Jump to content


Photo

Torchwood


  • Please log in to reply
48 replies to this topic

#1 Tony Watkins

Tony Watkins

    Simpleton

  • Member
  • 782 posts

Posted 06 October 2006 - 05:29 AM

The BBC have finally confirmed that Torchwood is starting in the UK in the week beginning 21 October, though they have not yet indicated what day and time broadcasts will be.

Torchwood is a spin-off from Doctor Who, the longest-running TV science fiction series in the world. While DW is very much family viewing, Torchwood will be post-watershed for adults. Here's the BBC's press info:
QUOTE
John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Indira Varma, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori and Gareth David-Lloyd star in this action-packed, adrenalin-fuelled new series for BBC Three.

Created by award-winning writer Russell T Davies, the high-octane sci-fi thriller follows a team of modern-day investigators as they use alien technology to solve crime both alien and human.

Separate from the Government, outside police jurisdiction and beyond the United Nations, the Torchwood Institute sets its own rules. Based in Cardiff, the Torchwood team delves into the unknown, battling against the impossible in a highly volatile underworld of savage aliens and monsters whilst trying to maintain their everyday lives.

Enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness is the ever-watchful leader of the Torchwood team. Gwen Cooper is initially an outsider, whose first, chance meeting with Torchwood at the scene of a brutal murder sparks within her a burning curiosity to get to the truth. She is intrigued by Torchwood and her life changes when she is catapulted into an unfamiliar and exciting world.

Second in command to Captain Jack is Suzie Costello, the hard-working hardware specialist who catalogues and strives to understand the alien devices the team comes across. Owen Harper is the arrogant, brilliant medic and Toshiko Sato specialises in all things computer, surveillance and technical. Ianto Jones, meanwhile, cleans up after the team and gets them everywhere on time.

Torchwood is written by Russell T Davies and Chris Chibnall, with contributing writers including Peter J Hammond, Toby Whithouse, Noel Clarke, Cath Tregenna, Jacquetta May and Helen Raynor.

The executive producers are Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner. Torchwood is filmed in HD (high definition).

Captain Jack Harkness is played by John Barrowman, Suzie Costello by Indira Varma, Gwen Cooper by Eve Myles, Owen Harper by Burn Gorman, Toshiko Sato by Naoko Mori and Ianto Jones by Gareth David-Lloyd.


#2 Tony Watkins

Tony Watkins

    Simpleton

  • Member
  • 782 posts

Posted 24 October 2006 - 03:29 AM

Torchwood was billed as a Doctor Who spin-off which was for adults - and it is. The first episode includes some strong sexual content.

It was a very disappointing start to a series that promises so much - Doctor Who meets X-Files. The acting was not great - apart from John Barrowman - and the storyline was so-so. Russell T. Davies said the series would be sexy, and it seemed to me like this first episode was just an excuse to show just how far they were going to move from the world of Doctor Who.

I still think it has a lot of potential. Barrowman has proved his worth in Doctor Who, as has Eve Myles (plays Gwen) who was Gwynneth in 'The Unquiet Dead'. Hopefully the others will settle in to their roles and the writing will be better once the point has been made about the level of the content.

The photography was mostly excellent and the sets were of the standard we've become used to with new Who. It was a celebration of Cardiff (perhaps even a way of saying thank you to Cardiff for having masqueraded as London and other places in Doctor Who; with the Doctor Who exhibition there, it will certainly add to the DW-related tourism).

#3 Tony Watkins

Tony Watkins

    Simpleton

  • Member
  • 782 posts

Posted 31 October 2006 - 03:44 AM

I'm very relieved that episode 3 of the series is a huge improvement (I missed ep. 2 - I didn't notice that the series was starting with a double bill sad.gif).

This had all the hallmarks of the high production values of the revived Doctor Who series - good writing, strong performances and plenty of tension.


#4 Tony Watkins

Tony Watkins

    Simpleton

  • Member
  • 782 posts

Posted 05 November 2006 - 03:39 PM

Harumph! Turns out that what I thought was a poor episode 1 was really episode 2 - it was the first half of the double bill I missed. It must have started an hour earlier than I expected.

#5 John Drew

John Drew

    A vast sponge of movie minutiae... - Jason Bortz

  • Member
  • 3,537 posts

Posted 19 February 2010 - 11:16 AM

Did anyone watch the five-part Torchwood: Children of Earth? I recorded it when it aired last summer, and my wife and I ended up watching the entire mini-series in one sitting (neither of us had seen a single episode of the series). I went ahead and Netflixed the first season, but it comes nowhere near the mini-series. Maybe subsequent seasons get better, but season one was a real let down in regards to fresh stories and writing.

#6 Clint M

Clint M

    Drowning in Reinvention

  • Member
  • 1,733 posts

Posted 13 April 2010 - 11:39 PM

Did anyone watch the five-part Torchwood: Children of Earth? I recorded it when it aired last summer, and my wife and I ended up watching the entire mini-series in one sitting (neither of us had seen a single episode of the series). I went ahead and Netflixed the first season, but it comes nowhere near the mini-series. Maybe subsequent seasons get better, but season one was a real let down in regards to fresh stories and writing.


Surprisingly, the second season improves from the first. And honestly, I felt it was an improvement because it focused more on the story and the characters. That first season... it just felt like "we can shock people, so we'll shock people" with the stories.

Also, Davies has been talking to the Fox network about bringing "Torchwood" to the US, with Captain Jack in tow. Barrowman said he'd consider it as long as Jack's "omni-sexuality" is included.

#7 opus

opus

    Supernatural Blood Sprinkling Victory Package

  • Administrator
  • 4,030 posts

Posted 14 April 2010 - 12:58 AM

Did anyone watch the five-part Torchwood: Children of Earth? I recorded it when it aired last summer, and my wife and I ended up watching the entire mini-series in one sitting (neither of us had seen a single episode of the series). I went ahead and Netflixed the first season, but it comes nowhere near the mini-series. Maybe subsequent seasons get better, but season one was a real let down in regards to fresh stories and writing.

I've only seen the first episode so far via Netflix Streaming, but I liked it. Also, I've liked Barrowman in every Doctor Who episode I've seen him in to date.

#8 John Drew

John Drew

    A vast sponge of movie minutiae... - Jason Bortz

  • Member
  • 3,537 posts

Posted 14 April 2010 - 01:39 AM

Also, Davies has been talking to the Fox network about bringing "Torchwood" to the US, with Captain Jack in tow. Barrowman said he'd consider it as long as Jack's "omni-sexuality" is included.


Hmmmm... didn't Fox and director McG try to do this with SPACED? Not sure if this is good news or not.

#9 opus

opus

    Supernatural Blood Sprinkling Victory Package

  • Administrator
  • 4,030 posts

Posted 14 April 2010 - 09:29 AM


Also, Davies has been talking to the Fox network about bringing "Torchwood" to the US, with Captain Jack in tow. Barrowman said he'd consider it as long as Jack's "omni-sexuality" is included.

Hmmmm... didn't Fox and director McG try to do this with SPACED? Not sure if this is good news or not.

It's not quite the same. McG tried to recreate Spaced without any involvement from its creators (Edgar Wright et al.). However, if Davies is in talks to remake Torchwood in the States, then presumably the American version would be closer to the British version (a la the American version of The Office).

#10 Greg Wolfe

Greg Wolfe

    Concedo Nulli

  • Administrator
  • 342 posts

Posted 14 April 2010 - 04:54 PM

I made it through the two-part opener and about ten minutes of the second episode (meteor crashes in Cardiff, Wales and smoke comes out and possesses woman who suddenly wants lots of sex). The drama/comedy and production values seemed lame. Maybe I should try that mini-series or skip directly to Season 2?

#11 Clint M

Clint M

    Drowning in Reinvention

  • Member
  • 1,733 posts

Posted 14 April 2010 - 07:31 PM

I made it through the two-part opener and about ten minutes of the second episode (meteor crashes in Cardiff, Wales and smoke comes out and possesses woman who suddenly wants lots of sex). The drama/comedy and production values seemed lame. Maybe I should try that mini-series or skip directly to Season 2?

Series 2 is a vast improvement from series 1, IMO. There's some stuff in series 2 that affects certain characters in the mini-series.

There's also a crossover character from Doctor Who that appears in 3 episodes (assuming you are a Who fan), and James Marsters shows up, if you like him as an actor.

Edited by Clint M, 14 April 2010 - 07:37 PM.


#12 John Drew

John Drew

    A vast sponge of movie minutiae... - Jason Bortz

  • Member
  • 3,537 posts

Posted 22 April 2010 - 10:21 AM

Also, Davies has been talking to the Fox network about bringing "Torchwood" to the US, with Captain Jack in tow. Barrowman said he'd consider it as long as Jack's "omni-sexuality" is included.


Fox’s US version of Torchwood is dead

BBC Worldwide has now released a statement confirming that the Fox version of the show is dead in the water before it's even begun. The statement reads: "BBC Worldwide Productions and the FOX Broadcasting Company have mutually agreed not to progress together with a 13-episode serialized 'Torchwood' format. We are currently in discussion with several interested networks."



#13 NBooth

NBooth

    Magpie of Ideas

  • Member
  • 2,724 posts

Posted 09 January 2011 - 12:23 PM

After initially liking-not-loving Torchwood, I lost interest somewhere in season 1. I've kept Children of Earth in my queue, but haven't had a compelling reason to watch it. But with a new series finally coming out, I may need to give CoE a look.

Torchwood: Miracle Day

One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging – they get hurt and sick – but they never die.

The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four months’ time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.


...of course, it won't "change what it means to be human" too much, since they're still trying to keep within broad Doctor Who continuity (whatever that means for a series where the main character is a time-traveling alien), but it's an interesting premise. And with Captain Jack's own experiences with the whole never-dying thing, it could get into some interesting territory.

Time will tell, though.

(FWIW, since the deal fell through with Fox, this has become a BBC-Starz coproduction. Here's the cast, which is almost entirely made up of new--but somehow familiar--characters.)

Edited by NBooth, 09 January 2011 - 12:24 PM.


#14 NBooth

NBooth

    Magpie of Ideas

  • Member
  • 2,724 posts

Posted 05 March 2011 - 01:20 AM

I found this talk with two (American) writers for Torchwood: Miracle Day fascinating. They go into the nuts-and-bolts of how scripts are developed and some differences between the British and American ways of constructing a season. Really interesting stuff--at least, to an outsider like me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXOo_xa93u4&feature=player_embedded

Edited by NBooth, 05 March 2011 - 01:21 AM.


#15 BethR

BethR

    Getting medieval on media

  • Member
  • 2,849 posts

Posted 05 March 2011 - 08:31 AM

Children of Earth, for me, was a great disappointment. With the exception of a few individual episodes, I've found Torchwood as a whole (yes, I watched both seasons) to have a much more grim and despairing worldview. If the Doctor's hope is for a day in which "everybody lives," Torchwood's expectation is that "everybody dies." Except Captain Jack, who doesn't know why. Sad, but them's the breaks. I can see the denouement of "Miracle Day" coming from miles away--death is what makes us appreciate living. Thanks for the lesson in humanism.

#16 NBooth

NBooth

    Magpie of Ideas

  • Member
  • 2,724 posts

Posted 08 June 2011 - 02:54 AM

Children of Earth, for me, was a great disappointment. With the exception of a few individual episodes, I've found Torchwood as a whole (yes, I watched both seasons) to have a much more grim and despairing worldview. If the Doctor's hope is for a day in which "everybody lives," Torchwood's expectation is that "everybody dies." Except Captain Jack, who doesn't know why. Sad, but them's the breaks. I can see the denouement of "Miracle Day" coming from miles away--death is what makes us appreciate living. Thanks for the lesson in humanism.


I actually got around to watching Children of Earth today and was pretty impressed--particularly with the last couple of episodes, in which things went way-way dark. There was a certain ring of truth to the bickering among the government representatives, and their final decision regarding who should go was merciless (and set up a nice contrast to Jack's actions right at the end). Then I went back and finished season one and...yeah. Not so much, on that front. Torchwood seems to work better as a miniseries.

Meanwhile, on the Miracle Day front, here's an interview with Davies regarding what to expect [includes what might be considered a MAJOR SPOILER]:

Spoiler


How that might play into whatever "conclusion" the series reaches is, of course, more than anyone can say at this point.

#17 NBooth

NBooth

    Magpie of Ideas

  • Member
  • 2,724 posts

Posted 21 June 2011 - 01:38 PM

Doctor Who News has a (very brief and spoiler-free) review of the first episode and a summary of the panel discussion from the recent BFI screening.

io9 also has a review--of the first three episodes:

Davies and his co-writers take this seriously as a science fiction premise, and slowly explore all the angles, both the potential causes and the consequences. They've clearly given this a lot of thought, and the result is a thought-provoking, ambitious work of science fiction in which one change has a million ripples. Among other things, the lack of death means that deformed babies no longer spontaneously abort, and human bodies become germ factories, creating an endless supply of lethal pathogens without death to put a stop to the process.

The whole thing quickly becomes a fascinating meditation on the nature of death, but also our imperfect health care system. And the very real problem of overpopulation, with all of its Malthusian implications.


And later:

The first few episodes aren't perfect, by any means. The pace lags a bit from time to time, and there are a few attempts at trans-Atlantic humor that don't entirely work. Like a long scene where Gwen learns that we say "ATM" instead of "Cashpoint." Speaking of which, if you've ever found Gwen Cooper annoying in the past, you'll definitely find her annoying in these episodes — although she also gets some absolutely brilliant moments.

But all in all, this is Torchwood achieving its full potential. With a huge budget thanks to the new co-producing partners at Starz, the show is able to tell a widescreen story full of crazy action as well as Earth-encompassing consequences. And Russell T. Davies and his collaborators seize this chance with both hands and run with it. The result is a series that lives up to Children of Earth's heady legacy — and one that we'll all be talking about long after the summer is over.


Edited by NBooth, 21 June 2011 - 03:36 PM.


#18 NBooth

NBooth

    Magpie of Ideas

  • Member
  • 2,724 posts

Posted 08 July 2011 - 08:33 AM

PopMatters has a review.

Torchwood: Miracle Day tries to have it both ways: to be a shiny new series on Starz and a continuation of the previous three seasons. It’s as if Torchwood has packed some nonessential items for the transatlantic flight, but left its original quirkiness at home.


EDIT: Here's Io9 (with some spoilers):

All in all, this was a fantastic first episode and a great reintroduction to Torchwood. The speed with which Davies unspools his idea and all of its ramifications - not just the fact that nobody dies, but also what it means for the human race - shows that he's got a lot of ground to cover and a lot of ambitious ideas to unravel, coming out of this one big idea. And suddenly, Torchwood is the most idea-driven show on television. Who'd have thought it?


Edited by NBooth, 08 July 2011 - 10:18 PM.


#19 NBooth

NBooth

    Magpie of Ideas

  • Member
  • 2,724 posts

Posted 09 July 2011 - 08:35 AM

Episode One is now streaming from the Starz website (requires a "Widevine" plugin).

I've got to say, the pacing here is definitely a little off; we go from "Oh, wow, this dude didn't die" to "Oh, wow, no one is dying!" to "And that's a bad thing" in what seems like literally a matter of a minute or two. I wish the episode had given the characters time to take stock of what was happening and develop responses, rather than leap right to the action. And speaking of action--where Children of Earth started on a relatively low-key and creepy note, Miracle Day jumps right to the explosions and gunfights--and that, again, doesn't give the episode much time to ease in to its story.

Still, this was a pretty solid episode; Gwen Cooper is easily the best thing in it, and I liked the scenes with her defending her family. Jack doesn't get much screentime, but John Barrowman makes good with what he's got. And there's one scene (shortly after one of the explosions I mentioned) that is effectively creepy if not downright horrifying.

I did find myself wondering, though--if no one can die, then what happens if they're hit with some sort of disintegration ray? Surely Old Torchwood had a couple of those on hand; they could be useful under the circumstances. But that's just idle speculation.

#20 Tyler

Tyler

    I right the outlaw wrongs on Mars.

  • Member
  • 6,067 posts

Posted 11 July 2011 - 10:00 AM

I just watched the first episode. I didn't feel lost, really, but I wonder how much I missed--I haven't watched Torchwood at all before, and only a couple Dr. Who episodes (I understand the two series are connected, but I don't know how). Do I need to catch up on them?

Also, has Mekhi Phifer always looked like Tracy Morgan?