Torchwood (Big Finish series)

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Big Finish Productions audio drama
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 audio dramas follow the exploits of the operatives who work for the Torchwood Institute – a secret organisation that defends Earth against extraterrestrial threats.

Big Finish Productions British company producing books and audio plays

Big Finish Productions is a British company that produces books and audio plays based, primarily, on cult science fiction properties. They are best known for their Doctor Who line; other properties include the characters Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog from 2000 AD, Blake's 7, Dark Shadows, Dracula, Terrahawks, Sapphire & Steel, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes character, Stargate, The Avengers, The Prisoner, and Torchwood.

Torchwood is a British science fiction television programme created by Russell T Davies, a spin-off from the 2005 revival of Doctor Who which aired four series between 2006 and 2011. The show shifted its broadcast channel each series to reflect its growing audience, moving from BBC Three to BBC Two to BBC One, and acquiring US financing in its fourth series when it became a co-production of BBC One and Starz. Torchwood is aimed at older teenagers and adults, in contrast to Doctor Who's target audience of both adults and children. The show explored a number of themes, including existentialism, homosexuality, bisexuality, and human corruptibility.

Torchwood Institute fictional secret organization in the Doctor Who universe

The Torchwood Institute, or simply Torchwood, is a fictional secret organisation from the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and its spin-off series Torchwood. It was established in 1879 by Queen Victoria after the events of "Tooth and Claw". Its prime directive is to defend Earth against supernatural and extraterrestrial threats. It is later revealed in "Army of Ghosts" that the Torchwood Institute has begun to use their findings to restore the British Empire to its former glory. To those ends, the organisation started to acquire and reverse engineer alien technology. Within Torchwood an unofficial slogan evolved: "If it's alien, it's ours". According to one base director, Yvonne Hartman, its nationalist attitude includes refusing to use metric units.


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Russell T Davies Screenwriter, former executive producer of Doctor Who

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In January 2015, John Barrowman, who plays series lead Captain Jack Harkness, stated in an interview 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 featured as several series tie-in radio plays that aired on BBC Radio 4 between 2008 and 2011.

John Barrowman Scottish-American actor, singer, dancer, musical theatre performer, writer and television personality

John Scot Barrowman is a Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter, author, and comic book writer. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he moved to the United States with his family in 1975. Encouraged by his high school teachers, Barrowman studied performing arts at the United States International University in San Diego before landing the role of Billy Crocker in Cole Porter's Anything Goes in London's West End.

Jack Harkness fictional character of Doctor Who and Torchwood

Captain Jack Harkness is a fictional character played by John Barrowman in Doctor Who and its spin-off series, Torchwood. The character first appears in the 2005 Doctor Who episode "The Empty Child" and subsequently features in the remaining episodes of the 2005 series as a companion to the series' protagonist, the Doctor. Subsequent to this, Jack became the central character in the adult-themed Torchwood, which aired from 2006 to 2011. Barrowman also reprised the role for guest appearances in Doctor Who in its 2007 series and 2008 series, as well as the two-part special The End of Time.

Julie Gardner television producer

Julie Ann Gardner, MBE is a Welsh television producer. Her most prominent work has been serving as executive producer on the 2005 revival of Doctor Who and its spin-off shows Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. She worked on Doctor Who from 2003 to 2009 before moving to Los Angeles to work at BBC Worldwide.

In May 2015, Big Finish announced plans to produce audiobooks 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 company was formerly only permitted to use elements from the programme's classic series (1963–89) and self-titled TV film (1996). The new Torchwood plays received the blessing of Davies, [2] who had been working with Gardner and former Big Finish producer Gary Russell to bring the programme to the company since 2013. [3]

BBC Worldwide commercial subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation

BBC Worldwide Ltd. was the wholly owned commercial subsidiary of the BBC, formed out of a restructuring of its predecessor BBC Enterprises in 1995. The company monetises BBC brands, selling BBC and other British programming for broadcast abroad with the aim of supplementing the income received by the BBC through the licence fee.

<i>Doctor Who</i> (film) 1996 British-American-Canadian television film directed by Geoffrey Sax

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Gary Russell writer

Gary Russell is a British freelance writer, producer and former child actor. As a writer, he is best known for his work in connection with the television series Doctor Who and its spin-offs in other media. As an actor, he is best known for playing Dick Kirrin in the British 1978 television series The Famous Five.

Each play from the series' main range usually centres on one or more members of the organisation or their associates. The first twelve (originally announced as its first and second series) were released as monthly instalments between September 2015–August 2016, with an additional twelve released between March–August 2017 and March–August 2018. A further twelve more plays will be released monthly 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 were respectively released 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]


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.

The story arc central to the series' main "monthly" 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 appears the group 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 present day and future. Certain plays also take place during events from the TV series.



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, with other directors and composers contributing infrequently. Scripts were initially edited by Steve Tribe, with duties later shared with David Llewellyn. From 2019, scripts are 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 U.S., 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 in between. They debut through Big Finish's website for digital download and physical purchase, before being commercially available three months later, as usual with other Big Finish releases.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingRelease DateProd.
1"The Conspiracy" Scott Handcock David Llewellyn Jack Harkness 15 September 2015 (2015-09-15)BFPTWCD01
2"Fall to Earth"Scott Handcock James Goss Ianto Jones 19 October 2015 (2015-10-19)BFPTWCD02
3"Forgotten Lives"Scott HandcockEmma Reeves Gwen Cooper, Rhys Williams 5 November 2015 (2015-11-05)BFPTWCD03
4"One Rule" Barnaby Edwards Joseph Lidster Yvonne Hartman 7 December 2015 (2015-12-07)BFPTWCD04
5"Uncanny Valley"Neil GardnerDavid LlewellynJack Harkness18 January 2016 (2016-01-18)BFPTWCD05
6"More Than This"Scott Handcock Guy Adams Gwen Cooper10 February 2016 (2016-02-10)BFPTWCD06
7"The Victorian Age"Scott HandcockAK BenedictJack Harkness10 March 2016 (2016-03-10)BFPTWCD07
8"Zone 10"Scott HandcockDavid Llewellyn Toshiko Sato 5 April 2016 (2016-04-05)BFPTWCD08
9"Ghost Mission"Scott HandcockJames Goss Andy Davidson, Norton Folgate3 May 2016 (2016-05-03)BFPTWCD09
10"Moving Target"Scott HandcockGuy Adams Suzie Costello 6 June 2016 (2016-06-06)BFPTWCD10
11"Broken"Scott HandcockJoseph LidsterJack Harkness, Ianto Jones4 July 2016 (2016-07-04)BFPTWCD11
12"Made You Look"Scott HandcockGuy AdamsGwen Cooper2 August 2016 (2016-08-02)BFPTWCD12
13"Visiting Hours"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynRhys Williams14 March 2017 (2017-03-14)BFPTWCD13
14"The Dollhouse" Lisa Bowerman Juno DawsonMarlow Sweet, Charley Du Bujeau, Gabi Martinez18 April 2017 (2017-04-18)BFPTWCD14
15"Corpse Day"Scott HandcockJames Goss Owen Harper, Andy Davidson9 May 2017 (2017-05-09)BFPTWCD15
16"torchwood_cascade_CDRip.tor"Scott HandcockScott HandcockToshiko Sato7 June 2017 (2017-06-07)BFPTWCD16
17"The Office of Never Was"Scott HandcockJames GossIanto Jones6 July 2017 (2017-07-06)BFPTWCD17
18"The Dying Room"Scott Handcock Lizzie Hopley M LeDuc, Herr Grau8 August 2017 (2017-08-08)BFPTWCD18
19"The Death of Captain Jack"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynJack Harkness, John Hart 29 March 2018 (2018-03-29)BFPTWCD19
20"The Last Beacon"Scott Handcock Gareth David-Lloyd Owen Harper, Ianto Jones24 April 2018 (2018-04-24)BFPTWCD20
21"We Always Get Out Alive"Scott HandcockGuy AdamsGwen Cooper, Rhys Williams22 May 2018 (2018-05-22)BFPTWCD21
22"Goodbye Piccadilly"Scott HandcockJames GossAndy Davidson, Norton Folgate27 June 2018 (2018-06-27)BFPTWCD22
23"Instant Karma"Lisa BowermanDavid Llewellyn, James Goss, Jonathan Morris Toshiko Sato17 July 2018 (2018-07-17)BFPTWCD23
24"Deadbeat Escape"Scott HandcockJames Goss Billis Manger 9 August 2018 (2018-08-09)BFPTWCD24
25TBATBATBATBAMarch 2019 (2019-03)BFPTWCD25
26TBATBATBATBAApril 2019 (2019-04)BFPTWCD26
27TBATBATBATBAMay 2019 (2019-05)BFPTWCD27
28TBATBATBATBAJune 2019 (2019-06)BFPTWCD28
29TBATBATBATBAJuly 2019 (2019-07)BFPTWCD29
30TBATBATBATBAAugust 2019 (2019-08)BFPTWCD30
31TBATBATBATBASeptember 2019 (2019-09)BFPTWCD31
32TBATBATBATBAOctober 2019 (2019-10)BFPTWCD32
33TBATBATBATBANovember 2019 (2019-11)BFPTWCD33
34TBATBATBATBADecember 2019 (2019-12)BFPTWCD34
35TBATBATBATBAJanuary 2020 (2020-01)BFPTWCD35
36TBATBATBATBAFebruary 2020 (2020-02)BFPTWCD36


Special (2016)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byRelease DateProd.
"The Torchwood Archive"Scott HandcockJames Goss21 October 2016 (2016-10-21)BFPTWARCHIVECD

Outbreak (2016)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byRelease DateProd.
1"Stage 1 - Incubation: Know"Scott HandcockGuy Adams15 November 2016 (2016-11-15)BFPTWOUTBCD
2"Stage 2 - Prodromal: Love"Scott HandcockEmma Reeves15 November 2016 (2016-11-15)BFPTWOUTBCD
3"Stage 3 - Invasion: Kill"Scott HandcockAK Benedict15 November 2016 (2016-11-15)BFPTWOUTBCD

Torchwood One (2017–)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byRelease DateProd.
Before the Fall
1"New Girl"Barnaby EdwardsJoseph Lidster19 January 2017 (2017-01-19)BFPTWONE01CD
2"Through the Ruins"Barnaby Edwards Jenny T Colgan 19 January 2017 (2017-01-19)BFPTWONE01CD
3"Uprising"Barnaby EdwardsMatt Fitton19 January 2017 (2017-01-19)BFPTWONE01CD
1"The Law Machines"Barnaby EdwardsMatt Fitton18 July 2018 (2018-07-18)BFPTWONE02CD
2"Blind Summit"Barnaby EdwardsGareth David-Lloyd18 July 2018 (2018-07-18)BFPTWONE02CD
3"9 to 5"Barnaby EdwardsTim Foley18 July 2018 (2018-07-18)BFPTWONE02CD

Aliens Among Us (2017–18)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byRelease DateProd.
Part 1
1"Changes Everything"Scott HandcockJames Goss10 August 2017 (2017-08-10)BFPTWFIVE01CD
2"Aliens & Sex & Chips & Gravy"Scott HandcockJames Goss10 August 2017 (2017-08-10)BFPTWFIVE01CD
3"Orr"Scott HandcockJuno Dawson10 August 2017 (2017-08-10)BFPTWFIVE01CD
4"Superiority Complex"Scott HandcockAK Benedict10 August 2017 (2017-08-10)BFPTWFIVE01CD
Part 2
5"Love Rat"Scott HandcockChristopher Cooper19 October 2017 (2017-10-19)BFPTWFIVE02CD
6"A Kill to a View"Scott HandcockMac Rogers19 October 2017 (2017-10-19)BFPTWFIVE02CD
7"Zero Hour"Scott HandcockJanine H Jones19 October 2017 (2017-10-19)BFPTWFIVE02CD
8"The Empty Hand"Scott HandcockTim Foley19 October 2017 (2017-10-19)BFPTWFIVE02CD
Part 3
9"Poker Face"Scott HandcockTim Foley6 February 2018 (2018-02-06)BFPTWFIVE03CD
10"Tagged"Scott HandcockJoseph Lidster6 February 2018 (2018-02-06)BFPTWFIVE03CD
11"Escape Room"Scott HandcockHelen Goldwyn6 February 2018 (2018-02-06)BFPTWFIVE03CD
12"Herald of the Dawn"Scott HandcockJames Goss6 February 2018 (2018-02-06)BFPTWFIVE03CD

Believe (2018)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byRelease DateProd.
1"Episode One"Scott HandcockGuy Adams25 April 2018 (2018-04-25)BFPTWBELIEVE
2"Episode Two"Scott HandcockGuy Adams25 April 2018 (2018-04-25)BFPTWBELIEVE
3"Episode Three"Scott HandcockGuy Adams25 April 2018 (2018-04-25)BFPTWBELIEVE

God Among Us

No.TitleDirected byWritten byRelease DateProd.
Part 1
1"Future Plan"Scott HandcockJames GossOctober 2018 (2018-10)BFPTWSIX01CD
2"The Man Who Destroyed Torchwood"Scott HandcockGuy AdamsOctober 2018 (2018-10)BFPTWSIX01CD
3"See No Evil"Scott HandcockJohn DorneyOctober 2018 (2018-10)BFPTWSIX01CD
4"Night Watch"Scott HandcockTim FoleyOctober 2018 (2018-10)BFPTWSIX01CD
Part 2
5TBAScott HandcockTBAFebruary 2019 (2019-02)BFPTWSIX02CD
6TBAScott HandcockTBAFebruary 2019 (2019-02)BFPTWSIX02CD
7TBAScott HandcockTBAFebruary 2019 (2019-02)BFPTWSIX02CD
8TBAScott HandcockTBAFebruary 2019 (2019-02)BFPTWSIX02CD
Part 3
9TBAScott HandcockTBAJune 2019 (2019-06)BFPTWSIX03CD
10TBAScott HandcockTBAJune 2019 (2019-06)BFPTWSIX03CD
11TBAScott HandcockTBAJune 2019 (2019-06)BFPTWSIX03CD
12TBAScott HandcockTBAJune 2019 (2019-06)BFPTWSIX03CD

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