Whenever Ianto Jones has a tough day at work, he has somewhere he can hide. And, for Ianto Jones, it’s always a tough day at work.
His girlfriend is dead, his colleagues don’t trust him, and his boss… his boss is something else. With no friends in the world, and his life in danger every day, is it any wonder that at night, Ianto Jones goes to the pub?
Ianto’s local becomes somewhere where he feels safe. Safe from his demons, safe from his life, safe from Torchwood. Until one evening, Captain Jack Harkness walks into a bar…
While watching the TV series, many wondered how Jack and Ianto went from threatening and punching each other to Ianto propositioning Jack with a stopwatch. This audio is the answer to that.
Although it is mostly known for that, it is above all an exploration of Ianto’s character and how he felt and dealt with everything that happened to him and to the team in the first 7 episodes of series 1.
It comes as no surprise that the answers are “bad” and “not well” but the way the story is structured makes it a captivating tale well served by terrific actors that deliver wonderful performances.
Broken was the first BF audio I listened to, and it’s truly beautiful. Torchwood as a tv show is really bad at showing the aftermath of their exploits, and this audio fills the gap that the show leaves in exploring Ianto dealing with the death of Lisa
Out of all the few BF audios I have listened to, Broken is my favorite all of time. David-Lloyd’s open monologue of Ianto’s nightmare really, really hurts me. (Warning: if you really love Ianto, this is NOT a good audio to listen to in public.)
This audio is a must-listen for Ianto fans, because it really fleshes out his Series 1 characterization and fills in a LOT of the questions most of us had between episodes 4 and 6.
Also, I love the flashback/flashforward feel of Ianto talking to Mandy and relating ficitionalized-moments from Torchwood.
All in all, I love this audio and definitely recommend it.
While it still doesn’t make complete sense how Jack and Ianto got together (I do have something to say on that matter, if anyone asks), this is still a wonderful Ianto audio. I have re-listened to this audio the most out of all the Big Finish audios I own.
I listened to Broken several years ago, and over time, I just… it started feeling a bit bland. So I relistened, and WOW. I mean. WOW.
I remember the hype when it was coming out, and this absolutely lives up to it. It’s intense and sad. But it’s also kind of hopeful, in that Torchwood way. It’s probably too late to say it now, given the time and popularity, but this is absolutely a must-have.
Alicia Jasmine –
This audio gives some very very much needed characterization for Ianto Jones and explains the development of Jack and Ianto’s relationship between Cyberwoman and They Keep Killing Suzie. It actually shows the extent to which Ianto was suffering after losing his girlfriend and facing the cannibals. It fills some plot holes that the show decided to gloss over and is very well written. One of the final scenes with the Captain Jack Harkness theme playing gave me chills! This is a must-listen.
Simpy perfection, there are no other words. I had heard so much about this, that I started to fear my expectations will be too high. But no – this is really essential listening material for every Torchwood fan. I already loved Gareth’s take on Fall To Earth and again he’s doing an absolutely wonderful job. The range of emotions he brings across during this hour-long story is simply amazing. He makes your heart break over and over again.
Before listening I had heard that Jack would have only a minor part in this story, so for me in the end it was a bigger part than I expected. John Barrowman also does an excellent job. In other audios he’s sometimes a bit over the top where it feels not necessary, but here everything just fits.