Burn Gorman brings Owen Harper back to life in this creepy medical mystery! An old friend calls in a favour and with no teammates for him to hide from, Torchwood: Iceberg shines a new light on Owen’s character.
Owen Harper is always at his most likeable when he is being a doctor. He can be kind, thoughtful, and clever without being overly smug about it. He just does not often choose to be those things around the team. So it’s great that Iceberg gives a chance for the more concerned and softer side of Owen to shine. The rest of the team is not on this adventure, nor is P.C. Andy who has tagged along with Owen a few times already. Owen’s only help comes from an old friend who has known him since they were kids.
Since Amira has known Owen so long there is much less coldness and anger in their interactions. He was a different person when they were friends and the Owen that existed before Katie’s death and before Torchwood is still a part of him. This story implies it’s one of the deepest parts of him. There’s still his snark and blunt attitude but as the story goes on more of the Owen from the first season of Torchwood is on display. By the end of the story the person Owen might have been is once again buried deep down. It’s cemented down finally by a choice that is both heartbreaking and entirely faithful to the character we all know (and can’t help but love).
The mystery Dr. Harper is there to solve is also put together particularly well. An almost empty and eerily quiet hospital setting starts it all off with plenty of creepy vibes. However, the real horror comes as each piece of the mystery is unravelled. Writer Grace Knight put in just enough clues for those listeners, like me, who try to solve things along the way. Each time another piece of the puzzle comes together proves more horrifying than the last. As Owen uncovers each bit of information the bigger picture of this mystery becomes more terrible and the story becomes more captivating.
Owen’s life is a sad mixture of heartbreak and horror; so it makes perfect sense that those are the two elements that combine to make this story. This detailed character study is refreshing. The mystery is engaging. This audio is a must-listen for fans of Owen Harper and a fantastic addition to Big Finish’s Torchwood stories.
This title was released in May 2020. It will be exclusively available to buy from the Big Finish website until July 31st 2020, and on general sale after this date.
Doctor Owen Harper’s called to the hospital. There’s a ward full of remarkable coma patients and more are coming in. Each patient came in with a dead relative as their imaginary friend.
Has Owen really discovered a bridge between the living and the dead?
- Burn Gorman (Owen Harper)
- Maya Saroya (Amira)
- Lowri Walton (Lucy)
- 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: David Llewellyn
- Sound Design: Iain Meadows
- Written by Grace Knight
- Theme Music by Murray Gold
Torchwood: Iceberg 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.
Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, 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.