Reviewed By: thisoldcan
Review Date: 4/28/18 2:30 pm
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In Believe, the latest offering from Big Finish’s Torchwood Special Releases range, the classic Torchwood team are back together, investigating a mysterious Church with a personal connection to Torchwood. As the group investigates, they find themselves confronted by agents of the Church on all sides, and struggling to trust their friends and allies. Believe is a good tale, and a story that fits in extremely well with the era of Torchwood it’s set in, Series 2. This story features the original cast of John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori, and Eve Myles united together once again, alongside a solid guest cast. Burn Gorman and Naoko Mori were my favorites of the main cast, as the two had an excellent arc, and showed off their brilliant antagonistic but sexually charged chemistry in this story well. Gorman was a revelation throughout, with a strong character arc, and a strong depth to his performance, while Mori gave a fantastic, out-of-the-box performance, especially with regards to her character’s relationship with Owen. The guest cast was generally solid; the highlights for me were Lois Meleri Jones and Rhian Blundell, as Andromeda and Erin. Meleri Jones was solid in her paranoia, and surprisingly good in her character’s pivot to villainy in the latter half of the story, while Blundell had an interesting chemistry with Gareth David-Lloyd throughout that played out well. Frequent Big Finish writer Guy Adams was tapped to create this story, and the results are enjoyable, if a bit off-putting at times. The story is a rather thinly-veiled reference to Scientology, and Adams lays it on a bit thick at times; it lacks subtlety and it really ground my gears the way that it was presented. But the story is an enjoyable, rompy adventure, split up into about five different threads. I personally thought that the Owen and Tosh bit of the story was the highlight, as the story did a really great job focusing on their relationship and what they mean to one another. I was slightly disappointed by the lack of Jack in the story, but I’ll chalk that up to Barrowman’s availability. Adams did a really great job giving a lot of backstory to the Church of the Outsiders throughout the story; I especially liked the looks at the hierarchy and “The Greys”, which were a fantastic, creepy creation. The highlight of Adams’ script though is in the ending, as he comes up with a strong ending that doesn’t feel like an ass-pull. Overall, Believe is certainly a flawed story at times, especially in its overall message and lack of deep performances, apart from the fantastic Burn Gorman and Naoko Mori. But the story is an enjoyable return for the classic Torchwood cast, and a strong trip back in time to Series 2 of Torchwood.