Empire of Shadows


3.00 out of 5
(2 reviews)
Published on: August 24, 2021


In the far future of the Earth Empire, Torchwood is forgotten. So it’s a surprise when Zachary Cross Flane of the Torchwood Archive finds himself summoned to the opening of the late Empress’s Library.

Her son believes that the conspiracy which deposed his mother is still active and that the key to it is hidden somewhere in the library. But does Zachary want to find it?

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James Goss


Zachary Cross Flane

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Scott Handcock

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Big Finish – Monthly range


No major relationship

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In the future


Audio drama

2 reviews for Empire of Shadows

  1. Estelle

    I enjoyed listening to this story. It definitely feels more Doctor Who-y/The Lives of Captain Jack-y than Torchwood-y but it’s a good story.

    The acting is great, Shaun Parkes especially does an amazing job. However, I wish there had been more character development for him to play with.
    It’s strange because this story is more than an hour long but there are a lot of things I wish there had been more of. So either the script was over-ambitious or I’m too needy. 😀

    On top of character development, I wish they had given us more Torchwood lore and that a few of the themes that are hinted at throughout the story had been explored more. The sentience of droids is an example but it gets a nice moment at the end. The most obvious example is a kind of “the end justifies the means” situation applied to a specific topic. Interesting, mentioned but not really explored.

    So basically, I like the plot, the characters and the acting. I just wish they could have done more with the opportunities they had. But I also realise they didn’t have the time. 🙂

  2. Paycheckgurl

    This one is hard to review. On the one hand, I liked it! It’s solid story that was engaging enough for me to pay attention to with some interesting world building. The premise had me weary at first, because it is a pretty big departure from what I expect from a Torchwood audio, but I came away happy from it.

    On the other, it still doesn’t really belong in the Torchwood range. It feels more like a Lives of Captain Jack story (minus Jack). The second half does get more Torchwood-y than the first, with some quick fan services references that manage to pack a punch, but it takes a while to get there. Torchwood is mostly one big background detail rather than being at the forefront. Something that is a little bit annoying when this was wedged between a pretty big stretch of releases without the OG team.

    I’m not sure I would have bought this one on its own if it wasn’t part of a bundle. But I am glad I listened to it! I enjoyed it! It’s just a strange entry for Torchwood.

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