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REVIEW: Torchwood: Disco

Torchwood: Disco. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish

The Gareth David-Lloyd penned Ianthology concludes in Disco – out now!

If you thought that the Big Finish Torchwood Monthly Range couldn’t get any better, think again. Disco is perhaps one of the simplest stories to enter the range plot wise, but it’s superbly effective. David-Lloyd plays a blinder here, in both his writing and performance. Big Finish sometimes falters by giving the listener too much exposition, whereas this particular story lets you realise what’s happening at your own pace. Director Lisa Bowerman notes this herself in the extras, which come as an added bonus with every Big Finish purchase.

Grief-stricken Ianto comes face-to-face with his father, exploring their relationship which has been hinted at for years. Getting to know his father throughout really adds another layer to Ianto. At this point, Ianto is a 14-story apartment building with the amount of layers he has! The way this story unfolds, really is a masterclass at grief, and parental troubles. Its simplistic nature adds tenfold to the emotions felt by the listener. In what has become the traditional Torchwood fashion, it ends on a line sure to leave you feeling an abundance of emotions.


The father-son chemistry between Gareth David-Lloyd and Rhys ap Trefor grounds a standout Torchwood story

Rhys ap Trefor, who portrays Ianto’s dad, Disco, is a superb guest star, leaving his mark on the Torchwood Monthly Range. The chemistry, banter and heartfelt scenes that he shares with David-Lloyd’s Ianto are as if they were actually father and son. The dynamic is instantly believable from the get-out, with Ianto slipping up on occasion leaving the listener panicking for him! It goes without saying that we would all love our favourite guest stars to return, but I have a feeling in this case it’s best left alone. This is without a doubt a standout Torchwood story in any medium, and it will definitely leave you with food for thought.


Torchwood: Disco. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish Ianto Jones Gareth David-Lloyd
Torchwood: Disco. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish

Torchwood: Disco

It’s 1987 and “Disco” Jones is still dancing. Life and soul, bab, life and soul. Wednesdays is darts at The Merry Miller, Thursdays – shove ha’penny at The Boilermakers, Fridays played by ear, and Saturdays it’s the Disco at Cinderella’s.

So who is Tom and why does he want to build a fence with him?

Torchwood: Disco is now available to own as a collector’s edition single-disc CD (+ download for just £10.99) or as a digital download only (for just £8.99), exclusively here. Big Finish listeners can save money long-term by ordering Tube Strike as part of a six-release Torchwood – Monthly Range bundle for just £60 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £50 (download only). A 12-release Torchwood bundle is also available for just £110 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £96 (download only).




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