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DOCTOR WHO 28.X!! Dafydd Has Details!!

Published at: Oct. 16, 2005, 10:30 p.m. CST by staff

I am – Hercules!!

New spy Dafydd insists this business is big and important to “Who” fans, and his passionate tone persuades us:

Dafydd here, with a question for Doctor Who fans: fancy knowing what this season’s Bad Wolf could be?

Are you sure?

In that case, just remember one word.

Torchwood

Who or what is Torchwood? You’ll get the first big clue in a couple of months when the Doctor Who holiday special, ‘The Christmas Invasion’ debuts on BBC1. You’ll find out the origin of Torchwood in episode two this spring in ‘Tooth and Claw,’ and that name comes up again big-time in episodes 12 and 13, which begin filming here in South Wales in just a few weeks.

Production on Doctor Who: Series II (as the production is now numbered) began shooting in July, with David Tennant taking over the role from Christopher Eccleston, who jumped ship after just 13 episodes. Billie Piper returns as companion Rose Tyler, and by all accounts, the relationship between the two leads is reportedly a lot less prickly than it was last series.

Although the producers are doing their level best to keep the biggest revelations under wraps, it’s amazing what you can find out by rifling a few skips (that’s dumpsters to you Yanks), buying a few rounds for the right crew people, and keeping one’s ears open for a bit of news around Newport, where most of the interiors are shot. So without further ado, here’s a quick recap of what’s been happening over the last four months. Most of it has already appeared on other websites, and I’ll do my best to avoid giving too much away. Even so, there are spoilers aplenty, so tread carefully.

Production has just wrapped on the first block, which includes the holiday special ‘The Christmas Invasion,’ episode one ‘New Earth’ (both of which are written by executive producer Russell T. Davies and episode four ‘School Reunion’ by Toby Whithouse. They’re directed by James Hawes, who helmed last year’s chilling two-parter, ‘The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances.’ ‘The Christmas Invasion’ features the return of Penelope Wilton as Harriet Jones, now the country’s prime minister, and a new race of aliens called the Sycorax. Also returning are Camille Coduri as Rose’s mum Jackie and Noel Clarke as her abandoned-back-on Earth boyfriend Mickey. BTW, both characters will be appearing in several episodes this series, and don’t be surprised if one of them joins the TARDIS crew for several episodes.

Most of ‘New Earth’ is set in a futuristic hospital and features the return of Zoë Wanamaker as Cassandra, not to mention another familiar (ahem) face from last year’s ‘The End of the World.’ Wanamaker also appears in a pre-stretched incarnation of her character, and keep an eye out for a scene-stealing turn from Sean Gallagher as Cassandra’s long-suffering assistant, Chip.

The biggest crowd-pleaser though, is the return of Elisabeth Sladen as former companion Sarah Jane Smith and much-loved or oft-reviled (take your pick) robot dog, K9. I don’t want to give away too much about this episode, but I’m prepared to go out on a limb right now and predict that this will be one of the high points of the series. Oh, and Anthony Stewart Head does not, I repeat, DOES NOT appear as the Master in this episode! He plays Headmaster Finch, which is probably where the rumour came from.

If you don’t think ‘School Reunion’ is going to rule, ask yourself two questions. Number one, what if you were one of the Doctor’s former companions, now middle-aged, and you’ve not only got to cope with the return of a young-looking Doctor, but also his young and beautiful current companion? And if you were the actress who once played that companion, what would it be like to come back in a situation where life imitated art? Something to think about over the coming months.

Right now, production is underway on block two, directed by Euros Lyn (‘The End of the World,’ ‘The Unquiet Dead’). The Doctor and Rose travel back to Victorian times in ‘Tooth and Claw,’ a period werewolf story with a big twist. There have been rumours that this episode features a race of cat people, but somebody has been confusing it with ‘New Earth,’ which does have some feline creatures. What it does feature is actress Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine) playing Queen Victoria, who is not amused by the events of this episode. Long-time fans will remember that it’s actually Collins’ second appearance in Doctor Who, having appeared in ‘The Faceless Ones’ opposite Patrick Troughton in the mid-sixties.

The other episode now being filmed is ‘The Girl in the Fireplace,’ by Steven Moffat, formerly titled ‘Madame du Pompadour.’ Don’t be surprise if there’s another name change before airtime, when the producers realise that an episode of the kid-friendly Doctor Who maybe shouldn’t be named after a girl in a fireplace. The madam in question is played by Sophia Myles, better known for her recent appearance as Lady Penelope in the feature film version of Thunderbirds. Granted the movie sucked big-time, but maybe Myles will have better luck in her latest genre appearance. In terms of the storyline for ‘Girl,’ it’s sort of a spaceship story crossed with a period tale set in 18th century France.

That brings us to the third block of filming, which is in pre-production right now. Block three consists of episodes five and six as well as twelve and thirteen, which will wrap up the series. All four episodes are being directed by Graeme Harper, the first director from the original series to sign on for the new Who, and by all his accounts, he’s going to have his hands full with some very heavy-duty episodes. Episodes five and six form the ‘Parallel World’ two-parter written by Tom MacRae. It’s already no secret that they feature the return of the Cybermen, but as the title suggests, this is a very different Cybermen story. Auditions are being held right now for a group of cyber-actors, who will likely be called upon to work in several episodes.

And what about episodes twelve and thirteen? Well, the producers are desperately trying to keep them under wraps, but at least one website has already spilled the biggest surprise, much to their disappointment. I don’t want to reveal it here on AICN, because it would confirm what is still being kicked around as a rumour. Suffice to say, if you were blown away by last year’s season-ender, this one is ten times bigger.

Okay, here’s a clue, but that’s all you get: if you can track down the title for episode twelve, they’re not what the title says they are!

Hopefully that’s enough to whet everybody’s appetite for season two. Thanks to my network of spies here in South Wales, who will doubtless demand quite a number of free pints to demonstrate my gratitude. As for me, it’s time to go back underground with the other night-dwellers, but I’ll try to report back later in the season.

Your friend,
Dafydd, The Only Fan in the Village







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  • Oct. 16, 2005, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Old News

    by Mockingbird Girl

    Not only have these details been floating around the 'Net for a while, but has already been published in TV Zone. (Plus some extra info., such as the fact that Stephen Fry is writing episode 11 of the second series.) Still, it's nice to see the new WHO getting some love on American web sites, since all of the TV networks are giving us the shaft! God bless region-free DVD players... :)

  • Oct. 16, 2005, 11:12 p.m. CST

    so is the new guy any good?

    by TodayzSpecial

    that's what I wanna know. Eccleston is an amazing actor and turned a lot of corny dialogue into something meaningful. If Barty Crouch Jr. isn't as talented, then I think the series will suffer. Did Eccleston and Billie Piper not get along? If so, they hid it beautifully in the last season.

  • Oct. 16, 2005, 11:13 p.m. CST

    DVDs in the USA?

    by Randy Sims

    Does anyone know if there are plans to release the NuWho series on DVD in the US?

  • Oct. 16, 2005, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Region 1 DVDs

    by Mockingbird Girl

    Sadly, there are presently no plans for region 1 DVDs, since the Beeb is hoping that some US network will actually pick up the series first. Unfortunately, this means our Canadian neighbors, though lucky enough to get broadcasts of the new series on CBS, are also at the mercy of US networks as far as North American DVD releases are concerned.

  • Oct. 16, 2005, 11:45 p.m. CST

    I'm calling BS on one thing

    by performingmonkey

    I can only assume that the spoiler that they supposedly want to keep under wraps is the rumour that the Cybermen AND the Daleks are going to appear in the season finale and are either going to fight each other or team up to destroy the Doctor. But I think this is pure shit, for one reason - the Daleks are too fucking expensive to use again. It cost the BBC a fucking bunch of money to get the Daleks for the first season. Also, it's highly unlikely that the Doctor's biggest enemy is gonna appear again so soon after the huge part they played in the first season. It would take something away from the Cybermen who should stand on their own.

  • Oct. 16, 2005, 11:55 p.m. CST

    That rumor..

    by Terminator

    would be amazing if it were to actually happen. Besides that, yeah, this news is months old.

  • Oct. 16, 2005, 11:59 p.m. CST

    "Torchwood"

    by Delete Me

    So "Torchwood" is the new "Bad Wolf"? Oh joy, another pointlessly recurring macguffin which ends in an anticlimactic reveal! I bet it's Rose's mom.

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 12:59 a.m. CST

    you know why people come here?

    by Strabo

    So we can be spoiled. When you write the site with scoop info, PUT ALL YOUR GODDAMN INFO. Don't fucking say "oh, well, I don't want to give it away on a site like this". Fucking douche-bag.

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 1:18 a.m. CST

    other planets, please?

    by Lazarus Long

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't there supposed to be serials this season that DON'T take place on Earth or orbiting around it? One of my few complaints about the New Who was that they stuck way too close to "home", probably for fear of any alien locations looking unrealistic and/or laughable. The show is about a SPACE AND TIME TRAVELLER. It's just lame to not have him leaving the damned solar system. The real fans will stick with the show even if it gets a little hokey. Have some faith! It's always been about the characters and the writing, not the effects. One more thing, although I already knew about it, Liz Sladen returning to DW is the coolest television news...EVER, perhaps even better than learning there would be a new series at all.

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 1:33 a.m. CST

    "Torchwood" - The DW Spinoff Series

    by Roj Blake

    Starring John Barrowman as Capt. Jack. Read all about it here: http://news.independent.co.uk/media/article320110.ece

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 2:12 a.m. CST

    "Middle-aged?"

    by Darth Bono Jr.

    I don't think she's quite "middle-aged" is she!? She must be pushing senior-citizen territory by now. I saw her back in the late 1990s and she was pretty old looking (but still, you know, pretty. But old. Looking.)

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Saw this Torchwood reference on a different ite

    by Cablecasual

    Said much the same thing, but also pointed out that Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who....

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Are USA networks stupid?

    by Barrymore

    Yes, because none are showing the new Who episodes. By the way, the STARZ movie channel is showing the 1996 Paul McGann TV movie several times this month, go to Starz.com for details--the TV movie is hard-to-find and wasn't released on DVD in the US.

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Didn't anyone learn anything from Joss Whedon?

    by Barrymore

    If this rumor about the Torchwood series is true, it is probably bad news for Doctor Who. This is almost exactly what happened when Joss left Buffy to do Angel and then Firefly. The quality of the original show suffers greatly. Russell Davies written epsiodes may have arguably been the weakest of the first new Who season, but he is a very smart man who should be THE guiding force behind the new Who. If he is off already creating and writing other shows (even if it is a cool Who spin-off), that can only be bad news for Doctor Who.

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 4:19 a.m. CST

    by Dave Patrick

    Well, he did Casanova during the first series of Doctor Who, so doing Torchwood now shouldn't be too much of a problem. We have no idea how much of Torchwood he's writing though. I doubt it'll be more than 6 of the 13 episodes.

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 4:26 a.m. CST

    It's not the Daleks, it (might be)...

    by Tubbs Tattsyrup

    The Time Lords. Supposedly (well according to GallifreyOne.com) Tom Baker has agreed to come back to play "the voice of the Time Lords". Personally I'd love that to happen - and it's possible, surely - I mean they brought back the fucking Daleks, didn't they? Using the Daleks again would be kind of anticlimactic in a way, the Cybermen should definitely be the "main villain" of this series the way the Daleks kind of were in S1/27. Can't wait to see how Tennant is in the role, I saw him in Bright Young Things (Stephen Fry film) and he was pretty good in that. here's hoping.

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Man...

    by SpacePhil

    I got hooked on this series good when I was in the UK a few months ago. Damn. Sounds good to me. Can't wait.

  • ...The Doctor is NOT the last surviving Time Lord. There's another one out there somewhere and if "Torchwood" (an anagram for "Doctor Who") is any real hint, this could mean the Master or even the Valeyard. As surprising as the Valeyard's return might be, I'm leaning more toward the Master because 1) you just can't kill that bastard for long and 2) the Doctor needs his arch-nemesis always lurking in the temporal shadows.

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 8 a.m. CST

    Torchwood is going to be a 13 part series

    by Mr_Sleep001

    featuring Captain Jack. Apparently it's going to be 'wild and sexy' and aimed at an adult audience...and completely set in Cardiff apparently http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/4349120.stm

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Other Timelords

    by Yeti

    Don't forgot the "Rani" if the utlize her charecter be enteresting to see who they get to play the part..

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 8:51 a.m. CST

    You forgot at least a few things in your "news we already know"

    by RenoNevada2000

    Mark Gatiss is penning an episode and there's an episode called "The Satan Pit" which I believe is the new series first trip to an alien planet.

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 9:14 a.m. CST

    A Capt. Jack spin-off?

    by Strabo

    Fucking excellent. I was so pissed when I read that he wasn't going to be in the second season.

  • I hated the Goldie design of the darleks last season and I can only hope that any update to the cybermen do not go down the same road. I have been watching Earthshock in recent weeks and it got it perfect. The cybermen were secret, The title did not refer to the cybermen, the cybermen design was a vast improvement although it did slip on later episodes especially Silver Nemesis. I have heard roumours of a Darlek / Cybermen War this is not new fans have wanted this for years and I once saw a very similar thing on a Stage version of Dr Who I saw several years ago. Personally though I don't want to see those tin plated pepper pots ever again without a redesign more along the lines of Rememberance of the Darlek's Special Weapon Darlek though the design of the Emperor Darlek in the last episode of the last series was quite similar to the one as seen in The Evil of the Darleks. Which was to be the final end of the Darleks.

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 11 a.m. CST

    Torchwood: 13 eps of Capt.Jack hittin on both sexes in Cardiff!!

    by Big_Bubbaloola

    Capt.Jack: 'Stop! You have the right to remain fabulous!' Some Taffy Sheep Hearder: 'Oh really! Well that's nice int it? Tell you what, why don't you and those fablass tight leather trousers come home with me, and we can fool around some! Never know, might be able to get Flossy involved too! Baaaaaaaa!!'

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Tennant will rule

    by Purgatori

    He was amazing in Cassanova. And Capt Jack was a neat character so I'll be interested to see how they do with Torchwood. My question is who would you like to see as The Master. Tony Head would be good, but that's obviously not happening. Alexis Denisoff could pull it off maybe...but I'm curious to see the rest of your choices.

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I'm in the states, and watching the new series as it airs...

    by The Beast

    If any of you guys are computer geeks, look around. I have all episodes of the new series in almost perfect quality on dvd. It's a great series by the way. I don't want to just give out how i got it though, because after napster and all that stuff, I'm worried it'll get cracked down on, and then we'll never get to see it ever. Interested? I think my e-mail is available through here somehow. People used to be able to e-mail me based on topics I've posted on. And if you want to know what happens with the Sarah Jane episode, I'll spill that too, but only at request...

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 1:25 p.m. CST

    The Master

    by Mockingbird Girl

    After seeing Comic Relief special "The Curse of Fatal Death," the only one I want to see as the Master is Jonathan Pryce! Beast, please *don't* spill what happens in the Sarah Jane episode... at least not until after I've had a chance to torrent the broadcast! ;-)

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 1:26 p.m. CST

    No region

    by ZeroCorpse

    It's pretty simple to rip the region encoding out of DVDs for your backups if you know what you're doing. Not that I'd ever do it, but the option is clear as day on programs like DVDBackup for the Mac.

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Daleks vs Cybermen...

    by Petey23

    Hmmmm, it has a great fan-boy appeal to it - but the practicalities seem too epic. I agree that not only would it steal the cybermen return but in a way would also detract from the fear of the Daleks in the last episode. Their second comeback should not be for a while so to heighten the feel. If they WERE to bring them back for this season - it would be maybe better to hide the fact for the very end where it's revealed they were the source providing either the technology or weapons for the Cybermen...

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Uhm...

    by slapshot

    ... is there some problem with the BBC showing the episodes in America themselves? BBC America channel, anyone?

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Pryce is pryceless

    by Purgatori

    as the Master. But after that, I don't think I'd be able to watch him and not laugh my ass off. I'd keep picturing him with breasts. BBCAmerica is nearly useless. Black Books is one of the best britcoms ever and they only show series 1 over and over again. Shows have to be at least 4 or 5 years old before they show them it seems.

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 4:19 p.m. CST

    LOL!

    by Mockingbird Girl

    They're not breasts -- they're etheric beam locators!

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Ep 12 title = "Army of Ghosts"

    by CrispyOne

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 5:18 p.m. CST

    i want to see

    by Mr Cairo

    Sea devils , the Master , Yeti , Zygons , Ice Warriors , Paul McGann in a 2 doctor adventure , Bessie , unit , the brigadear , MORE DALEKS , Alpha Centauri , The Vrood , Davros ....... i want some real nods to 30+years of Dr Who history goddamit .

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 7:27 p.m. CST

    GoatZinger, FYI...

    by ChrisPC24

    Doctor Who did go kaput, in 1989! It was brought back just this year.

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Torchwood article

    by Shan

    Well, probably breaking all sorts of rules here but they make you pay for reading Independent articles after 3 days.-------------(Spoilers ahead possibly) BBC to screen 'Dr Who for adults' as new spin-off show By Ian Burrell, Media Editor Published: 17 October 2005 The BBC has commissioned the Doctor Who scriptwriter Russell T Davies to make an adult post-watershed spin-off of its most famous sci-fi show. The new programme will be called Torchwood (an anagram of Doctor Who) and will follow a crack team investigating alien activities and crime in modern-day Britain. It will feature in its starring role John Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and who will play the same character in Torchwood. Like the latest version of Doctor Who, which the BBC successfully relaunched this year, Torchwood will be based in Cardiff. Davies, who has just begun writing Torchwood, said the new programme would be aimed at adult audiences and would "have its own, unique identity". He said: "Torchwood will be a dark, clever, wild, sexy, British crime/sci-fi paranoid thriller cop show with a sense of humour - the X Files meets This Life," the latter a reference to the groundbreaking Nineties BBC drama about a group of young lawyers in Bristol. Torchwood will be shown next summer on BBC3 in 13 episodes, each lasting 45 minutes. Alert viewers of the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas special will hear a reference to the Torchwood unit and further mentions will be made in the new series in the spring. Stuart Murphy, the controller of BBC3, described Davies as an "absolute genius" and described Torchwood as "a massive coup". He said: "We had never done sci fi before and it is a genre which people treat in a certain way. You look at what he has done with Dr Who and we said to Russell what would you do with a post-watershed sci fi?" Mr Murphy said he hoped that Davies would bring to the new series a similar quirky humour that the writer deployed in the period drama Casanova, which was also shown on BBC3 before moving to BBC1. "Each episode of Torchwood will be a one-off story and will be funny in a way that Casanova brought humour to period drama," he said. Captain Jack has been described as Doctor Who's "first openly gay companion" and a "hunky bisexual". Davies told Doctor Who magazine earlier this year: "It wasn't me sort of dying to get a bisexual character on screen. Yes, I'm a gay writer, but I was thinking: Jack's from the 51st century so of course he's going to go out with men and women. To get hung up on it is almost too sad for words, frankly." Torchwood will allow Davies to explore relationships a little further. Mr Murphy said of the new series: "The people have affairs with one another. There will be sex and swearing, I assume. I'm quite relaxed about that, it will be post-watershed and Russell can do it in a funny and sexy way." Describing the idea behind the new show, the BBC controller said: "It's a renegade bunch of investigators who investigate real-life, normal crimes. They also look into alien happenings. They have been charged by the British government to find alien technology that has fallen to Earth and they need to do it without the FBI and UN knowing." Mr Murphy said the new series would have a distinctly Welsh feel, reflecting Davies's Swansea roots. "It's set in modern-day Cardiff. Unlike Doctor Who, which made Cardiff look like Dickensian London, this will look like Cardiff." Davies said he was especially pleased to have secured the services of the "fantastic" Barrowman and said that Torchwood "gives us the chance to further develop exceptional talent from Doctor Who". Barrowman, who as Captain Jack is part of the Doctor's Tardis crew, was born in Glasgow but grew up in Illinois. He first came to prominence as a children's television presenter on the show Live and Kicking, where he worked alongside Emma Forbes and Andy Peters. BBC3 hopes to begin screening Torchwood at the end of the next series of Doctor Who adventures, in which the Doctor will be played by David Tennant. Torchwood is the latest morphing of one of the BBC's most famous shows, which first reached the screens in 1963, although the programme will be distinct from Doctor Who and no stories will directly cross over between the two projects. The BBC has commissioned the Doctor Who scriptwriter Russell T Davies to make an adult post-watershed spin-off of its most famous sci-fi show. The new programme will be called Torchwood (an anagram of Doctor Who) and will follow a crack team investigating alien activities and crime in modern-day Britain. It will feature in its starring role John Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and who will play the same character in Torchwood. Like the latest version of Doctor Who, which the BBC successfully relaunched this year, Torchwood will be based in Cardiff. Davies, who has just begun writing Torchwood, said the new programme would be aimed at adult audiences and would "have its own, unique identity". He said: "Torchwood will be a dark, clever, wild, sexy, British crime/sci-fi paranoid thriller cop show with a sense of humour - the X Files meets This Life," the latter a reference to the groundbreaking Nineties BBC drama about a group of young lawyers in Bristol. Torchwood will be shown next summer on BBC3 in 13 episodes, each lasting 45 minutes. Alert viewers of the forthcoming Doctor Who Christmas special will hear a reference to the Torchwood unit and further mentions will be made in the new series in the spring. Stuart Murphy, the controller of BBC3, described Davies as an "absolute genius" and described Torchwood as "a massive coup". He said: "We had never done sci fi before and it is a genre which people treat in a certain way. You look at what he has done with Dr Who and we said to Russell what would you do with a post-watershed sci fi?" Mr Murphy said he hoped that Davies would bring to the new series a similar quirky humour that the writer deployed in the period drama Casanova, which was also shown on BBC3 before moving to BBC1. "Each episode of Torchwood will be a one-off story and will be funny in a way that Casanova brought humour to period drama," he said. Captain Jack has been described as Doctor Who's "first openly gay companion" and a "hunky bisexual". Davies told Doctor Who magazine earlier this year: "It wasn't me sort of dying to get a bisexual character on screen. Yes, I'm a gay writer, but I was thinking: Jack's from the 51st century so of course he's going to go out with men and women. To get hung up on it is almost too sad for words, frankly." Torchwood will allow Davies to explore relationships a little further. Mr Murphy said of the new series: "The people have affairs with one another. There will be sex and swearing, I assume. I'm quite relaxed about that, it will be post-watershed and Russell can do it in a funny and sexy way." Describing the idea behind the new show, the BBC controller said: "It's a renegade bunch of investigators who investigate real-life, normal crimes. They also look into alien happenings. They have been charged by the British government to find alien technology that has fallen to Earth and they need to do it without the FBI and UN knowing." Mr Murphy said the new series would have a distinctly Welsh feel, reflecting Davies's Swansea roots. "It's set in modern-day Cardiff. Unlike Doctor Who, which made Cardiff look like Dickensian London, this will look like Cardiff." Davies said he was especially pleased to have secured the services of the "fantastic" Barrowman and said that Torchwood "gives us the chance to further develop exceptional talent from Doctor Who". Barrowman, who as Captain Jack is part of the Doctor's Tardis crew, was born in Glasgow but grew up in Illinois. He first came to prominence as a children's television presenter on the show Live and Kicking, where he worked alongside Emma Forbes and Andy Peters. BBC3 hopes to begin screening Torchwood at the end of the next series of Doctor Who adventures, in which the Doctor will be played by David Tennant. Torchwood is the latest morphing of one of the BBC's most famous shows, which first reached the screens in 1963, although the programme will be distinct from Doctor Who and no stories will directly cross over between the two projects. (End spoilers)

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 8:08 p.m. CST

    TORCHWOOD officially announced!

    by Barrymore

    Torchwood was officially announced as a new 13-episode series for BBC Three. It's gonna be like CSI meets X-Files, starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness. It will be shown between season 2 and 3 of Doctor Who, with no crossover episodes. Go to bbc.co.uk/doctorwho for more details!

  • Oct. 17, 2005, 11:13 p.m. CST

    GoatZinger...

    by ChrisPC24

    It's great that it's back, I agree! BTW, you can pick up a lot of the old stories remastered on DVD now. Media Play has them on sale, so I've been getting quite a few. I now have almost every Tom Baker story that's been put out on DVD.

  • Oct. 18, 2005, 12:19 a.m. CST

    lynxpro, funny but my copies of NuWho look great..

    by ComputerGuy68

    on my 40" widescreen HDTV! 98% of ALL tv shows I watch are from the net and played on the pc to the tv, (ATI component adapter). @ 1080i my TV has never looked so good! You can pick up DivX DVD players pretty cheap now, but try to surf the net, or stream mp3's from your server on one! Can't wait for the new season/series!!!

  • Oct. 18, 2005, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Andi Peters is a right puff.A right camp puff at that !

    by The True Priapic

    I fucking loathe Andi Peters.Patronising tosser.A mate of a mate of mine used to be employed to open doors for this fucker at the BBC and said he was a fucking arrogant goon.A right anus fingerer.If I ever have to see that fucking clip of him crying like a bairn because he decided to leave Live and Screaming I'll eat my own hands.I'd make that sod cry.There aren't tears enough for the pain his effeminate ponsing twat face has given me over the years.I'm fucking loving China,I get to eat Ed the Duck every fucking night.Cunts.Wish they'd locked those wankers in the broom cupboard and then covered it in petrol and lit it.WhuuumFFF!! And don't get me fucking started on that pair of fuckwits Trev and Simon.I'd fucking feed them to deseased hungry wolverines and watch while they screamed as they were ripped apart,never losing consciousness until hours later.I swear by Grabthars hammer those cunts never,ever,ever said anything remotely amusing.No,they weren't 'ironic'.They were shit.Deserve the career they have.Been on any 'top 50 christmas toys' shows on C5,lads?Fuckwits.Tossers.Red mist...has...descended...and ....swallowed me.Where is MY AXE????Andi Peters this is for you,fucknuts...

  • Oct. 18, 2005, 2:02 a.m. CST

    "City of Death" on R1 DVD Nov. 8th

    by Roj Blake

    Classic, Top-Ten list DW story with Tom Baker, Lalla Ward & Julian Glover. Written by Douglas Adams. The one with the Mona Lisas. The one set in Paris. The one with the John Cleese cameo. 2-Disc set with bunches of extras. Awesome!

  • Oct. 18, 2005, 4:25 a.m. CST

    DALEKS _VS_ CYBERMEN!!! AWESOME!

    by Fugazi32

    Can't wait! I'd been waiting to see them battle it out longer than I ever wanted to see AvP! ...I've wanted to see this showdown since I was a wee little lad!!! I do hope they bring back the Sontarans/Rutans in series III, or the Zygons or something!! :-)

  • Oct. 18, 2005, 11:51 a.m. CST

    THIS JUST IN: Region-1 DVDs hit shelves in February!

    by Mockingbird Girl

    For those who don't have a region-free DVD player (suckers!), this from a BBC Canada news release dated today: In addition to picking up the second season of the new series in Canada, BBC Video is planning to release series one on DVD in Canada on February 14, 2006 -- presumably, a box set of the entire season. Nothing about a US release, but obviously, picking up the Canadian set will be no problem for anyone who has mastered the art of Internet shopping. :)

  • Oct. 18, 2005, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who

    by Paddy O`Really

    I believe its also the name of a spin off series with John Barowman. That is from the BBC site.

  • Oct. 18, 2005, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Empty Child/Doctor Dances - absolutely ace!

    by togmeister

    'Well, there is a war on - are you sure you haven't miscounted?'

  • Oct. 18, 2005, 4:11 p.m. CST

    How many more people

    by Roj Blake

    are going to post the "Torchwood" info as if they've scooped the previous five people who've posted it?

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Region 1 in February

    by Real Deal

    I just was reading the Doctor Who website at the BBC and they are relaesing in Feb. season 1 in R1! It'a a canadian release but I imagine it will be sold here also.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Roj

    by Mockingbird Girl

    Meant to respond to you earlier... I can't WAIT for the "City of Death" DVD! One of my absolute favorites. But judging by your screen name, I'm guessing you're with me when I say: WHERE THE HELL IS THE BLAKE'S 7 SERIES 4 BOX SET??? (Whew! Glad I got that off my chest. :-)

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Blake's 7

    by Roj Blake

    I live in the "colonies" - so I don't even have Series 1-3!!! I've considered throwing down the cash for the R2 boxes, but I can't believe that we're ~never~ going to get them over here. I used to own all the tapes but sold them on eBay some time ago, thinking that the DVDs would hit R1. No dice. But "City of Death" will indeed Rock the Casbah (or maybe just the Louvre), yessiree-Tom.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Ahhhh...rereading your posts...

    by Roj Blake

    ...I take it you live in States, too. Ambitious girl!

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 5 p.m. CST

    Dude, come ON!

    by Mockingbird Girl

    Region-free DVD players are God's gift to colonial anglophiles! :-) It was really the new DOCTOR WHO that finally convinced me to pony up the cash, but now having both the new DW and B7, I'm soooooo glad I did. Next on my list: the region-2 set of Chris Boucher's STAR COPS (despite worst TV series title EVER!)

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Who on Region 1 DVD

    by Electric_Monk

    BBC is releasing Doctor Who in region 1 in Canada (who share the same region as us), folks. So, it should not be too hard to get the DVD whenits released in the Great White North on February 14, 2006!

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 6:32 p.m. CST

    I *do* have a region-free player...

    by Roj Blake

    ...which I also bought specifically to *view* the new Who series. However, I have yet to *buy* any R2 discs. (Note the subtle difference between "view" and "buy".)

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Davies is an idiot

    by Delete Me

    His episodes have been the worst of the series by far, and he's been wrecking Doctor Who by treating it like "The Rose Show" since its revival. If he leaves, all the better.

  • Oct. 19, 2005, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Davies is not an idiot

    by Roj Blake

    Maybe he's crafted a show that's not to your liking, but I've been a DW fan since my teens, and it's very much to *my* liking. It's a refreshing change - dare I say - "Just what the Doctor ordered". My advice to you would be to simply not tune in. Then we'll both be happy.

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 12:48 a.m. CST

    TORCHWOOD is on!

    by Barrymore

    I've just heard that there will be a...a...SPINOFF to Doctor Who, called Torchwood. It's about a team of evil aliens who are afraid of wood, and go to different panets burning up trees. Sounds FANTASTIC!

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 10:02 a.m. CST

    DOCTOR WHO REVIVED!!!

    by koomoReborn

    I've just heard that an old show called Doctor Who is going to be back on the air. Can anyone conform this please?

  • Oct. 20, 2005, 11:58 a.m. CST

    LOL, thanks koomo!

    by Mockingbird Girl

    Yeah, before anyone else mentions TORCHWOOD or Region-1 DVDs, it would be nice if they read the previous posts... ;-)

  • Oct. 21, 2005, 4:19 a.m. CST

    TORCHWOOD in 2006

    by Barrymore

    A new spin-off from Doctor Who has been officially announced and it will air sometime in 2006! If the ratings are good enough, it may even be picked up for a second season! It will air on BBC3, which is in the UK! Someday the episodes may be put on shiny round discs called DVDs and put on sale for people to buy with money! Good night, and good luck.