TORCHWOOD: THE CONSPIRACY New Jack CD
What if David Icke was right? No, not about being the son of God – but his theory that hostile, reptilian forces secretly rule the world.
That’s the premise behind The Conspiracy, the first in Big Finish’s new Torchwood range. George Wilson ( John Sessions) was a respected newsreader until he suffered a breakdown on air. It looked like the end of his career, but he bounced back as an Icke- like guru. Now the public lap up his theories about humanity being controlled by the alien “Committee”. Is he crazy? Captain Jack doesn’t think so. But as he investigates it becomes clear that the truth is more complicated than either of them realise.
While the BBC’s Torchwood radio plays were self- contained dramas, Big Finish’s version is telling a larger tale and focusing on a single main character per episode. The casts are small, with the joins just about covered by John Barrowman’s intermittent narration. You notice the gang’s absence, but Barrowman has enough charisma to carry the story. It helps that there’s a few good twists, and a strong sense of a global scale. With future eps taking place in different parts of Torchwood’s timeline, this looks set to be a suitably epic adventure. Will Salmon