Broken is the penultimate episode of the second Big Finish Torchwood season.
Featuring Ianto and Jack.
Written by Joseph Lidster and released in July 2016.
This is set during season 1 with it coming just after episode 4 Cyberwoman, during the course of episode 5 Small Worlds (with Jack getting a call from Estelle), episode 6 Countrycide and the last setting in relation to the TV series is sometime after episode 7 Greeks Bearing Gifts as Jack had recently killed Mary.
With Greeks Bearing Gifts being episode 7, Lidster explained that he wrote Broken as if it were episode 7A.
As this episode only feature Ianto and Jack as the main Torchwood characters, the others are mentioned but conveniently they just happened to be absent in the episode’s proceedings.
Much of Broken deals with the aftermath of Cyberwoman, as Ianto had just lost Lisa.
Broken also presents Ianto’s experiences in Countrycide had on him.
This comes as Ianto enters a new pub and befriends barmaid Mandy.
I sensed rightly there was something more to Mandy than she initially appeared.
In a climax to this Ianto’s promise of revenge over Lisa came into play, a promise that was not addressed and forgotten about in the TV series.
Ianto got to experienced something that he did not experience in the TV series and that same experience for Jack is akin to what he went through in the changed world in Turn Left.
In detailing Ianto’s feelings particularly about the loss of Lisa in Cyberwoman, Broken fits in perfectly like an episode of season 1 from whence it is set.
The cover has Ianto and Jack in an embrace and made me think that this is a love story between the two.
However while this particular subject is touched upon, this was mainly about
Ianto and what being part of Torchwood has done to him.
Broken is the feeling inside of one’s self being in that state.
This made me think of the movie The Party’s Just Beginning as it ran more or less on similar lines which made me appreciate Broken.
I think about The Party’s Just Beginning all the time since it is from my wife Karen Gillan.