Sunday, March 9, 2008

Torchwood - Are You Missing The Best Series On TV?

Okay, I have remained silent on this one long enough. If you haven't been tuning in to Torchwood on BBC America on Saturday nights, you have been missing the best sci fi series on television. Ah, I already know what your going to say. Many of you are going to say that Heroes is the best show, others will chime in with Battlestar Galactica, others may want to nominate one of the dozens of other fantasy related programs that is presently being aired on one of the hundreds of television channels out there today. I understand. All those shows are very good, without a doubt, but believe me, Torchwood has them all beat hands down. Now, I know that all of you naysayers out there, will be quick to point out the fact that this is a show made outside the good ol' USA, the show is filmed in the UK to be precise, and that generally British Sci Fi only appeals to those who have memorized every single Monty Python sketch. This is where you are wrong. In fact, I will put Torchwood, or Doctor Who for that matter, up against any contender you can throw out. I know that is a bold statement, but if you haven't been watching either of those shows, then you have missed the boat big time.

Torchwood is a very mature, smart, and sexy sci fi series for adult fans. Think of it as a combination, X-Files, Doctor Who, Millennium, and Nip Tuck hybrid. The Characters are compelling, the story lines are well thought out, and sometimes it can scare the crap out of you. Torchwood delivers in all categories. Once you begin to watch, I guarantee you will be hooked.


Torchwood, is an award-winning drama created by Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies, which in it's second season, is an even bigger and bolder series with Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and his team, facing new alien threats and personal hardships.

Captain Jack, Gwen (Eve Myles), Owen (Burn Gorman), Toshiko (Naoko Mori) and Ianto (Gareth David-Lloyd) – the team of investigators solving alien and human crimes in the underworld of modern-day Cardiff – face high-octane adventures which push their resolve and friendships as never before.

Joined by Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who's Martha Jones) for three episodes and with guest stars Richard Briers (Monarch Of The Glen), Alan Dale (Ugly Betty, Neighbours) and James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), they journey from contemporary Cardiff to the 51st-Century, and back to the First World War.

On their travels, Torchwood battle fearsome new aliens; a rogue Time Agent; a tragic Time-Slip from the Great War; and a memory thief who uncovers long-forgotten secrets among the entire team.

Here is an overview of the second season of Torchwood, courtesy of the BBC (via press release):

Torchwood, the award-winning drama created by Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies, bursts back on our screens in 2008, this time premiering on BBC Two.

And this time it's bigger and bolder with more fun, adventure and excitement for the alien-fighting team...

Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Gwen (Eve Myles), Owen (Burn Gorman), Toshiko (Naoko Mori) and Ianto (Gareth David-Lloyd) return as the investigators delving into the alien underworld of modern day Cardiff.

In response to audience demand, younger fans will now have the opportunity of watching a specially edited pre-watershed repeat.

Roly Keating, Controller BBC Two, says: "We're delighted that Torchwood is joining BBC Two.

"We know from the success and popularity of Heroes that there's a growing appetite for smart, high-quality, sci-fi drama on the channel so Torchwood is a perfect fit.

"I'm also pleased to announce that, due to popular demand from families and younger viewers, we will be showing a special pre-watershed repeat so everyone can enjoy the new series."

Making a special guest appearance in the first episode is James Marsters as Captain John. He starred as Spike, the punk-goth vampire in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel.

Captain John and Captain Jack go way back and have "history".

When he appears through the Rift under Cardiff looking for Captain Jack not only does he disrupt Captain Jack's homecoming but the whole team, city and world are suddenly placed in danger.

The new series promises an exhilarating mixture of adventure, heartbreak, humour and surprise and pushes the team's resolve and friendships as never before.

Firmly rooted in urban life of 21st century Cardiff, Torchwood's investigations into alien activity give the team glimpses of the 51st Century and the First World War.

They encounter alien sleeper cells; save a stranded creature from human exploitation; meet a tragic soldier from the First World War; and encounter a memory thief who exposes long-forgotten secrets among the entire team.

During the run Alan Dale (Ugly Betty, The O.C, Lost and The West Wing) makes a star appearance.

Another familiar face among the special guest stars is Doctor Who's companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) who appears half way through the series.

Richard Briers, Nerys Hughes and Ruth Jones (Gavin And Stacey) also appear in various roles.

Russell T Davies says: "This series pushes the Torchwood team further than ever before. They are joined by some incredible guest stars who are really going to cause waves. It's adventurous, thrilling and packed full of surprises."

Torchwood, which was shot in HD and will also be shown on the BBC HD channel, is filmed in and around Cardiff by BBC Wales.

BBC Wales Controller Menna Richards says: "The first series of Torchwood was a huge hit with audiences. We're extremely proud that it's produced in Wales.

"And its success is a reflection of the huge wealth of talent and creativity that exists here.

"We're delighted that it's returning to our screens for another series full of action, humour and excitement."

The 13-part series is written by Chris Chibnall, Phil Ford, Peter J Hammond, Matt Jones, Joseph Lidster, James Moran, Helen Raynor, Catherine Tregenna and JC Wilsher.

Created by Davies, with Chris Chibnall as co-producer and lead writer, the first series which aired on BBC Three last year achieved the channel's highest ratings in 2006, with an audience of 2.5 million for the first episode, and peaking at 2.8 million.

There will be a new exciting online reality game and exclusive behind the scenes footage on bbc.co.uk/torchwood.

Torchwood is executive produced by Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner, Head of Drama, BBC Wales. The producer is Richard Stokes.
Here is a list of upcoming episodes:

Torchwood – A Day In The Death

A victim of his new-found circumstances, Owen Harper believes he needs absolution, as Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies's award-winning drama continues. Will the lonely girl on the rooftop help him, or will it be a mission to retrieve an alien device that is proving more lethal by the second? And how far will Toshiko go to help him?

Torchwood – Something Borrowed

The night before her wedding, Gwen is juggling work with her hen night, but an encounter with an alien shape shifter leaves her carrying more than she bargained for, as Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies's award-winning drama continues. As everyone gathers for the ceremony, Jack must destroy her big day, unless one of the three mothers present finds a means to stop him.

Torchwood – From Out Of The Rain

When an old cinema re-opens, past horrors emerge to stalk the streets of Cardiff, as Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies's award-winning drama continues. As bodies are found, in a state between life and death, Torchwood must act fast. Who are the Night Travellers? And how can Torchwood capture these mysterious killers?

Torchwood – Fragments

A booby-trapped building explodes and knocks the team unconscious, as Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies's award-winning drama continues. As each team member's life flashes before their eyes, viewers learn how each of them was recruited to Torchwood: Captain Jack was initiated into a shocked Victorian Torchwood in 1899; Toshiko went on a daring mission to trade alien technology for her mother's life; Ianto wooed Jack with coffee and a flair for alien-catching; and Owen had a medical revelation that changed how he saw the world.

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