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Published on August 18th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

The Middle Men Preview

After last week’s stunning cliffhanger, Torchwood continues this week as the full scale of the Miracle becomes increasingly clearer…

Oswald Danes fans beware, however – apparently Bill Pullman will be pretty hard to spot in this week’s episode, The Middle Men, as John Barrowman comes to the fore as Captain Jack Harkness.

With Gwen, Rex and Esther trapped on both sides of the Atlantic, Jack faces a race against time as he goes straight to the heart of the conspiracy.

Frankly, if this isn’t one of the best scenes from the entire series so far (steady…) then it’s certainly up there…

Meanwhile, we’ve got the usual photos from The Middle Men, which hopefully finally seens Torchwood going undercover and getting some results…

Torchwood: Miracle Day - The Middle Men

Torchwood: Miracle Day - The Middle Men

Torchwood: Miracle Day - The Middle Men

As you should know, Torchwood: Miracle Day is broadcast on BBC One at 9pm.


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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+.

6 Responses to The Middle Men Preview

  1. avatar ChrisL says:

    A much improved episode this week but it is still light years away from the Whoniverse we know & love.

    In the past Torchwood & Dr Who were pretty much interchangeable. When the Daleks attacked The Cardiff Hub in “Stolen Earth” and “Journey’s End”, or when Ianto hid his half-Cyber girlfriend in the basement, it showed a natural connection between the two shows. However, should a Dalek glide into view behind Oswald or a Cyberman attempt to delete Esther it would seem ludicrous and totally incongruous.
    I think this may be the real reason why I’m struggling with Torchwood: Miracle Day.

    • avatar Mike M says:

      What I kind of like about this show is the fact that it seems so out of kilter with the regular Whoniverse though. It makes that world seem far more rich and strange somehow.

      It is boggling though, to watch this and think to yourself: “this takes place in the same fictional universe as Time and the Rani”.

      • avatar James McLean says:

        Could you not argue that with Tribe of Gum and Water of Mars? I certainly agree that this new Torchwood does feel out of place with much of the Doctor Who universe, though I wonder if you strip the Doctor from a lot of the Doctor Who adventures, the same might be the same – without that incredulous, eccentric heroic force uniting all adventures, most scenarios would feel at odds with those with the Doctor. It’s a really interesting question you bring up – one I’ll bring up on the next PodKast and steal from you guys! :)

        • avatar ChrisL says:

          Well, the Daleks do actually feature in “Waters of Mars”, in an important albeit brief manner.
          In Adelaide’s flashback to her youth she comes face to face with a Dalek during “Stolen Earth” and is determined to go into space as a result. If the Daleks hadn’t invaded, Adelaide Brooke may have chosen a different career and the whole story of Bowie Base One would have been different – if it had happened at all.
          So even in that episode an appearance by a Dalek wouldn’t have been too inappropriate.

          As for “The Tribe of Gum”, I don’t imagine the sight of a Dalek cruising through the landscape would be too anachronistic. After all they did appear in Dr Who only a few weeks later. Compared to the concept of a time machine it wouldn’t have stretched the imagination of the viewers too far and most certainly wouldn’t have seemed out of place in that particular story.

          Nice to see the first episodes referred to as “The Tribe of Gum”. You don’t often see that :-)

          • avatar James McLean says:

            What I meant was a comparison between Water of Mars and the tribe of gum is – arguably – as distant as say Water of Mars and Miracle Day? Content and tone? Is there an argument that Doctor Who doesn’t really carry any more consistency within itself as Miracle Day does to Doctor Who if one ignores the Doctor? I don’t know really – I genuinely think its an interesting point to muse on. I certainly understand where you’re coming from. Just curious as to the deeper reasons why we all feel that way (I think!)

  2. avatar Francis Cave says:

    The Cyberwoman episode is a perfect reason why the worlds of Torchwood and Who should be separate to a certain degree.

    When I originally saw it I seriously thought the series was doomed.

    Since then the series has found its own identity and my faith has been restored.

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