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Published on June 5th, 2011 | by Patrick Riley

Time to Start Thinking Torchwood

By the time you read this, the Doctor Who mid-season finale, aka A Good Man Goes To War, will have either already hit the airwaves or be so close to a broadcast that you can barely make room in your head for anything else.  Whether you’re still in shock about what this writer from the past has heard is a massive cliffhanger, or you’re with this writer in the same past anticipating said cliffhanger, the word Torchwood is probably in the very back of your mind at the moment.

Go right ahead and keep thinking about the Doctor’s next/latest adventure for now, but tomorrow’s a new day, and tomorrow’s a great day to start full-on salivating about Torchwood: Miracle Day.

SFX is giving us a head start on tomorrow with its latest issue, #210, dubbed a “World Exclusive” look at the next season of the adventures of Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper, featuring an interview with showrunner Russell T. Davies and stars John Barrowman and Eve Myles.  Not to mention a smashing image of Barrowman as Jack brandishing a massive, Jack-like, unDoctorly assault weapon (otherwise known as a gun).

Or, if you’re still living in Today Mode, Doctor Who also gets a mention in the mag, appearing in this month’s “SpoilerZone” section.  Of course, it goes without saying that you probably shouldn’t read that section if you don’t want any part of this series ruined for you.  Besides, Doctor Who won’t be back until sometime well after tomorrow, so rather than entering the usual series of withdrawals we Whovians tend to lapse into without our favorite show, grab this issue from any respectable news stand, read the Torchwood bits, and get your mind off things.

After all, you can’t spell Torchwood: Miracle Day without using all the letters in “Tomorrow.”

Torchwood’s fourth run starts not tomorrow, but July 8th on Starz in the United States, and on an unspecified date on BBC One in the UK.


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Patrick is a temporal hitchhiker who spends most of his time in the future. His favourite Doctor is the Fourteenth. If you're especially lucky, you might even hear him tweet to all you merry folk in the past @10PatrickRiley.

One Response to Time to Start Thinking Torchwood

  1. avatar ChrisL says:

    I can’t help alternating between excitement and trepidation as Torchwood: Miracle Day approaches.

    I’m so desperate for this show to succeed and build upon the earlier series’ success,(especially Children of Earth, which was magnificent). I know the first two series varied greatly in quality but the overall feeling was one of a great show in the making. Killing off most of the main characters was a huge decision but it gave it an edge not witnessed in most programmes.
    Spooks is on obvious exception because you never knew who would survive each week in that show, but in most Sci Fi programmes you know that the heroes tend to survive to the next week.

    Anyway, to get back to the point, I am just a wee bit concerned about how Torchwood may have evolved since the introduction of Starz into the equation. Having just sampled a few episodes of ‘Life on Mars’ (American version) I was horrified at how easily American TV took a magnificent show and transformed it into pulp!
    I’m not suggesting Starz had anything to do with this as I have no idea who produced the American version of ‘Life on Mars’ but the same fate could potentially await Torchwood if similar methods are employed.

    I just hope and pray that Torchwood doesn’t suffer the same fate after its ‘Americanisation’.

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