Torchwood (audio drama series)

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Torchwood
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Big Finish Productions audio drama
SeriesTorchwood
Produced byJames Goss
Executive producer(s)
Release date15 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 on 15 September 2015. 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 the other commitments of executive producer and creator Russell T Davies.

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

In May 2015, Big Finish Productions announced plans to produce Torchwood audio plays[2][3] after receiving the license to use characters and concepts from the revived series of Doctor Who and its associated spin-offs in future audio productions.[4] The company was previously only permitted elements from the show's classic 1963–89 run and 1996 TV film. The project received the blessing of Davies,[4] who had been working with Gardner and former Big Finish producer Gary Russell to bring Torchwood to the company since 2013.[5]

The series premiered on 15 September 2015. Plays making up the first two series were released once-a-month up until August 2016. The succeeding series followed similar suite; Series 3 was released between March–August 2017, Series 4 in March–August 2018 and Series 5 in March 2019–February 2020, with a sixth series planned for release between April 2020–March 2021.[6] Story-wise, each play centres on one or more members of Torchwood and their associates.

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.[7] The boxsets Outbreak and Believe followed in November 2016 and April 2018, respectively. Certain specials have spun out into their own series, such as Torchwood One,[8] while the three part series Aliens Among Us[9] (2017–18) and its follow-up God Among Us[10] (2018–19) were released as successors to the original TV programme. Additionally, the boxsets The Sins of Captain John and Torchwood Soho - Parasite are scheduled for release in 2020.[11]

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 arrives on 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 revolves around a group of aliens called the Committee who appear to have been secretly manipulating humanity since the turn of the 20th century. Despite their existence being perceived as a conspiracy, Torchwood have made efforts to foil the Committee's schemes, but it appears the Committee 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. Scott Handcock and Blair Mowat respectively direct and compose the score on a regular basis, while other directors and composers contribute infrequently. Scripts were initially edited by Steve Tribe, who later passed the duty to David Llewellyn and 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. Typically, one play is recorded in 1–2 days and released within six months, with post production taking place in the time 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]

Main Range[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 Harkness, Queen VictoriaMarch 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 Morris
Toshiko SatoJuly 2018 (2018-07)
24"Deadbeat Escape"Scott HandcockJames GossBilis MangerAugust 2018 (2018-08)

Series 5 (2019–20)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
25"Night of the Fendahl"Scott HandcockTim FoleyGwen Cooper, FendahlMarch 2019 (2019-03)
26"The Green Life"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynJack Harkness, Jo JonesApril 2019 (2019-04)
27"Sync"Scott HandcockLisa McMullinSuzie Costello, Margaret BlaineMay 2019 (2019-05)
28"Sargasso"Scott HandcockChristopher CooperRhys Williams, AutonsJune 2019 (2019-06)
29"Serenity"Scott HandcockJames MoranJack Harkness, Ianto JonesJuly 2019 (2019-07)
30"The Hope"Scott HandcockJames GossOwen Harper, Andy DavidsonAugust 2019 (2019-08)
31"The Vigil"Lisa BowermanLou MorganToshiko SatoSeptember 2019 (2019-09)
32"Smashed"Scott HandcockJames GossGwen CooperOctober 2019 (2019-10)
33"Dead Man's Switch"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynBilis MangerNovember 2019 (2019-11)
34"Expectant"Scott HandcockXanna Eve ChownJack Harkness, Ianto JonesDecember 2019 (2019-12)
35"Fortitude"Lisa BowermanJames GossQueen VictoriaJanuary 2020 (2020-01)
36"Dissected"Scott HandcockTim FoleyMartha Jones, Gwen CooperFebruary 2020 (2020-02)

Series 6[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
37"Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Seascapes #4"[12]Scott HandcockTim FoleyThe VoiceApril 2020 (2020-04)
38"Iceberg"[12]TBAGrace KnightTBAMay 2020 (2020-05)
39"Dinner and a Show"[12]TBAGareth David-LloydTBAJune 2020 (2020-06)
40"Save Our Souls"[12]TBAScott HandcockTBAJuly 2020 (2020-07)
41TBATBATBATBAAugust 2020 (2020-08)[12]
42TBATBATBATBASeptember 2020 (2020-09)[12]
43TBATBATBATBAOctober 2020 (2020-10)[12]
44TBATBATBATBANovember 2020 (2020-11)[12]
45TBATBATBATBADecember 2020 (2020-12)[12]
46TBATBATBATBAJanuary 2021 (2021-01)[12]
47TBATBATBATBAFebruary 2021 (2021-02)[12]
48TBATBATBATBAMarch 2021 (2021-03)[12]

Specials[edit]

Singular stories (2016–18)[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)

The Sins of Captain John (2020)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byReleased
1"The Restored"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynJanuary 2020 (2020-01)
2"Escape from Nebazz"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynJanuary 2020 (2020-01)
3"Peach Blossom Heights"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynJanuary 2020 (2020-01)
4"Darker Purposes"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynJanuary 2020 (2020-01)

Torchwood Soho - Parasite[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byReleased
1"The Man from Room 13"[13]Scott HandcockJames GossJune 2020 (2020-06)
2"Meet Mr Lyme"[13]Scott HandcockJames GossJune 2020 (2020-06)
3"The Mould"[13]Scott HandcockJames GossJune 2020 (2020-06)
4"The Spread"[13]Scott HandcockJames GossJune 2020 (2020-06)
5"The Dead Hand"[13]Scott HandcockJames GossJune 2020 (2020-06)
6"The Liberty of Norton Folgate"[13]Scott HandcockJames GossJune 2020 (2020-06)

Torchwood One[edit]

Before the Fall (2017)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byReleased
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 (2018)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byReleased
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)

Latter Days (2019)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byReleased
1"Retirement Plan"Barnaby EdwardsGareth David-LloydSeptember 2019 (2019-09)
2"Locker 15"Barnaby EdwardsMatt FittonSeptember 2019 (2019-09)
3"The Rockery"Barnaby EdwardsTim FoleySeptember 2019 (2019-09)

The Story Continues[edit]

Aliens Among Us (2017–18)[edit]

Marketed as the fifth series of Torchwood.[14]

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 (2018–19)[edit]

Marketed as the sixth series of Torchwood.[15]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byReleased
Part 1
1"Future Pain"Scott HandcockJames GossOctober 2018 (2018-10)
2"The Man Who Destroyed Torchwood"Scott HandcockGuy AdamsOctober 2018 (2018-10)
3"See No Evil"Scott HandcockJohn DorneyOctober 2018 (2018-10)
4"Night Watch"Scott HandcockTim FoleyOctober 2018 (2018-10)
Part 2
5"Flight 405"Scott HandcockLou MorganFebruary 2019 (2019-02)
6"Hostile Environment"Scott HandcockAsh DarbyFebruary 2019 (2019-02)
7"Another Man's Shoes"Scott HandcockTim FoleyFebruary 2019 (2019-02)
8"Eye of the Storm"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynFebruary 2019 (2019-02)
Part 3
9"A Mother's Son"Scott HandcockAlexandria RileyJune 2019 (2019-06)
10"ScrapeJane"Scott HandcockRobin BellJune 2019 (2019-06)
11"Day Zero"Scott HandcockTim FoleyJune 2019 (2019-06)
12"Thoughts and Prayers"Scott HandcockJames GossJune 2019 (2019-06)

References[edit]

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