It’s Torchwood: The Last Beacon, it’s Ianto Jones and Owen Harper, it’s Gareth David-Lloyd’s first Big Finish credit as a writer. Gosh. You spoil us, once again Big Finish. So, it’s a title with much to recommend on paper, but does the actual produce live up to expectations? Short review: Yes. Long review? If you insist…
The Last Beacon
Looking through the details on the product page we learn:
A signal in a Welsh mountain is calling an ancient battle fleet to Earth. Owen Harper and Ianto Jones head up into the Brecons to stop it.
The problem is – Ianto really loves camping.
We also learn the cast includes a character identified as Ianto’s Nan (Marilyn le Conte), so immediately we get a warm, cosy feeling, and indeed the story starts with the Odd Couple pairing of Ianto and Owen en route to the Brecon Beacons in search of a mysterious alien signal, and what will be a tour of the Valleys, along with a dose of history. It’s not all nostalgia, as Owen is the classic fish out of water, and even though Gareth wrote the story, Ianto is a supporting character for much of the story as our heroes survive encounters with Welsh youth, drinkers, shop owners and even the odd alien presence. It’s hard to do this pleasing story justice in words. Under Scott Handcock’s direction the script comes to life, oozing character and the end result is (yet) another strong story and a great advert for the quality of the range.
We learn more of Owen’s approach to life, even if it’s all what rather than why, whereas Ianto is carefully pitched as eager to impress, fond of details (and coffee!) and yet with determination.
Well done one and all!