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John and Carole Barrowman signing Torchwood: Exodus Code

Forbidden Planet are delighted to announce a signing by John and Carole E Barrowman for Torchwood: Exodus Code (BBC Books) at our London Megastore on Thursday September 20th, from 6 – 7pm.

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It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice – the Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales. Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there’s not much of Torchwood left.

Captain Jack has tracked the problem to its source: a village in Peru, where he’s uncovered evidence of alien involvement. In Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something alien and somehow connected to Jack. If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him – but she’s quickly becoming a victim of the madness too…

John became Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who in May 2005 and appeared in eleven episodes of the hit show, before taking the lead role in Torchwood. He’s had starring roles on stage and television, including his popular BBC entertainment show Tonight’s The Night.

Carole is Professor of English and Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College in Milwaukee. She writes a monthly crime fiction column and regular reviews and features for newspapers. She contributed a chapter to the Hugo award-winning non-fiction anthology Chicks Dig Time Lords.

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Torchwood: Miracle Day sneak peek

Here’s an action-packed 11-minute behind-the-scenes featurette from Torchwood: Miracle Day. As always, possible spoilers… But who cares, I’m too excited to wait!

Torchwood: Miracle Day will air on Starz Friday 8th July at 10pm in the U.S. and on Thursday 14th July at 9pm on BBC One in the U.K.

Torchwood: Miracle Day trailer

New longer and better quality Torchwood: Miracle Day trailer. Also without the annoying Access Hollywood voiceover.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m finding myself more excited by Torchwood these days than Doctor Who. Perhaps it’s because Torchwood is darker in tone. The themes they deal with make for highly compelling stories. Perhaps it’s time for the Doctor Who script writers to up their game?

Torchwood returns

Popular Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood is set to return for a fourth series the BBC announced this week.

The 10 episode series is to be written by Torchwood’s creator Russell T Davies and his team and will be produced by BBC Worldwide productions. In a three way partnership with BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Worldwide and US cable network Starz Entertainment, the new storylines will include locations in the US and around the world for a more “international flavour” the BBC said.

John Barrowman will return as Captain Jack Harkness and Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, along with new cast members. No word on whether the Save Ianto Jones campaign has been successful in bringing back Captain Jack’s colleague and lover back after being killed in the five part series The Children of Earth.

This new version of Torchwood is expected to air during the summer of 2011 on BBC One in the U.K and on Starz in the U.S.

Official BBC Press release:

BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Worldwide and US premium entertainment network, Starz Entertainment, have today announced a three way co-production partnership that will develop a new series of the hit BBC sci-fi drama Torchwood. BBC Worldwide will also distribute the series to broadcasters globally.

The 10-episode instalment will be written by a team led by Torchwood creator, Russell T Davies, and produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Davies and BBC Worldwide Productions’ SVP Scripted, Julie Gardner, return as executive producers with BBC Worldwide Productions EVP Jane Tranter. The series has been commissioned by Controller BBC ONE, Jay Hunt, Controller BBC Drama, Ben Stephenson, and Starz President and CEO, Chris Albrecht.

While previous series were based on location in Cardiff, Wales, this new instalment will see storylines widen to include locations in the U.S. and around the world. John Barrowman and Eve Myles will return in their roles as Captain Jack and Gwen respectively, along with new faces.

Announcing the commission, Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning said: “We have a long history of working with many U.S. networks but it is incredibly exciting to be working with Starz for the first time, as well as to be reunited with the best of British in Russell, Jane and Julie. Torchwood will burst back onto the screen with a shocking and moving story with global stakes and locations that will make it feel bigger and bolder than ever”

Jane Tranter, EVP, BBC Worldwide Productions, added: “Torchwood has attracted remarkable attention and loyalty in both the UK and U.S., and in this new partnership with Starz, the next chapter will not only reward our current fans, but also introduce new viewers to the most impressive instalment yet.”

“We’re committed to programming exceptional television that is entertaining, imaginative and provides a premium TV experience, and by any measure the new concept for Torchwood fits that mandate,” Starz, LLC, President and CEO Chris Albrecht said. “I’ve been part of successful partnerships with Jane Tranter and the BBC previously, and I’m very much looking forward to working with them again.”

Torchwood is a drama that puts extraterrestrial threats into a very real world, and asks how humanity deals with the danger – while fighting human’s darkest instincts. The series was originally commissioned and produced in 2006 by BBC Cymru Wales, with the latest high octane series capturing UK audiences of more than 6 million.

BBC Worldwide has distributed previous Torchwood series around the world to territories such as Korea, Japan, Italy, Spain, Israel, Russia and across Latin America.

Review – Torchwood: Children of Earth

Torchwood’s third series was always going to be an exciting event. Why? Because over 5 consecutive nights we were going to be treated to one hour episodes telling one big story. And it certainly didn’t disappoint the Gay Sci-Fi Nerds here in creamy Devonshire.

Torchwood always explored the darker side of the Doctor Who universe, but the Children of Earth turned out to be one of the darkest sci-fi series the BBC has ever produced. The Children of Earth sees an unknown threat taking over the minds of all the children on Earth as a means of communication, scenes which reminded be of the Village of the Damned. As the story unfolds we see not only the British Government’s prior involvement with the alien entities, but that of Torchwood’s too. Something that comes back to haunt Captain Jack Harkness. Rather than seeking help from Torchwood, the Government decides to deny prior engagement and hunts down Jack, Gwen and Ianto.

Family being at the core of this tale, we see Jack’s daughter and grandson, Ianto’s sister and her family and Gwen and Rhys’ shock surprise at her pregnancy. Added to that there’s is the alien threat over the children of earth and the disgusting solution the Government comes up with. And caught in the middle is the poor civil servant, John Frobisher who is force to take drastic action to keep the Government’s secrets and his family safe from harm.

The juxtaposition of Jack’s and Frobisher’s actions are perhaps the most poignant in the Children of Earth. One having to make a painful sacrifice and the other unwilling to do so. Both betraying and causing the deaths of family.

With the already diminished Torchwood team of Captain Jack Harness, Gwen Copper and Ianto Jones, death, betrayal and murder, made for compulsive viewing, especially in hi-def. Add the extra creepy factor of the possession of all of the Earth’s children, Torchwood out shone the last few fairings offered by Doctor Who. We can only hope that David Tennant’s departure will be as gripping.

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