“Welcome, visitor. The Torchwood Archive provides a complete history of our Institute from its distant beginnings to the present day. When we founded our great enterprise in the year of our Lord 1879, we decreed that there should be a record of this achievement, stored at the very furthest limits of the British Empire. By visiting you are spreading that legacy, perhaps out through the skies. For now, I shall bid you a good day and welcome you to the Torchwood Archive. Do, please look around.”
The Torchwood Archive is a forgotten asteroid in the centre of a great war. Jeremiah is its first visitor in many centuries. He’s come to learn something very important. And the ghosts of Torchwood are waiting for him.
As Goss explains: “The Torchwood Archive is a celebration of 10 years of Torchwood. It features scenes with characters from the beginning of Torchwood to what may be its very end – from Queen Victoria through to Jeremiah Bash Henderson. It’s an excuse to gather together literally everyone we could get our hands on. It’s an unusual release – part anthology, part giddy epic, and mostly just a shameless excuse to hopefully make the fans ridiculously happy.”
The story’s director, Scott Handcock, adds: “It’s a year since our first Torchwood release and we’ve been discussing the tenth anniversary since the very beginning! The Torchwood Archive is a celebration of all things Torchwood. We’ve spent over a year pulling it together. It’s intricate, epic, insane and tells the story of Torchwood in a way we’ve never experienced before. Fans are in for a treat!”
The Torchwood Archive comes out in October exclusive to Big Finish, and is available for pre-order at £11.99 on Download and £13.99 on CD.
Big Finish is also producing a special three-part story, Torchwood Outbreak to mark the anniversary; BBC Audio are rereleasing the Torchwood Radio Plays.
Update: September 7: Big Finish has also confirmed that there will be a new series of six plays (described as stories 13-18 rather than season 3) in 2017. According to producer James Goss: “The first release features the return of Nerys Hughes as Rhys’s mum in Visiting Hours by David Llewellyn. Coming up after that is The Dollhouse by Juno Dawson, which is ridiculously inventive. She dares to show a glimpse of life at Torchwood LA in the 1970s, and it’s magnificent – we’re hoping to spend some of the next few releases showing different aspects of Torchwood through the ages, and The Dollhouse is a great place to start. That doesn’t mean we won’t be keeping the regulars busy – Ianto’s going to have a tough time, Gwen’s on a road to nowhere, and someone finally dares to say ‘No’ to Captain Jack.”