Double-crossers! Double lives! Double trouble! The Autons emerge in the first full-cast audio adventure of a dark, political Torchwood two-parter, ‘Double’, released today by Big Finish Productions.

In Torchwood: Double – Part 1, Louise Jameson gives an unmissable performance as Roberta Craven – the messy, extremely intelligent, and complicated head of 1970s Torchwood!

Torchwood: Double – Part 1 – Louise Jameson (c) Big Finish

1970s London is a place of suspicion and murder. The assassination of an entire embassy comes to the attention of Torchwood. There’s a global energy crisis. There’s an alien invasion. Petrochemical companies are subject to hostile take overs by the mysterious Nessoil. Extremely hostile take overs.

Roberta Craven was once a spy. Now she’s broken. But she can still see the patterns in the world. And they’re closing in around her.

Torchwood: Double – Part 1, written by Guy Adams, is now available to own for just £10.99 (collector’s edition single-disc CD + download) or £8.99 (download only) from


It’s a Sin star and BAFTA-nominee Omari Douglas features as the journalist Neal Hart, alongside Downton Abbey’s Emma Lowndes (as Patty), EastEnders actor Don Gilét (as Herman Baker), Reda Elazouar (as Mac) and Anthony Howell (as Cornwell).

Torchwood: Double – Part 1 – Don Gilet, Omari Douglas, Louise Jameson, Reda Elazouar, Emma Lowndes, Anthony Howell (c) Big Finish

Director Barnaby Edwards said: “Guy’s script is a masterpiece of understatement and complexity, so I knew I needed to assemble a top-notch cast. I couldn’t be happier with the actors we got – they’re world-class and so are their performances.”

It’s often said that a company of actors take their tone from their leading lady or leading man. Nowhere is that more noticeable than here. Louise Jameson blew everyone away. It’s a sensational, layered, nuanced, powerful, vulnerable and completely-laying-everything-bare performance. I cannot thank her enough!

And because she was so dangerous and so vulnerable, everyone else felt able to go out on a limb too. The result is packed with extraordinary performances which has made this – for me – a magical story to work on.

Writer Guy Adams added: “It was exciting and challenging to come up with a new head of Torchwood. Roberta is very good at her job and doesn’t suffer fools. She’s gotten to a position where morality is really hard to find and she clearly carries a good deal of guilt.

It was important for me to look to neurodivergence because I’m neurodivergent. To have a brain that can be thinking about everything all at once is brilliant but extraordinarily draining.

It was pleasing to have a splendidly vinegary and exciting lead character who could take my neurodivergences for a spin and see where they ended up when it came to saving the world.

Torchwood: Double – Part 1 (c) Big Finish
Torchwood: Double – Part 1 (#69)
  • Duration: 73 minutes approx.
  • Released: 10 January 2023, from the Big Finish website.
  • Director: Barnaby Edwards
  • Writer: Guy Adams
  • Script Editor / Producer: James Goss
  • Senior Producers: David Richardson and John Ainsworth
  • Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery

Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.

Torchwood: Double – Part 1, written by Guy Adams, is now available to own for just £10.99 (collector’s edition single-disc CD + download) or £8.99 (download only) from

Big Finish listeners can save money long-term by purchasing Torchwood: Double – Part 1 as part of a six-release bundle for just £60 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £50 (download only). Alternatively, a twelve-release bundle is also available from just £96.

Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.


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