SFX - - Reviews - Episode three, which fea­tures Gwen and Rhys, is the first drama­tised Torch­wood yarn set af­ter Mir­a­cle Day.

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

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