Published on January 15th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley
The first issue of Torchwood Magazine is published in the UK on January 24th by Titan, following the adrenalin-fuelled exploits of Captain Jack Harkness and his team every four weeks
And there’s a couple of things of note about it too – for example, there’s input from Russell T Davies and the production team, sneak previews of future episodes from writers Helen Raynor, Catherine Tregenna and JC Wilsher, while coverage of the series opener Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang features an on-set interview with Captains Jack and John as played by John Barrowman and James Marsters.
But that isn’t what’s piqued my interest.
Production designers Edward Thomas and Julian Luxton guide us through the elements and inspirations that make up the Hub:
“Russell was very non-specific about the Hub in the first script. That’s great for us, because it means he trusts us to get it right, but we didn’t know whether it should be a factory unit, a bunker, or what. We just knew it needed to be beautiful and sexy.”
No, there’s something else… comic strip!
The first issue of Torchwood magazine features the first ever official Torchwood comic strip, written by Transformers legend Simon Furman, and drawn by SL Gallant (Marvel Adventures). Over the coming months the magazine will feature brand new adventures by a host of comics talent, including Ian Edgington (Scarlet Traces, 2000AD) and Brian Williamson (Doctor Who).
Kicking off a strip with Simon Furman at the wheel is a stroke of genius, and I’m expecting big things already!
You might also be interested to know that the BBC’s Torchwood website has been updated!