Published on October 17th, 2005 | by Christian Cawley
Yesterday, the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site displayed the cryptic message: “A NEW WORD ORDER”.
The BBC has commissioned the Doctor Who scriptwriter Russell T Davies to make an adult post-watershed spin-off of its most famous sci-fi show.
The new programme will be called Torchwood (an anagram of Doctor Who) and will follow a crack team investigating alien activities and crime in modern-day Britain.
It will feature in its starring role John Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and who will play the same character in Torchwood.
The article goes on to talk about Davies’ Doctor Who work and the Jack Harkness character:
Captain Jack has been described as Doctor Who’s “first openly gay companion” and a “hunky bisexual”.
Davies told Doctor Who magazine earlier this year: “It wasn’t me sort of dying to get a bisexual character on screen. Yes, I’m a gay writer, but I was thinking: Jack’s from the 51st century so of course he’s going to go out with men and women. To get hung up on it is almost too sad for words, frankly.”
Finally, Torchwood itself is described thus:
Describing the idea behind the new show, the BBC controller said: “It’s a renegade bunch of investigators who investigate real-life, normal crimes. They also look into alien happenings. They have been charged by the British government to find alien technology that has fallen to Earth and they need to do it without the FBI and UN knowing.”
Doctor Who spin-offs in the past have had difficulty getting off the ground; the oft-mooted UNIT series has only recently made it and that is as a Big Finish audio series. K-9 & Company aside, this is the first televion spin-off from Doctor Who, and we wish it the best success.
According to DWAS group Serendipity, Doctor Who will begin broadcast on French network France 4 from November 5th.
Finally, well done to all those who attended the Children in Need fundraiser on Friday evening in Cardiff. the “Doctor Who Galactic Dinner” raised Â£20,000 for the telethon, which had 250 guests. According to BBC News:
Writer and executive producer Russell T Davies presided over a special auction of coveted Doctor Who memorabilia.
Guests bid up to Â£4,000 for some of the items, which are destined to become valuable collectors’ items.
Well done to all concerned!