Toshiko Sato returns and it feels like she has never been away. Torchwood: Drive is a two-hander adventure that pairs Tosh with a personable taxi driver named Fawzia. It takes them on an exciting chase through the streets of Cardiff, as only they can save the city.

Drive incorporates one of my favourite Big Finish tropes; a Torchwood team member basically deputizing a civilian, to help them while the rest of the team is unavailable. Fawzia is the perfect civilian to choose. She understands the city, understands people, and has seen enough heist movies to catch a criminal. Naoko Mori and Suzanne Packer have an excellent and easy chemistry. Their two characters become fast friends under these strange circumstances. Fawzia seems like a good friend to have in general, but she’s also a great friend to have in a crisis. Her attitude and perspective are a perfect counterpoint to Tosh.

Starring Naoko Mori

Tosh is the ideal member of Team Torchwood for this case, not least because other team members may have dismissed Fawzia much more quickly, or been rude enough to not receive her full and necessary assistance. Tosh can be direct but puts the effort in to understand people and that helps her, with both Fawzia and the thief they are chasing. It’s a combination of her determination and patience on display in this story with both traits are needed on this case.

Naoko Mori (c) Big Finish
Torchwood: Drive – Naoko Mori (c) Big Finish

Another highlight of this adventure is the excellent sound design from Toby Hrycek-Robinson and remote sound engineering from Paul Midcalf. The atmosphere feels so real. Listeners are transported right into that cab along with Tosh and Fawzia and almost feel the night air whenever they roll to a stop and step out. It feels like one of those crisp nights full of potential. Thankfully, the action in this story really fills that night with both tension and energy. I also really enjoyed the sound effects for the various alien devices. They make these very out-of-place and fantastical noises. They are a joy to hear and add another layer to the atmosphere of this night and the idea that anything can happen next.

Overall

Torchwood: Drive could also be called a strange scavenger hunt via cab. Tosh and Fawzia gather clues from across Cardiff, chasing after an explosive prize. The climax of the adventure is especially tense, with an object and multiple people for Tosh to defuse as time runs short. The whole story moves along at a quick pace with a sweet and satisfying conclusion. New producer on the block Emily Cook and regular contributor director Lisa Bowerman have put together another excellent Torchwood release. Big Finish has been having a fantastic run of their Torchwood monthly range for a long while now. Drive continues that exciting trend and so I recommend you add it to your next shopping list!

Torchwood - Drive - (c) Big Finish
Torchwood – Drive – (c) Big Finish

Synopsis

This title was released in February 2021. It will be exclusively available to buy from the Big Finish website until April 30th, 2021, and on general sale after this date.

They know everything about Cardiff – they hear the city’s secrets, they move between its hidden places, they understand its nightmares. And they’re the people you turn to if you’re in trouble. They are taxi drivers.

Toshiko Sato, wounded and desperate, wakes up in the back of a cab. She’s got one night to save the city, and the meter’s running.

Cast

  • Naoko Mori (Toshiko Sato)
  • Taylor Jay-Davies (Lee)
  • Suzanne Packer (Fawzia)
  • Robert Wilfort (Chris)

Credits

  • Senior Producer: David Richardson
  • Range Producer: James Goss
  • Additional themes by Ben Foster
  • Remote Sound Engineering: Paul Midcalf
  • Cover Art by Lee Binding
  • Director: Lisa Bowerman
  • Executive Producer: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
  • Music: Blair Mowat
  • Producer: Emily Cook
  • Script Editor: James Goss
  • Sound Design: Toby Hrycek-Robinson
  • Written by David Llewellyn
  • Theme Music by Murray Gold

Torchwood: Drive 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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