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The Truth in a Faceless World

Torchwood Series 4 has a new name – no longer “The New World”, it is now called Miracle Day. This much we know thanks to a press release on Saturday. And we also know about the UK and US simultaneous June 1st airdate… don’t we?

Well, no we don’t. It seems that the date publicised on the seemingly official Torchwood Facebook page (an entity that while never claiming official status never denied it either) and repeated in various locations online (most prominently the Doctor Who News Page at GallifreyNewsBase) was in fact erroneous, completely made up.

Most interestingly, the aforementioned Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bbctorchwood) now no longer exists, no doubt ordered by the BBC to cease and desist (or at lease remove the “bbc” element from its name). And this is the rub, you see – it is very easy to be fooled on the Internet. Fake David Tennants on Twitter and Facebook, fake Billie Pipers (and real ones that never tweeted much in the first place) have made the matter of getting it right all the more important.

Some of these impostors even have nefarious, sinister reasons for taking the names of famous people – and in the end you don’t know who to trust.

While the newsiest of all Doctor Who news pages has been soundly embarrassed by this lack of fact checking they have nevertheless redeemed themselves and presented fandom with the truth, courtesy of BBC Marketing.

And the truth is, of course, that it’s far too soon to be confirming broadcast schedules for two countries. June 1st is as likely as any other date, although the official BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Worldwide and US premium entertainment network, Starz Entertainment press release specifically stated that the show “will premiere this July.”

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