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MJ 10-18-2005 02:21 AM

Doctor Who spinoff 'Torchwood' starts next year

In a stunning announcement on Monday (including a BBC press release), BBC Television announced a new television series spun off from "Doctor Who" to be aired next year on BBC Three. Torchwood, a thirteen-part drama/sci-fi hybrid, will be executive produced by Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner -- the executive producers of Doctor Who currently -- and will star John Barrowman, who reprises his role as Captain Jack Harkness from the first Doctor Who series earlier this year. Said to have an "organic link" to Doctor Who, Davies says that "Torchwood is a British sci-fi paranoid thriller, a cop show with a sense of humour. It's dark, wild and sexy, it's the X Files meets This Life. It's a stand-alone series for adult audiences which will have its own unique identity. I have just begun working on the scripts with a team of writers and cannot wait to see the results."
I know that many of us are Doctor Who fans (and those of us who aren't, should be) so what do you guys think of this? As much as I love the revival, I think that this might lead to oversaturation of Doctor Who...

davrosthedalek 10-18-2005 05:05 AM

Still have no idea what Dr. Who is or what is going on. Just thought I would mention this.

The Adventurer 10-18-2005 09:33 AM


Originally Posted by davrosthedalek
Still have no idea what Dr. Who is or what is going on. Just thought I would mention this.

But...but.... your name is Davros the DALEK!

davrosthedalek 10-18-2005 03:11 PM

I would like to take this time to point out that the origins of my name as far as I know are from Lost Cause Parts 9-10. This is where the dalek is gonna get exterminated isn't it?

MJ 10-18-2005 07:35 PM

You really SHOULD brush up on your origins, Davros :)

Huz 10-18-2005 10:13 PM


Originally Posted by The Adventurer
But...but.... your name is Davros the DALEK!

Hee, yeah, seriously Davros, what's up with that? Get down to your local DVD emperium and rent anything with "Dalek" in the title IMMEDIATELY! But not the movies with Peter Cushing in, they were terrible.

If Genesis of the Daleks ever makes it to DVD, you must buy several copies and covet them daily. It's the only story where Davros was actually menacing scary.

Anyway, I think Torchwood is great news! I had always hoped that the success of Doctor Who would spawn a resurgence of science fiction - particularly home-grown science fiction, something that hasn't really been 'in' since the mid-80s, apart from a few short (and generally bad) one-off serials - and it seems I'm not going to be disappointed!

More importantly MJ, it sounds from the description as though it will be pitched squarely at 'adults', in other words it is categorically not in direct competition with Doctor Who itself. I imagine it will be aimed at 'people like us' who have grown up with Doctor Who (or at least its legacy) and now want something a little more meaty, and as El Davies says, even 'sexy'. If the end result is something a little more mature than Star Trek Voyager, I don't see how it can be a bad thing!

I do understand where you're coming from with your concerns, MJ, but luckily I think they're misplaced!

I wrote this post earlier but Internet Exploder, er, exploded. I'm sure my points came across better the first time, but there you go. Fingers crossed this time!

Gabez 10-19-2005 07:45 PM

I was goin to agree with MJ, but then I got swayed by The Huzter's argument. Now I don't know what to think! I guess I'll just wait and see... the thing is, I love Captain Jack and Russel T Davies and spin-offs, so it should be great, as long as it's different enough from Doctor Who.

B00 01-30-2006 01:44 PM

Heh i know what Doctor Who is and it sounds interesting not that i've seen all of Dr. Who though...I sincerely doubt i'll ever get a chance to watch it though being in the U.S.

MJ 01-30-2006 02:48 PM

Don't be so sure, the new series is finally going to be shown in March on the sci-fi channel.

B00 01-30-2006 11:31 PM

Really? Then its a good thing i've got cable. :)

MJ 01-31-2006 06:12 AM

Yeah, March 17th, it starts. Fridays at 9pm. It's well worth watching :)

assclown Xtreme 01-31-2006 09:10 PM

MARCH 17TH??!?!?!??
March 17th? But that's my ULTRA-SUPER DRUNKEN day.

(Paddy's Day. I'll have to watch it through the hangover)

MJ 02-01-2006 03:56 AM

Starts March 17 in the US, Matt. Wrong country. It's already screened down here.

assclown Xtreme 02-01-2006 09:28 PM

Ah, okay. I wonder if it is any good sober. Sobriety generally isn't as fun.

B00 12-09-2006 03:46 AM

Ok i've seen most of Dr. Who up until the christmas episode that's supposed to come out this year. Torchwood seems to be coming along nicely too, although i'm still more fond of the new Dr. Who.....

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