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Published on July 6th, 2011 | by Patrick Riley

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Myles: “Sit Tight!”

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.

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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.




3 Responses to Myles: “Sit Tight!”

  1. avatar Rick says:

    Not often it happens but I like it when we get things first. Best of all was the Five Doctors special back in ’83. That angered many a Brit and they only had to wait another day! I myself am going to wait until the new season ends, then get Starz and watch the whole thing On Demand afterward within a couple days.

  2. avatar bobbygaga says:

    I say bootleg it and boycot the BBC transmission. Starz might be putting up money but so are licence fee payers.

  3. avatar 23skidoo says:

    @Bobbygaga. So how would it make you feel if the BBC cancelled the series as a result? Or if Starz took it over completely and it was no longer broadcast in the UK? And what if the BBC also took the boycott as a sign of lack of interest in Doctor Who and cancels Season 7? Knee-jerk reactions can be destructive.

    That said, Starz and the BBC need to remember it’s 2011, and any sort of delay – especially regarding a show that’s spoiler-heavy – doesn’t help the cause. It’s also very risky because there’s also a week of word-of-mouth in there, and if the show sucks…

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