Baps has long been the best (and only) café in Cardiff Bay. But something’s coming to the Bay – will it be posh coffee or aliens?
David thinks that Cardiff’s under a curse, ever since his Mum went missing. One day, a young man called Ianto Jones walks into David’s café. He’s looking for something. Will he help David learn what’s really going on in the city?
Enjoyable… so so enjoyable. Glimpses of what we know through people who DON’T know… Outsider POV is my favourite trope and I’m so pleased with how this was done. It was outstanding, and absolutely one of my favourite Ianto audios to date. I will be listening again, and many, many times.
A very sweet and emotional outsider POV story.
It plays out a lot like an outsider POV fanfiction, beginning around Ianto’s first time trying to get Jack to hire him, and winding through the events of all three of the seasons Ianto appears in.
If you’re a Ianto Jones fan this is a really good one to check out.
A well placed cameo at the end really drives the emotions of the story home.
This is a really great outsider POV story, in which you really get to know the new characters well. It’s great to experience aspects we are familiar with through the eyes of new characters, and I love how they develop alongside Ianto. Superb acting, great writing and a very emotional story overall, that helps to bridge some gaps!
Already listened to it twice and def will again! Fantastic acting and really interesting perspective. Going into it with no knowledge of when it was set led to some great anticipatory moments as it went on.
Definitely one for the fans with a good knowledge of the TV series (not sure how well it plays for casual viewers).
Outsider POV is one of my favorite tropes, so I may be biased, but I listened to eight audios in about three weeks, and this one was my favorite. It follows Ianto in his time in Cardiff, from the beginning to the end. David and Kathy are great POV characters and you will definitely get attached to them. Good! They’re wonderful characters. It’s a cool look at Ianto’s character, too, as both an individual and as a member of Torchwood.
Is this a must-have? I think so!
I remember people being very confused about the trailer but, for this release, I had read the synopsis but not listened to the trailer and it was very much what I was expecting. Though I must point out, even bracing myself for the emotional gut punches I knew were coming, they still hit me right in the feels! Well done, Big Finish!
I don’t know if the format of this audio can be odd for some people but, personally, it was very reminiscent of all these outsider POV/series rewrite fics I’ve read so I was very comfortable with it. Like a tropey piece of fiction, it’s very comforting to recognize the trope, know how it’s going to play out and just enjoy the journey!
On this journey, there are lots of good character moments, especially for Ianto but also for the Torchwood outsiders. The writing and the acting made me care for David and Kathy more than I expected. They’re up there with Zeynep and Hasan in one-off characters of Big Finish Torchwood that I would love more of.
I had been a bit sceptical at first if I would like it, since I had heard how the story is told from the outside perspective. How insightful could that be? Well – A LOT! The owner of the coffee shop and his employee were excellent cast and over the course of the story they really grew on me. I really liked how their ‘relationship’ with Ianto developed from when he arrived first in Cardiff until the end. Highly recommended! It’s fun, it’s sad and it crushes your heart.