OH, HAPPY DAYS!!
In this time of doom and gloom revolving around the Doctor Who community it’s finally nice to hear some GOOD news. As always I can count on Big Finish Productions to deliver the goods through their countless quality narratives and creative contributions to the long-running science-fiction television programme.
These are the guys that kept Doctor Who alive during the latter years of The Wilderness Years (1999-2004), granting us new tales with The Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Doctor. Plus, they have only grown stronger during the duration of The New Series, finding new ways to bring The Classic Series into the modern-age whilst retaining its charm. And there’s the consideration of how they managed to not only salvage Colin Baker‘s short tenure as The Sixth Doctor (after he was cruelly shafted by Michael Grade) but also Paul McGann‘s one-off performance as The Eighth Doctor.
Both incarnations have had huge success through Big Finish’s ingenuity, spanning them a much larger era, along with a severe amount of character development, making them both more appreciated by the fandom.
I particularly love what they’ve done with The Eighth Doctor, granting him one of my favourite eras within the show’s entirety, to which has dragged this incarnation of The Doctor through Hell and back, from battling The Dalek Time Controller across time, to preventing The Master using The Eminence to control the universe, to confronting The Eleven (a Time Lord psychotic that has the worst case of split-personality disorder), and finally, seeing his struggling efforts to preserve order within the first years of The Last Great Time War.
Their latest achievement is delivering content based on The New Series, exploring new territories with Kate Stewart and Osgood via UNIT: The New Series (starring Gemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver), journeying further into River Song’s complicated timeline through The Dairy of River Song (to which Alex Kingston gets to interact with Classic Doctors), placing Commander Strax within Big Finish’s popular spin-off series Jago & Litefoot, and even giving us special boxsets featuring both The Tenth Doctor (with David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Billie Piper, and Camille Coduri reprising their respective roles), and The War Doctor (to which Sir John Hurt was apart of before his untimely passing [RIP]).
Heck, they’ve even got a boxset coming out later this year following The War Master, the very incarnation of the villainous Time Lord who thought during The Last Great Time War (with Sir Derek Jacobi returning to the role after his one-off appearance in 2007s “Utopia” [the fans finally get their wish]).
But enough stalling, onto the news at hand. Big Finish aren’t strangers to the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood, to which became apart of their new range of New Series content, starting out as a monthly range following different characters within the franchise, to which spanned into a one-off special (Torchwood: Outbreak) which involved the whole cast starring together in a plot set between Series 2 and Children of Earth. But now Big Finish are going to officially continue the story, which was left on a cliff-hanger at the end of Miracle Day back in 2011.
We’re finally going to see what happened next to Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, and her husband Rhys Williams. Though the storyline won’t be continuing the Miracle Day plotline it is promising a return to the original structure, i.e. a good old fashioned dark, gritty Torchwood investigation in Cardiff, this time revolving around alien immigration and the political/social backlash.
Here are further details…
Big Finish picks up the events after Miracle Day with Torchwood: Aliens Among Us…
Captain Jack and Gwen Cooper have restarted Torchwood. But it’s in a very different Cardiff. Something terrible’s happened to the city. With every day getting darker, will Torchwood need to adopt a whole new approach?
5.1 Changes Everything by James Goss
Tyler Steele has washed up in Cardiff looking for a fresh start. A disgraced journalist, he’s looking into the Red Doors movement – are they really behind the terrorist attacks on immigrants? Who is stirring up the racism and hatred in the city, and what does outsourcing contractor 3Sol have to do with it? Tyler finds out that Torchwood – a secret organisation that everyone thought long gone – is back in business. Tyler realises that this is the second chance he’s been looking for, and he’ll do anything to be a part of it.
5.2 Aliens & Sex & Chips & Gravy by James Goss
Has Cardiff really been invaded by aliens? Tyler thinks he’s found a lead – the daughter of the mysterious Ro-Jedda is getting married and has booked a private party. If Torchwood can infiltrate it, there’s a chance they’ll end up closer to the truth. Free bar, canapes, and the chance to find out what’s really going on. What could possibly go wrong? Soon Torchwood are on the run for their lives, and learning more than they ever wanted to about alien life.
5.3 Orr by Juno Dawson
Vincent Parry is the most successful property developer in Cardiff. A while ago he made an agreement with the mysterious Ro-Jedda, and it is an arrangement he has come to bitterly regret. Something has to be done – but it’s going to cost him everything he loves. With time running out for Cardiff, Torchwood encounter an alien who knows them only too well.
5.4 Superiority Complex by AK Benedict
Poverty and homelessness are on the rise in Cardiff. The streets are full of the desperate and the dispossessed. So, of course, it’s the right time to open a 7-star luxury, all-inclusive hotel. And, naturally, the hotel is for aliens only. As the humans stand outside the gates and look hungrily in, there’s one thing that makes them smile. Someone is murdering the guests.
Written By: James Goss, Juno Dawson, AK Benedict
Directed By: Scott Handcock
To top it all off Series 5 will be overseen by its creator, and former Doctor Who show-runner, Russell T Davies who acted as a backseat driver to help guide Big Finish into a new trajectory, to which writer and producer James Goss even admitted that Davies pushed them to drive the show off a cliff, pushing them to be truly bold and risky with this new season which Goss thanked Davies for because it meant that they incorporated elements they neither would of thought of, nor dared to do.
Torchwood: Aliens Among Us will see the return of John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owens, and Tom Price as their respective characters from the first four series, alongside new-comers Paul Clayton, Alexandria Riley, and Jonny Green. The new series will produced by James Goss, and executive produced by Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery. And it will be released by Big Finish Productions in three consecutive boxsets (overall consisting of twelve sixty minute episodes), with Part 1 due out this month. Follow the first link below to pre-order your copy today, and check out the second link to listen to the first official trailer:
Shout out in the comment section below if you’re just as excited for the return of Torchwood!! What are you most excited about, and what would you like to see most from Torchwood: Aliens Among Us?