Reviewed – Big Finish's Torchwood: The Conspiracy

Captain Jack Harkness has always had his suspicions about the Committee. And now Wilson is also talking about the Committee. Apparently the world really is under the control of alien lizards. That’s what Wilson says. People have died, disasters have been staged, the suspicious have disappeared.

It’s outrageous.

Only Jack knows that Wilson is right. The Committee has arrived.

Written By: David Llewellyn
Directed By: Scott Handcock

I’ll say up-front here that I’ve never been a Torchwood fan. I liked Children of Earth quite a bit, but that’s about it. Series one and two? Meh and meh on a stick. Miracle Day? I understand I’m not encouraged to swear in these reviews, so I won’t say what I thought beyond, “Wow, really?”

That said, I surprised myself by enjoying this story. Then I wondered why I was surprised. After all, this is Big Finish we’re talking about, and they very seldom make anything other than quality pieces.

The story here, produced by James Goss and script edited by Steve Tribe, is told with heavy narration from Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness. He stumbles onto a massive conspiracy about aliens taking over the Earth and planning many nefarious things; though to be fair, they’ve already been fairly nefarious, what with having orchestrated all our wars, etc. No doubt this comes as a surprise to the Silence. Anyhow, this conspiracy is being pushed by Wilson (John Sessions), a man with no small resemblance to famous con-man David Icke, and his daughter, Kate (Sarah Ovens). The conspiracy is being investigated as well by a young blogger, Sam (Dan Bottomley), who may well end up in over his head.

It must be said that I hate conspiracy theories, especially ones like this. They’re just so stupidly implausible. But despite that, I very much enjoyed this story, and I liked what it’s set up for the future volumes. Barrowman is a bit awkward doing voice-only work, but he’s not bad, and I’m sure with practice, he’ll get even better. The rest of the rather small cast more than hold their own and do just fine.

I was also very impressed by the writing. There’s much here to enjoy, and it genuinely “feels” like one of the better Torchwood TV stories.

Overall, if you’re a fan of Torchwood, I highly recommend this story. It’s not a stand-alone, as it sets up the rest of the series, but it’s quite good, and I think you’ll be pleased. If you’re not that into Torchwood, like myself, try it out anyhow. I was pleasantly surprised, and maybe you will be, too.

Torchwood: The Conspiracy is out now from Big Finish, priced £9.99.

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