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Published on July 12th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Children of Earth Reaction

Gareth David-Lloyd, Eve Myles, John Barrowman in Torchwood Children of Earth

Before we get to the point of discussing whether or not there will be a Torchwood Series 4, let’s just cast our eyes over some of the more immediate reactions to Torchwood: Children of Earth.

The show has attracted constant attention throughout the week from all manner of publications, and there has been little in the way of negativity about a storyline invoiving junkie aliens using children to feed their habit, and the affect of this on the people of the United Kingdom.

After just two days, io9.com was asking if Torchwood has become better than Doctor Who and citing the marvellous political element of Children of Earth as well as the anticipation over the nature of the 456:

The other thing that “Children Of Earth” is doing really well, so far, is its alien menace. Whatever the mysterious alien threat behind the mind-controlled children and governmental paranoia is, it’s being built up as a legitimately huge menace. Without having shown us so much as a tentacle-tip so far, the show has managed to build tons of anticipation for the alien threat to show up

(One particularly good read during the week was an essay by Examiner.com contributor Chris McKeon discussing the identity of the 456, speculating that they might be the Ambassadors of Death.)

The majority of reactions will come on Monday as the daily papers go bck into circulation, but one interesting thing is that in the very week the finest sci-fi drama serial in years aired, The Independent featured the misgivings of veteran TV Producer Tony Garnett who bemoaned the state of BBC TV drama that he seems to feel is creaking under the weight of Casualty and EastEnders. Perhaps he could have cited Children of Earth as an example of what the BBC should be striving to produce?

Anyone ever heard of Patrick West? He’s a chap who possibly – at a stretch – watched one episode of Children of Earth on iPlayer after a 7 pint session in his local then went home and contributed the biggest load of old tosh I have read all year. A website that I previously thought was something a bit revolutionary and tuned into the changing world, Spiked-Online.com, is the home of Mr West’s ramblings; given that former outspoken BBC Books author Lawrence Miles found himself enjoying aspects of Children of Earth, Patrick West needs to take a good look at himself and at least put together a semi-convincing argument. Instead of citing Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy and referring to it as a science fiction comedy whilst struggling to back up his own flawed argument that the British don’t do decent science fiction because of an inferiority complex, perhaps West (who seems to desperately want Kasterborous’ Hack of the week Award) should have just watched all 5 episodes sober.

Oh and not ended on:

Can gays save the world? We wait and see.

I pray that wasn’t an attempt at irony.

Finally however, I want to raise awareness of the case of the co-writer of Day Three, James Moran who with Russell T Davies and others played his part in storylining Torchwood: Children of Earth.

His high profile – courtesy of Twitter and his rather marvellous blog – has seen him targeted by a group of so-called Torchwood fans who seem at the very least to be suffering from behavioural issues. Such has been the vociferousness of the attacks from these individuals that James Moran has decided to take some time away from his blog. I suggest anyone wanting to know more pops over to The Pen Is Mightier Than The Spork and get a better idea of just what has prompted this decision.

In the meantime best of luck to James with his upcoming projects. We hope whoever it is out there that can’t deal with events on a television drama gets the counselling they need.

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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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