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BBC Three Ignites "Torchwood"

BBC Three has announced that it will make Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood the "centerpiece" of its fall schedule, launching the "sci fi crime thriller" series in October. No plans are currently in place to import the series Stateside, though our neighbors to the north will be able to catch Torchwood on CBC.

Spinning off of one of Doctor Who's most memorable characters, Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Torchwood will be set in present day Cardiff (that's Wales to you lot) and will surround a group of covert criminal investigators called the Torchwood Institute, an organization commissioned by Queen Victoria and tasked with investigating alien technology. The team will be headquartered at The Hub, located beneath Cardiff Bay, the site of the TARDIS' landing in "Boom Town" and the location of the rift discussed in "The Unquiet Dead."

Created by current Doctor Who writer/producer Russell T. Davies, Torchwood stars John Barrowman as bisexual time traveller/con man Jack Harkness and Eve Myles as former police officer Gwen Cooper. Astute Doctor Who fans may remember Myles from the Who episode "The Unquiet Dead," where she played the role of the similarly named Gwyneth. (Whether Gwen and Gwyneth are the same character has yet to be confirmed, but the fact that Myles' previous Who episode dealt with the rift adds credence to that theory.)

Joining Barrowman and Myles are Bleak House's Burn Gorman, who will play Torchwood Institute medic Owen Harper, and Absolutely Fabulous' Naoko Mori, who will reprise the role of Toshiko Sato from the Doctor Who episode "Aliens of London."

Doctor Who writer/producer Russell T. Davies has written the first of thirteen episodes. He'll be joined on the series by writers Chris Chibnall, co-creator of Life on Mars, and P.J. Hammond, creator of 1980s cult classic Sapphire & Steel (which starred Mori's Absolutely Fabulous castmate Joanna Lumley), among others.

Torchwood is, of course, a clever anagram of Doctor Who and was originally used as a codename for the current incarnation of Doctor Who, before taking on a life of its own during the series.

I can only hope that we here in the States will eventually be lucky enough to watch Torchwood, though I'm still waiting for an official announcement about when Sci-Fi will air the second (sadly, Eccleston-free) season of Doctor Who.

What's On Tonight

8 pm: Rock Star: Supernova (CBS); America's Got Talent (NBC; 8-10 pm); Blue Collar TV/Blue Collar TV (WB); The One: Making a Music Star (ABC); So You Think You Can Dance (FOX); America's Next Top Model (UPN)

9 pm: Criminal Minds (CBS); One Tree Hill (WB); Lost (ABC); So You Think You Can Dance (FOX); Eve/Half and Half (UPN)

10 pm: CSI: New York (CBS); Law & Order (NBC); Primetime (ABC)

What I'll Be Watching

10 pm: Project Runway on Bravo.

Is it just me or is anyone else still upset that aristocratic vampire Malan was auf wiedersehen'd last week? It just didn't seem fair, though that dress did look like a withered old log. Tune in tonight for another new episode of my new reality fix.


Anonymous said…
"Torchwood" sounds so cool! I really, really hope that we will get to see it (and the second season of "Dr. Who") here in the states. Fingers crossed!

Oh, and I was also sad that Malan was booted off of "Project Runway." He was odd but at least he had some sort of vision. Even if it was of tree-inspired frocks.
Anonymous said…
It's bizarre - I couldn't STAND Malan. Yet, by the time he left last week I was so sad. His mom THREW HIS DRAWINGS ON THE FLOOR!!!!

He shouldn't have gone. Whats-her-name, who is about as useful as Andrea from Top Chef should have gone. Or, better yet, that older guy, who I really can't stand.
Jace Lacob said…
OMG, Whatshername (i.e. Angela) totally should have gone home. Loved your analogy; she is beyond a doubt the "Andrea" of Project Runway.

And poor Malan. I couldn't believe his mother would stomp on his dreams like that. I felt awful that after all of that he was booted off Runway in the second episode...
Tidmore said…
I can't wait for Torchwood. But as I'm sure you know there are ways to see the show (and the 2nd Season of Doctor Who) before it airs here (if it ever does) In fact Davies in an American interview told American fans to d/l the episodes and if the producer says it's okay, then I think it must be okay!
Also don't worry about the second series being Eccelston free, because David Tennant quickly comes into his own and (In my humble opinion) is far superior than Eccelston (And I loved Eccelston.
Jace Lacob said…
Hey Tidmore,

When it comes to television, I am definitely a purist and can't quite succumb to watching series on my computer. It's just not the same to me. Though given the lag between seasons of Doctor Who, it is making it all the more tempting.

While I love Eccleston, I'm also a huge David Tennant fan (see "Viva Blackpool") and am really looking forward to his take on the Doctor... and you're not the first to tell me that he's actually *better* than his predecessor.
Tidmore said…
I totally understand the purist, but when a show is as good as "The Doctor" I don't like to wait, mainly because somehow, someone will, inadvertently ruin it for me. Of course when you have a DVD player that plays DIVX files you can burn the show onto a DVD and watch it on your tv.
It's amazing how many great British shows are out there, that watching Doctor Who has introduced me to, Life on Mars, Hustle, Jonathan Creek, The Office (British verions, I've loved the American one for awhile), Ed v. Spencer, Hex. I love them all.
BTW just found your site a few days ago and love it!

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