With this month’s premiere of Torchwood: Miracle Day, it seems the tables will turn in the Whoniverse, as for the first time ever in Doctor Who franchise history (the TV Movie, created during the pre-fast-internet days of 1996, doesn’t count (yes it flaming well does, sunshine – Ed)), residents of the United Kingdom will likely end up resorting to downloading each episode ahead of time while their American counterparts enjoy the show legally.
As we Kasterborous writers like to
sometimes pretend to think of ourselves as responsible contributors tasked with setting the example for a Wild Westernized online society of passionate sci-fi fans with knowledge of a certain online television black market, we’re obligated to not condone such illicit activities, because doing so would be in direct violation of international copyright laws, which may land you a £50,000,000,000,000,000 fine and a 36 trillion year prison sentence and make it slightly harder for you to achieve your lifelong goal of acquiring Karen Gillan’s hand in marriage.
Gwen Cooper actress Eve Myles agrees with us, expressing displeasure at many a British fan’s publicly-announced plan to illegally sneak a peek a week before broadcast. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t sympathise with the situation the majority of Torchwood fans have found themselves in.
“You just want to get to see it, don’t you? I mean, fair play. These people have waited just over two years for this next season. You know, they’ve waited long enough.”
Unfortunately, thanks to what were probably a couple of silly corporate agreements as to the conditions under which Starz would contribute money to the production, most of us are going to have to wait a bit longer and let our stateside counterparts watch our show before we do. And yes, British people, I’m writing this as if I’m actually one of you.
As a final word of encouragement, Myles suggests to those UK residents who want to download their second-favorite show ahead of time (and even those who don’t) to hang in there:
“Sit tight, because it is a fantastic ride.”
Torchwood: Miracle Day premieres with The New World this Friday at 10/9c on Starz in the US, and the following Thursday, July 14th, at 9PM on BBC One in the UK. If you didn’t already know that, this post might have confused you.