Dame Siân Phillips joins Big Finish for Torchwood: The Hope

Bene Gesserit, Witch of Endor – now, Dame Siân Phillips comes to Doctor Who audio spinoff in Torchwood: The Hope

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television

Siân Phillips is no stranger to covert organizations. And Torchwood, Doctor Who’s sexier spinoff, has never shied away from disturbing topics or big-name guest stars. That hasn’t changed since it’s left the TV airwaves for a new life as Big Finish audio dramas.

A new episode available today, Torchwood: The Hope, brings the legendary actress — and sci-fi icon — Dame Siân Phillips into the Who-niverse fold.

Known as the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam in 1984’s Dune and as the Force witch Charal in the following year’s Star Wars TV spinoff Ewoks: The Battle for Endor — as well as Adrian, the mysterious founder of Section One in the late-’90s La Femme Nikita TV series — the actress now comes to Torchwood after also working with Big Finish in the Ravenous and Jenny: The Doctor’s Daughter series.

Dame Siân Phillips joins Big Finish for Torchwood: The Hope
Torchwood: The Hope

Torchwood: The Hope reunites the TV series’ Owen Harper (Burn Gorman) and PC Andy Davidson (Tom Price) for an emotional adventure:

Megwyn Jones is one of the most hated women in Britain. She used to run a home for troubled children in an isolated part of Snowdonia called The Hope. For a long time there were rumors about what was happening there, and then one day it was realized that the children had gone missing.

Ever since, Megwyn’s kept her peace. Is she innocent? Is she guilty? Where are the bodies?

The years have been long and hard on Megwyn and on the families of the children. But now Megwyn’s dying, and she’s agreed to go back to The Hope, to reveal the horrible secret she’s kept all these years.

Siân Phillips
Dame Siân Phillips, top row left, with Tom Price, top right right, and other Torchwood: The Hope cast members.

“Torchwood is such an unashamedly Welsh series, and Dame Siân Phillips is a national icon and acting powerhouse,” said director Scott Handcock. “It’s been a dream of mine for a long while to bring the two together and it was just a matter of waiting for the perfect role to come along… The Hope offered just that role.

“It’s a chilling script, and Siân’s performance as Megwyn Jones is perfectly judged. Everything in this story happens because of her, and she’s a fantastic foil for the rest of our cast as a result, with everyone bringing their A-game.”

Torchwood: The Hope is available now on CD or on download. All CD purchases unlock a download option via the Big Finish app or the Big Finish website.


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