Torchwood goes back to the future in August, with the return of the Torchwood Archive’s Zachary Cross Flane


Big Finish have announced the details of August’s full cast audio adventure for Torchwood. Empire of Shadows features the return of Shaun Parkes (Moses Jones, Line of Duty) as Zachary Cross Flane. The character first appeared in the 2006 Doctor Who two-parter The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit. He led a Torchwood Archive expedition to the planet Krop Tor, an impossible planet orbiting close to a black hole. There, alongside the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler, Zachary faced the devil itself. Now, in Empire of Shadows, he faces a different kind of evil in a mighty saga of corruption and deception.

Writer and producer James Goss revealed that Big Finish have been eager to revisit the Torchwood Archive era for some time. “We’ve wanted to do this for ages! Now seemed a great time to explore the future of Torchwood, especially as fans of the show are now growing up and discovering the Earth Empire through the Doctor Who Blu-ray Collections.

“How does Torchwood fit into this devious expanse of emperors and courtiers and corrupt systems? What happens to Zachary Cross Flane after The Impossible Planet? It was an absolute delight to find out that Shaun Parkes was interested in coming back to the part, and we had a great day with him in studio. He’d stayed up into the small hours the night before re-watching his episodes and was full of happy memories of fighting the Devil all those years ago.”


Shaun Parkes as Zachary Cross Flane in The Satan Pit (c) BBC Studios Doctor Who The Impossible Pit Torchwood Archive
Shaun Parkes as Zachary Cross Flane in The Satan Pit (c) BBC Studios

Torchwood: Empire of Shadows

In the far future of the Earth Empire, Torchwood is forgotten. So it’s a surprise when Zachary Cross Flane of the Torchwood Archive finds himself summoned to the opening of the late Empress’s Library.

Her son believes that the conspiracy which deposed his mother is still active, and that the key to it is hidden somewhere in the library. But does Zachary want to find it?

Torchwood: Empire of Shadows is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD at £10.99 or on download at £8.99, exclusively at

Please note that Torchwood contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.

Listeners of the Big Finish Torchwood range can save money by pre-ordering a bundle of stories. A six-release bundle is £60 on CD or £50 on download. Or save even more by ordering the twelve latest Torchwood releases together at £110 on CD or £94 on download.


Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control. But all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded. They can also be played on the Big Finish app (iOS, Android) from the release date.


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