Ace returns to Torchwood and heads to the city of masks for Death in Venice!

Dorothy ‘Ace’ McShane is back and she’s got work to do in a brand-new full-cast audio drama from the Torchwood monthly range, due for release in September 2022. Ace will soon be back on TV in the centenary Doctor Who special this autumn. But ahead of that Sophie Aldred returns to voice the classic companion in Torchwood: Death In Venice. Ace is once again seeking help from Torchwood Three’s Mr Colchester, played by Paul Clayton (Doctor Who: Planet of the Ood, Peep Show, Him & Her), having previously encountered him in 2021’s The Red List.

Sophie Aldred talked about her Torchwood return. “You cannot imagine just how much fun it is to be returning,” she said, “not only to the best job of my life at Doctor Who, but also to branch out once more into Torchwood with the incomparable Paul Clayton. I could quite happily listen to him all day… wait, there, I did! Lucky me.”

Paul Clayton himself added, “It’s always a huge treat when a new Big Finish script drops into my inbox. The writers are so clever at creating new and exciting adventures for familiar characters.

“To find that Mr Colchester was going to have more adventures teamed with Ace was absolutely magical. Sophie is just the most gorgeous actress to work with and there’s a beautiful, simple truth about her work. In the space of barely two stories Colchester and Ace have created a magical chemistry. It’s a joy to be part of.”


Torchwood: Death in Venice. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish Productions Doctor Who Ace Dorothy McShane Mr Colchester
Torchwood: Death in Venice. Cover by Sean Longmore (c) Big Finish Productions

Torchwood: Death in Venice

Dorothy McShane once travelled with the Doctor. She misses those days. Sure, she still saves the world, but less by beating up Daleks and catapulting Cybermen and more through running a massively successful charity.

Only, she’s on the run for her life and her charity is in trouble. Someone wants Dorothy dead. And Torchwood are coming to the rescue. Can Mr Colchester keep her safe on the magical streets of Venice?


Torchwood: Death In Venice is available to pre-order for just £10.99 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £8.99 (digital download only), exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Big Finish listeners can save money by purchasing this title in a six-release bundle for just £60 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £50 (download only). A whole year’s worth of adventures can also be bought together in a bundle for just £110 (collector’s edition CD + download) or £94 (download only).

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 or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.


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