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Published on July 7th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Children Day One Reaction

Eve Myles and Paul Copley as Gwen Cooper and Clem MacDonald in Torchwood Children of Earth

Romping home in the audience ratings with 5.94m views, the first episode of Torchwood: Children of Earth took a 25.8% audience share during the hour from 9pm – 10pm, easily beating the opposition.

A rundown of the some of the high profile reviews finds The London Paper happy with the episode:

So, does it work? Well, yes – just. The first episode is classic Davies – we rattle between the Government (with the ever-excellent Peter Capaldi) kicking through the gears marked Suspicious and Very Sinister Indeed…

In the Independent, the reviewer was more concerned with what Jon Pertwee’s opinion might have been as well as the fact that while Russell T Davies sexuality informs his writing (although no more than Ian Fleming’s did, let’s face it) the domestic daze of the school run hasn’t passed him by.

Funnily enough, our youngest child also went into a weird trance at 8.40 this morning, as he does every morning when he is told to clean his teeth just before leaving for school.

Nevertheless, Torchwood is written, acted and directed with verve and wit, fully deserving its transfer to BBC1 and five nights of primetime

Digital Spy gave Day One a clean bill of health as well as a full review, concluding:

More akin to Doctor Who in narrative concepts and style than before, Torchwood: Children Of Earth quickly builds up a large canvas with Russell T Davies painting a number of fine new characters and setting up a wonderful premise. It would have worked better for new viewers if it was cut down to 45 minutes

The general outlook for the mini-series has been encouraging, although it hasn’t been without detractors, not least on the central tenet of aliens communicating via children on a post-watershed show kids shouldn’t be watching:

…It’s a shame the kids are missing out, given that this one is about children. And they could do a brilliant trick at school if they copied what was happening on screen, suddenly all stopping in the playground and chanting “we are coming” in unison because they’ve been taken over by aliens. That could really freak the teachers out. Let’s hope someone was allowed to stay up, and they’ve had the idea.

A quick check of YouTube reveals that as yet this hasn’t been done. Kids obviously aren’t as inventive as we give them credit for…

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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