The latest Torchwood story from Big Finish is something particularly extraordinary. A powerful tale, The Hope is a very human story. A story about people. About characters. But with a dash of science-fiction thrown in.
Dr Owen Harper is undercover, as a doctor, in a prison, with PC Andy also assisting. Their attention is focused on Megwyn Jones. She once ran a home for troubled children; The Hope. But those children disappeared. Now, close to the end of her life, she returns to The Hope to finally reveal the truth. Did she murder those poor children? What of their bodies? Or is there something supernatural or even alien at play?
James Goss has crafted something of a masterpiece. It is grim, horrific, mysterious and there is no way of predicting which way the story is going to go. This is what makes it all the more engaging. There is nothing more gripping than not knowing what will happen next. Without giving too much of the conclusion away, it is utterly bonkers. Therefore The Hope is classic Torchwood. Mad. Dark. Human. It twists one way and then another.
The whole thing feels very much like televised Torchwood of Series 2 and it helps to be aware of the events during those episodes. Burn Gorman and Tom Price have some wonderful interactions together. However it is Dame Siân Phillips who is the standout. The Welsh acting legend delivers a very powerful performance as Megwyn Jones. From frail and dying old lady, to the woman holding all the cards, oozing power as she does so. An incredible actor delivering a fascinating character.
It is really difficult to express what a engaging piece of audio drama The Hope is. Big Finish consistently deliver superb adult drama with Torchwood and this newest addition is no exception. Siân Phillips is sublime in a difficult role. The themes presented are horrific. Child murder is not exactly a topic geared for lightheartedness but the dialogue between Owen and PC Andy does lift things in their moments together. It may be considered a bit of an oddity, with a grimness largely absent from your typical Russell T Davies orchestrated fare. However, there is no denying that The Hope is an incredible achievement and firmly holds the listener’s attention.
This release contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.
This title was released in August 2019. It will be exclusively available to buy from the Big Finish website until October 31st 2019, and on general sale after this date.
Megwyn Jones is one of the most hated women in Britain. She used to run a home for troubled children in an isolated part of Snowdonia called The Hope. For a long time there were rumours about what was happening there, and then one day it was realised that the children had gone missing.
Ever since, Megwyn’s kept her peace. Is she innocent? Is she guilty? Where are the bodies?
The years have been long and hard on Megwyn and on the families of the children. But now Megwyn’s dying, and she’s agreed to go back to The Hope, to reveal the horrible secret she’s kept all these years.
- Burn Gorman (Owen Harper)
- Tom Price (Andy Davidson)
- Siân Phillips (Megwyn Jones)
- Laura Dalgleish (Reporter)
- Nia Roberts (Sally)
- Ian Saynor (Colbourne)
- Kerry Joy Stewart (Ginny)