Toshiko Sato and Ianto Jones did not have nearly enough screen time together on Torchwood. So Gareth David-Lloyd has rectified this in Torchwood: Dinner and a Show which brings the two together for a light and adventurous night at the opera.

Starting off I just have to say: I love drunk Tosh. I would fight off an opera hall full of angry aliens for drunk Tosh. Take that with a grain of salt as I would probably say the same about sober Tosh. Naoko Mori is the best part of Dinner and a Show. It’s her sincerity that makes Tosh a character always worth rooting for. At the opera Tosh gets to have some fun arguments with Ianto, show off her badass Torchwood skills, and provide some positivity and inspiration to end the night.

It’s a light-hearted and fun story. There are plenty of fantastic one-liners in the script for Ianto. Clearly that humour is a part of Ianto that Gareth David-Lloyd loves to play. I particularly liked a connection in this story between Ianto’s sense of humor and Owen’s, and the understanding that Ianto reached in The Last Beacon (also written by David-Lloyd).

Music is a big part of the story as well (shout out to Blair Mowat), which is to be expected at an opera. It is especially funny to hear Ianto defend Metal as a genre to a derisive Tosh, knowing about David-Lloyd’s Metal band, Blue Gillespie. There’s also a wonderful conversation about the magic of music (or maybe, more accurately, the magic of human emotion) and it makes for a wonderful moment between the two friends.

Overall

It’s a nice change of pace to have a Torchwood story focused more on positivity. Dinner and a Show is a fun adventure between two friends who really deserve to have a nice day every now and again. My real take-away is that we just need more funny Ianto buddy adventures from Gareth David-Lloyd. (I vote Ianto and Rhys next time!)

Torchwood: Dinner and a Show (c) Big Finish

Synopsis

This title was released in June 2020. It will be exclusively available to buy from the Big Finish website until August 31st 2020, and on general sale after this date.

It’s February 14th and Owen is a no-show for Toshiko’s not-Valentine’s-Valentine’s Night at the opera. 

Worse, when Ianto turns up he has bad news for Toshiko, for Cardiff and for fans of classical music – the opera is full of aliens. The doors are bolted, there’s no way out, and this could be the final curtain…

Cast

  • Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones)
  • Naoko Mori (Toshiko Sato)
  • John Rutledge (Wallfisch)
  • Rhys ap William (Ilmatar)

Credits

  • Senior Producer: David Richardson
  • Additional themes by Ben Foster
  • Cover Artist: Lee Binding
  • Director: Scott Handcock
  • Executive Producer: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
  • Music: Blair Mowat
  • Producer: James Goss
  • Script Editor: Scott Handcock
  • Sound Design: Steve Foxon
  • Written by Gareth David-Lloyd
  • Theme Music by Murray Gold

Torchwood: Dinner and a Show is available now from the Big Finish website. The title is priced at £10.99 on CD and £8.99 to download. The Big Finish App, available for free on Apple and Android devices, makes listening even easier.

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