35TBATBATBATBAJanuary 2020 (2020-01)[6]
36TBATBATBATBAFebruary 2020 (2020-02)[6]

Specials (2016–)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byReleased
1"The Torchwood Archive"Scott HandcockJames GossOctober 2016 (2016-10)
2"Outbreak"Scott HandcockGuy Adams, Emma Reeves, AK BenedictNovember 2016 (2016-11)
3"Believe"Scott HandcockGuy AdamsApril 2018 (2018-04)

Torchwood One (2017–)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byReleased
Before the Fall
1"New Girl"Barnaby EdwardsJoseph LidsterJanuary 2017 (2017-01)
2"Through the Ruins"Barnaby EdwardsJenny T ColganJanuary 2017 (2017-01)
3"Uprising"Barnaby EdwardsMatt FittonJanuary 2017 (2017-01)
Machines
1"The Law Machines"Barnaby EdwardsMatt FittonJuly 2018 (2018-07)
2"Blind Summit"Barnaby EdwardsGareth David-LloydJuly 2018 (2018-07)
3"9 to 5"Barnaby EdwardsTim FoleyJuly 2018 (2018-07)

Aliens Among Us (2017–18)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byReleased
Part 1
1"Changes Everything"Scott HandcockJames GossAugust 2017 (2017-08)
2"Aliens & Sex & Chips & Gravy"Scott HandcockJames GossAugust 2017 (2017-08)
3"Orr"Scott HandcockJuno DawsonAugust 2017 (2017-08)
4"Superiority Complex"Scott HandcockAK BenedictAugust 2017 (2017-08)
Part 2
5"Love Rat"Scott HandcockChristopher CooperOctober 2017 (2017-10)
6"A Kill to a View"Scott HandcockMac RogersOctober 2017 (2017-10)
7"Zero Hour"Scott HandcockJanine H JonesOctober 2017 (2017-10)
8"The Empty Hand"Scott HandcockTim FoleyOctober 2017 (2017-10)
Part 3
9"Poker Face"Scott HandcockTim FoleyFebruary 2018 (2018-02)
10"Tagged"Scott HandcockJoseph LidsterFebruary 2018 (2018-02)
11"Escape Room"Scott HandcockHelen GoldwynFebruary 2018 (2018-02)
12"Herald of the Dawn"Scott HandcockJames GossFebruary 2018 (2018-02)

God Among Us[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byReleased
Part 1
1"Future Pain"[7]Scott HandcockJames GossOctober 2018 (2018-10)
2"The Man Who Destroyed Torchwood"[7]Scott HandcockGuy AdamsOctober 2018 (2018-10)
3"See No Evil"[7]Scott HandcockJohn DorneyOctober 2018 (2018-10)
4"Night Watch"[7]Scott HandcockTim FoleyOctober 2018 (2018-10)
Part 2
5TBAScott HandcockTBAFebruary 2019 (2019-02)[8]
6TBAScott HandcockTBAFebruary 2019 (2019-02)[8]
7TBAScott HandcockTBAFebruary 2019 (2019-02)[8]
8TBAScott HandcockTBAFebruary 2019 (2019-02)[8]
Part 3
9TBAScott HandcockTBAJune 2019 (2019-06)[9]
10TBAScott HandcockTBAJune 2019 (2019-06)[9]
11TBAScott HandcockTBAJune 2019 (2019-06)[9]
12TBAScott HandcockTBAJune 2019 (2019-06)[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Owen, Rob. "PRESS TOUR: More 'Torchwood' in the works". Post-Gazette.com. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Torchwood". Big Finish Productions. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Relighting Torchwood, Vortex #79". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 1 Sep 2015.
  4. ^ "Torchwood - Deadbeat Escape". www.BigFinish.com. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  5. ^ "God is Coming in Torchwood Series 6". www.BigFinish.com. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Torchwood - Coming Soon". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "6.1. Torchwood: God Among Us Part 1". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d "6.2. Torchwood: God Among Us Part 2". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d "6.3. Torchwood: God Among Us Part 3". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 1 September 2018.