Dinner and a Show


4.75 out of 5
(8 reviews)
Published on: June 12, 2020


It’s February 14th and Owen is a no-show for Toshiko’s not-Valentine’s-Valentine’s Night at the opera.

Worse, when Ianto turns up he has bad news for Toshiko, for Cardiff and for fans of classical music – the opera is full of aliens. The doors are bolted, there’s no way out, and this could be the final curtain…

Additional information


Gareth David-Lloyd


Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato

Content warnings



Scott Handcock

Episode timeline





Big Finish – Monthly range


No major relationship

Series timeline

Between series 1 and 2


Audio drama

Related fanworks



8 reviews for Dinner and a Show

  1. Estelle

    I really enjoyed this adventure! It is a fun, sometimes gruesome (well played sound design team!), adventure.
    But, above all, it is filled with several wonderful character moments.
    So, what’s not to love? I mean, as usual, the confusing timeline but *sighs* that’s Torchwood continuity for you!

    Ianto and Tosh really shine in this episode and their actors deliver great performances. You can feel their ease with and love for these beloved characters.
    As a pairing, they work really well together. Their talks about music, cheap wine, etc make them feel very…well…human. They therefore make their more serious heart to hearts all the more believable and relatable – but still heartbreaking at times.
    Their last conversation on the roof is at the same time delightful, sad and hopeful. Gah! I love them both so much!

    I also really liked that we got to see (part of) the team during that time without Jack. In a way, they’re going through something similar to the stages of grief, making the characters even more sympathetic.

  2. Syl Verne

    Oh damn, this one’s….. well. The plot is a bit thin in hindsight, but a nice enough mystery to go through whilest in the thick of it – but the character moments?? GDL didn’t have to go this hard and Y E T —-!!

  3. Alicia Jasmine

    This is one of my absolute favourites! The dynamic between Ianto and Tosh! Her being drunk and upset about Owen. Ianto being upset about Jack leaving and trying to reassure Tosh about Owen. The back and forth between them! The two of them trying to empathise with one another.

    Also, I love the sound in this. The opera music gave me chills, and the opening Big Finish version of the Torchwood theme is excellent as always.

    I hope Gareth David-Lloyd writes more content for Big Finish!

  4. Louise

    GDL, sir, you give us the best Ianto & teammate friendships. Thank you so much. And Tosh is a cute drunk! And also badass.
    (Gwen and Ianto next, please, GDL?)

  5. Nik

    Very, very fun for a Tosh and Ianto adventure, something I didn’t entirely know I needed. Now I just need GDL to write a Jack and Ianto and Ianto and Gwen story. Please. Your grasp of Ianto’s character is immaculate, but I guess it’s excited, considering you played him. Anyways, a night of at the opera goes awry, and you will probably find yourself a bit disappointed at Owen for a while because of this audio, but he more than makes up for it at the end. Plus, you get some excellent nuggets of Tosh and Ianto being dorky and Tosh being played adorably drunk by Naoko.

  6. Dina

    Tosh! And Ianto!
    I’m sad to say that this wasn’t an instant preorder for me (I kind of took a break from listening), but it should have been. Nothing in this disappointed. It was a fun romp, a nice look at Tosh and Ianto kicking butt in the field on their own. At the opera.
    Drunk Tosh is adorable, the aliens are suitably gruesome without being over-the-top, and there’s a fun balance between funny bits and action. I really enjoyed the pacing of this one.
    ABSOLUTELY get this!!!

  7. Pandora

    tosh and ianto being besties…. i would love more stories of these two together in the future tbh

  8. Xandra73

    I absolutely adore this story! Gareth David-Lloyd really knows his character best. But also his team mates! This story was a bit on the lighter side and it’s greatest strength are the conversations between Ianto and Tosh on their night out at the Opera. It has everything – you learn more about the characters. It’s such a joy from beginning to end. Highly recommended. And it always makes me happy that Ianto shares my tastes in music.

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