Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Captains Jacks Daughter


So far, this is the only photograph of Captain Jack Harkness daughter Alice, played by Lucy Cohu (blown up from a small one in a magazine), I doubt her surname is Harkness! She is rumoured to have a son too, who will be Jacks grandson!

Jack and Alice look the same age, I get older, and you stay the same, says Alice, heartbroken.

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More News of the TW Radio Times Special Edition

The latest issue of Radio Times boasts a stunning gatefold cover for Children of Earth, which features Captain Jack on the front with the tagline “Five episodes… five nights… and one great big explosive story”. The cover folds out to reveal Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones and Rhys Williams standing in the wreckage of the Torchwood Hub.

Inside the magazine, there’s an exclusive preview of the mini-series as well as interviews with the cast and crew, which include some controversial comments made by John Barrowman, picked up by various tabloids and websites today, regarding the BBC’s decision to cut down Series 3 to just 5 episodes.

You can read the full interviews, and check out the tantalizing previews, in the latest issue of Radio Times, out now at the usual price of £1.10. And with just under a week to go until the series officially hits our screens, expect lots more media coverage as we get ever nearer to launch day! 6 days to go!

Hidden Message in the TW Radio times Image


Heres a section of one of the Radio Times Torchwood Children Of Earth photographs, can you spot the hidden message? Its pretty easy really, the aliens are called the 456, and you can clearly see 456 in the picture!

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Another RTD Interview

NJ.com has an interview with Russell T Davies, which has a very interesting paragraph.

In conjunction with tomorrow's American debut of "Doctor Who: The Next Doctor," the first of five "Doctor Who" specials that will conclude the tenure of both star David Tennant and producer Russell T. Davies (you can read my review here), I spoke with Davies about saying goodbye to the character he helped resurrect, and about the upcoming miniseries "Torchwood: Children of Earth," which BBC America will be airing July 20-24.
Davies called me as I was finishing up the third episode of "Children of Earth" -- an exciting, epic story in which Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and his team deal with alien invaders who can make our world's children do whatever they want -- and so our discussion begins with that.
What was the impetus behind telling this particular "Torchwood" story?

The main impetus came because in Britain, we were shifting channels. We'd been on a smaller channel as a sci-fi cult show, but this is moving it onto BBC1. It's the main primetime channel, so we needed to do something bit. Also, although I created "Torchwood," I'd been away from it for a while. I wanted to do something new, a different type of storytelling, to give it a big kick and stretch myself as well. So all of that thinking led to a new format. They've been doing this (miniseries) format quite a bit in Britain, where you'll do five shows in five nights. It's a new form of storytelling that I loved, and when the offer came to make "Torchwood" part of this five nights a week thing, I jumped at it. I loved it.

So do you think, if BBC orders another series, you'll stick with this format?

I think it's hard to revert to the previous format having done this, but if BBC1 says, "We want to do 13 weeks like before," of course we're going to do 13 weeks. We can do all sorts of things. The six-part weekly thriller is another standard British format that we haven't tried yet. That's what's nice in this digital world: the platforms change, the digital tier gives you new options, and "Torchwood"s been at the forefront of it, since we started on a digital channel.

"Children of Earth" seems more epic, both in its scope and in the production values, than anything you did in the first two series.

Glad you said so. That was the aim. "Epic" was one of the keywords that we used. And it's quite important for newcomers to the show to know they can watch it from scratch. We're going to give them this big huge story where they can understand everything important in the first five minutes and go from there. I love telling stories about scale, and it's a big international story. But at the same time, even if you make things epic, no matter how big the threat is, you've got to have great characters, great actors at the center of it, so everything works on a personal level. So we've got John Barrowman doing wonderful work as Captain Jack, Eve (Myles) as Gwen Cooper, and everyone.

But when you're making an event, five nights a week, it would be wrong to tell a small, detailed domestic story. It's a brilliant production team, because we didn't have any increase in budget. It just looks like we did because they simply worked like dogs. The cast have worked hard, and it's made by people who love this, and with real passion. And the end result shines through.

You said before that you love stories about scale, which anyone watching your version of "Doctor Who" would already know. Every year, it seemed like the finales got bigger and bigger. Is one of the reasons you're leaving that you realized you couldn't top yourself anymore?

There's always further to go. I don't just increase things in scale because I'm mad. With "Doctor Who," every year the finale got bigger, and every year the rating got bigger. We were adding, like, 2 million viewers every year. That's been a great joy, and part of the whole game of "Doctor Who" is that the public joins in, word spreads, and more people watch. Increasing the scale of the program has literally paid off. If the viewers had been deserting the show, I would have done something different. When we get to David Tennant's finale, you will not believe the scale of it. But it's all about the acting in the end. Wait till you see David Tennant in his last episode, and John Barrowman in his last episode of "Children of Earth."

I'm unclear on the timing of this: were these five specials always designed to end David Tennant's time in the role, or did that happen after you started doing them?

No, we always knew they were going to be his last specials. It was his choice. When Steven Moffat took over the show, of course David wondered if he should be continuing, because of course Steven will be the most brilliant showrunner in the world.

It's funny, we've now all moved on, for the most part. We all feel that we've done the right thing. There's not one moment where we'd want to use a TARDIS to go back in and do over again. It's been good, it's been healthy, no regrets. If the handover had gone wrong, I would have felt terrible. We've protected the show, and kept it enshrined for the people in the UK.

I've only seen two of the specials so far, but there's this recurring theme about The Doctor not wanting to take on a new companion because of what happened in "Journey's End."

Poor Donna Noble.

You're a bastard, by the way.

Ha ha ha! He just called me a bastard. Ha ha ha ha!

Well, is there a specific character arc to these specials?

It's what I love about "Doctor Who." It's 46 years old, and now in my final year, we discover there's still a brand new way of telling the stories, which is The Doctor traveling on his own, which was done only once in the old years, Tom Baker with "The Deadly Asssassin." it gives us a chance for him to have a different companion every time. In "Planet of the Dead," we have Michelle Ryan, and in "The Waters of Mars," we've got Lindsey Duncan as the companion; she's almost 60 years old, quite a brilliant actress, a different way than we've gone previously. In the finale, it's Bernie Cribbens, who played Donna Noble's grandfather.

The bigger picture is why The Doctor's traveling alone -- because he's heartbroken, because he loses too much in the end (each time). This is an arc over these last few specials, gradually, especially in "Waters of Mars," which comes up in November, we discover that he travels with a human because he needs a human. He's too powerful, and without that (human with him), he can become a dangerous man. Donna pointed that out to him in her very first story, "The Runaway Bride." That is a story we're telling. We're sort of all heading towards series 5 and the new Doctor and the new companion, played by Karen Gillan. I think it's a nice set-up for her, in that The Doctor needs a companion and we're going to understand why.

Given what you said before about the lack of regrets, I'm guessing the answer's no, but are there any stories you wanted to tell with this series that you didn't get to?

Not really. Obviously, because I knew almost two years ago that I was leaving, I started thinking about stories. Other dramas I wanted to tell. Every now and then an idea will come into my head, though. I think there's a very good "Doctor Who" story to be told about Twitter, about the idea of communicating in 140 characters. There's a story somewhere, but I wouldn't be surprised if someone on the (new writing) team is thinking of that. They don't need me anymore. And I cannot tell you how much I'm looking forward to being a viewer. Other than the movie (1996's American-produced "Doctor Who" pilot), the last time I got a chance to sit down and watch a brand new series was 21 years ago. So I'm dying!

So have you asked Steven not to tell you anything about what he's doing?

I can't help overhearing little things. I already know far too much. And one or two things he had to check with me to make sure we could overlap material. What I do know is so exciting.

I want to go back to when you took over the franchise. What was the mandate you had in mind for yourself?

Simply, the one very clear thing I wanted to do at the beginning was to get a new audience, and a permanent audience. Because of "Doctor Who"'s long history -- he ran on BBC1 for so many years -- I knew we would get some old viewers who remembered the character fondly, but that simply wasn't enough for me. The BBC is funded by the public in Britain. So we're making a very expensive show, paid for by the public, so I thought I had a duty to spend that money well, and get as many of the public watching as possible, This wasn't a time to make a niche show, and that's so foften what British science fiction is. I knew it had to be lifted out into the mainstream. There was no precedent for that ever happening in Britain.

I wanted children watching. I thought if you're going to bring back this character, you want him to appeal to children; you want a child who, in 40 years time, will be me, bringing the character back again. It deserves the status of being like Robin Hood or Merlin or James Bond -- those rare British cultural figures who just run and run. I worried that, if I'd fumbled it on this reusrrection, it would have been fumbled for a few decades.

And we got lucky in the timing, If we'd been five years later, we would never have been able to afford the program I wanted to make. I wanted it to be expensive. I'm not saying all good television is expensive, because I've worked on some of the cheapest shows in trhe world. But the ambition, and the big picture, and the epic intimacy demanded that. And then all of this was theory, and none of us knew if it would work, but we got on air, and it worked, and it's been wonderful.

And all of that money is very clearly there on the screen, where the original series always looked so incredibly cheap: lots of stories with only one or two settings and minimal movement, where you're all over the place with the action and the special effects.

I so respect those old production teams because having made the show, I can't imagine how they made it on 1/10th of the budget that I had. And they made something I loved all my life. They found different ways of launching themselves into children's memories.

Was Christopher Eccleston always only going to do it for a year?

That was always the plan, and then the plan got fumbled because the newspapers found out about it. Can you imagine what a shock that regeneration would have been if they hadn't known? We got better at that over the years, found ways to keep other secrets. Nonetheless, Chris Eccleston is just a blazing comet of talent, and we are lucky to have had him for even a short time. I'm so grateful to have had him.

And then you got David Tennant, who many people insist is the best Doctor ever.

We cast Chris, and we thought, "Brilliant, but what the hell do we do next? Surely, there's no one who can be on a par with Chris." And the gods were smiling with us when we found David. Just to see him do this, at the same time he's doing "Hamlet" at the Royal Shakespeare Company, I'm so lucky just to have caught hold of that man for a short while.

Was it a coincidence or by design that all of the major companions during your run were women?

It's by design, to be honest. The show has had male companions in the past, and there have been times when he's had three or four companions at the same time, but if you strip the show down to its essentials, it's one man, and one woman. I don't think I would have been happy if it was just two men in the TARDIS. In the year 2009, still, there aren't enough lead roles for women, anyway. At the same time, we introduced Captain Jack, who was a companion for a time before we put him in "Torchwood."

There was that moment where you revealed that Jack would eventually live so long that he'd become the Face of Boe. Was this something you planned all along with the character?

It wasn't exactly planned. I did spend a long time thinking about Jack's immortality, and one day it occured to me there was another immortal character on the show. It made me laugh. To be honest, on the screen, it's couched in terms that are not absolute gospel. There are these spin-off books and comic books, and every now and then I'll see a script for one where they say definitively that he's the Face of Boe, and I always stop those from being printed. I have my own personal theories, but the moment it became very true or very false, the joke dies.

In general, though, how much long-term planning was there in the series? You got a lot of mileage out of cutting off The Doctor's hand in "The Christmas Invasion," for instance.

I did, didn't I? It's hard to say. Some things are planned. There was never a rigid plan that I followed for five years and never deviated. But the important thing is, I was thinking about "Doctor Who" more than I should have every day. Even the strongest fan of "Doctor Who" will think about "Doctor Who" a lot, then go on to their regular job, and I was thinking about "Doctor Who" all day, every day.

It's like having a great big play shop, I would introduce things like The Doctor having his hand cut off, and I realized I could bring it back in "Torchwood." What you don't notice are the things I introduce that I don't bring back. It's a more ruthless process than it is whimsical. Actually, it's very diligent about what makes sense, and I'm very careful about not losing an audience. If their enjoyment depends on them emorizing a bit of dialogue for 40 episodes earlier, you're in trouble. But we cut his hand off in a special that aired on Christmas, that almost ten million people in Britain watched at the time, and I thought they'd remember that. I can't say that I ever knew that three years later it would end up saving his lfie, but the potential was there. I know my own mind and it's always prodding the idea and finding ways to push it forward. If "plan" means having everything constantly in flux, then that is what we had.

In terms of an idea that you introduced and didn't bring back, it's implied at the end of "Journey's End" that Martha and Mickey are going to join "Torchwood," but they're not in "Children of Earth."

That was genuinely a potential idea. We did actually investigate that, and we did plan to use Martha and Mickey, and then Freema (Agyeman) was cast in "Law & Order: UK," and she was absolutely fantastic in it, and this was before we could confirm the commission of "Torchwood," and it's 13 episodes a year instead of five besides, so lovely, lovely Freema has got a job for life, so of course she went and did that. We're friends, we're in constant contact, and we were able to adapt, so we brought in Cush Jumbo as Lois Habiba, who's kind of the Martha figure. She doesn't act like a Martha clone at all, she's much more innocent and out of her depth. It's plate spinning, it's like that, you just keep things spinning. It was a possible plan, didn't work out, but if there's a "Torchwood" 4, and Freema's available, maybe we could use her again.

Getting back to the idea of scale, one of my favorite "Doctor Who" episodes that you wrote was sort of the opposite of that: "Midnight," which was this low-budget but extremely creepy story with The Doctor stuck on the train with the woman who kept repeating everything and the paranoid passengers.

You'd be surprised by how not low-budget that is. That set is four walls, and a very robust set, and we had to book a whole cast every day for two weeks, because they had to be there all the time. Actors are normally split up, and that was very actor-intensive. We didn't do it to be cheap, but I thought with the great big epic arias at the end of that series, it was time to be more intimate right beforehand. I thought of that idea as I was coming to the end of my time on "Doctor Who." That idea had been in my head itching away -- "What if you spoke to someone who repeats everything you've said for the whole episode?" -- and I had to do that episode before I left. I had to see if it worked. And it worked. That's a great big token of the freedom that the BBC gives us. On a great big popular expensive show, they allowed me to experiment.

If you had to pick a moment, or several moments, from your tenure that you're especially proud of -- that exemplify what you were trying to do with "Doctor Who" -- what would you pick?

The problem is, there's hundreds of them. Because I was so stepped in the show, it's very interesting to go back to the very first episode -- and to be blunt, we hit the ground running with it. That episode is the template for everything we did since. It has the companion being as strong as The Doctor, it brings back an old monster. It's in modern-day urban London. The companion's family is important, the emotion is at the forefront, but there's comedy and chase scenes. Normally, you look at episode one of a long-running series and it seems ancient, and I'm very proud of it because I look at it, all your favorite (kinds of) moments are in episode one.

But there are so many. It ranges from Lesley Sharp in "Midnight" giving the most brilliant performance with David Tennant, to when we won the BAFTA Award. When they played the clips of the nominees for Best Drama in this big posh ceremony, those clips are very often people crying in the rain about serious issues -- Iraq war, or illness, or drug addiction, because that's what usually wins awards -- and in the middle of all this, the "Doctor Who" clip played of thousands of Daleks flying through the air, and then we won the award! It just showed that a program that is so much fun and has so many children watching and so much fantasy, to win a big proper televiison award like that was genuinely wonderful.

Can you go back and watch episodes that you wrote and produced and appreciate them as a "Doctor Who" fan? Or are you too occupied thinking of how the sausage got made?

I don't know if this is good or bad, but I've always been able to sit and watch my own stuff and enjoy it. Sometimes, I'll sit down and I'll just catch an episode by chance. I caught the Shakespeare episode ("The Shakespeare Code") by chance the other night and I thought it was magnificent. I really, really can watch it as a viewer. I always cultivated that in my head, you have to train yourself to watch it as brand-new, so you can see its faults and its strengths, so I've always been good at it. So I can watch it on repeats. I still love them. And thankfully, I love watching the old show as much as I did. I can still watch the old classics from the 70s and be as happy as I was when I was a kid.

And its really looking like the Waters of Mars may be broadcast in November, not on Halloween as I have predictod, but a lot can happen before then :)

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New Australian Tw Trailer

Filming SJA yesterday at the International gallery (29/06/09)



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Digital Spy TW Spoilers

Digital Spy have 10 teasers/spoilers for Torchwood Children Of Earth online, but some are just hints.

The third series of Torchwood finally airs on BBC One next week as an explosive, five-consecutive-days event broadcast. To celebrate, we're going Torchwood-crazy this week on Tube Talk - as well as hints on what to expect from Children Of Earth, we'll also be bringing you exclusive interviews with the returning cast. (If you're not a fan of Torchwood, you may want to deflect your allegiance from Tube Talk to our downmarket sister blog Soap Scoop for this week only).

To kick off Torchwood Week, we present ten tantalising teasers (don't you just love alliteration?) about the first episode, which airs next Monday at 9pm.

1. Children Of Earth has a slightly terrifying premise: all of the children in the world stop dead at exactly the same moment and begin uttering the message "We are coming." All of them. And all in English, too.

2. The "we" is revealed to be an alien race dubbed The 456, not heard from in over 40 years.

3. In addition to the children, there is one other person reciting the message - a psychiatric patient named Timothy White. What connection does this have to an incident in Scotland in 1965?

4. Captain Jack and Ianto are referred to as "a couple" on more than one occasion.

5. As the episode begins, Rhys is looking at new houses for him and Gwen. But by the end of the episode, she has a very large secret she needs to share with him.

6. Both Owen and Tosh make appearances.

7. We meet Ianto's sister, nephew and niece. How will he respond to confirmed sightings of him on a dinner date with a man?

8. We also meet Captain Jack's.... daughter. Yes, daughter.

9. By the end of the episode, both Jack and Gwen have something inside them. Both items will change their worlds forever.

10. The ending to the first episode is probably one of the most compelling cliffhangers the Whoniverse has ever seen.

Expanding some further, warning spoilers...

05) Could this be Gwens pregnancy?

09) Gwen has a baby inside her, but what about Jack? Something from the 456? Or perhaps its Ianto (sorry :) )

10) Torchwood Cardiff explodes.

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RTD Interview

Outgoing showrunner Russell T Davies has given an interview to BBC Radio Four's Front Row.

He talked about Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

The programme can be heard on the BBC iPlayer for the next six days.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00l9s0x/Front_Row_29_06_2009/

Monday, 29 June 2009

TW Children of Earth BBC One Trailer 2 International version

Second Torchwood trailer airs on BBC One

A second trailer for the third series of Torchwood, Children of Earth, has aired on BBC One!

The latest preview is a slightly reworked version of the first, but still just as epic and with lots of new clips and dialogue from the mini-series, which kicks off on BBC One at 9:00PM on Monday 6th July.

You can see the trailer below:

I hope to have an international version soon if not tomorrow at the latest

TW Children of Earth First Review (Spoilers)

Digital Spy have the first review of the first three episodes of Torchwood Children of Earth...

It contains spoilers, so beware.

Bloody Torchwood! They've kept us waiting ages for their new adventures following the emotional overload of the brilliant second season. But now that the hankies have dried and Owen and Tosh are but distant memories, is Torchwood: Children Of Earth worth the upgrade to BBC One? Well, we've seen the first three episodes and it's highly impressive. Read on for our spoiler-light verdict...

The amazing opening episode 'Day One' hits the ground running, beginning with a mysterious event in 1965 Scotland before zapping forward to the present day and some possessed children. With the move to BBC One hopefully bringing in a broader audience, Russell T Davies's script economically and seamlessly manages to re-establish the show's trio of surviving regular characters for new viewers without alienating the existing fans. In particular, Jack and Ianto's hospital-based introduction - involving a very nasty hitchhiker blended with some light-hearted banter - is a delight to watch. Twin Peaks fans should keep their eyes peeled for a damn fine in-joke involving an estate agent too.

Evoking the great Quatermass adventures, the episode generates a terrific amount of suspense with the impending arrival of an alien entity on Earth. Just what are they, what do they want and why are they using the world's children, in a sequence of chilling scenes, to announce their intentions? Possible answers gradually emerge, although the second episode does shift the main focus towards the British government's devious exploits and a fight for survival for the Torchwood crew. Liz May Brice is compelling as the uber-mean bitch baddie who makes it her mission to scrap Jack. For a ruthless assassin, she certainly sets the pulse racing!

Creating believable and appealing supporting characters has been RTD's forte in recent years, and 'Children Of Earth' doesn't disappoint. A young NHS Doctor called Rupesh is a seemingly harmless addition, eager to please Captain Jack; a troubled man with a highly disturbed past called Timothy White, played by the ever dependable Paul Copley, generates plenty of pathos; and a Home Office PA called Lois stumbles across something very shocking indeed on her computer - a blank page of all things! All these characters are cleverly interwoven into the plot, although they might not all be what they seem.

At times, 'Day Two' does pale in comparison to the opening instalment, which bears one of the most explosive and ingenious cliffhangers in the history of the Whoniverse. But while the foot is taken off the gas and the various plot threads are not balanced well enough, the episode does allow us some precious time with Deputy Andy, Gwen's bloke Rhys, Ianto's family and someone very precious to Captain Jack - thankfully not his wooden brother Gray.
The fiery arrival of an alien visitor in 'Day Three' is expertly handled by director Euros Lyn. It's a lesson in establishing and sustaining suspense, as we are given quick flashes of what creature is lurking in the mist, accompanied by some horrific sound effects. The power of imagination really takes a horrifying grip while we wait for the grand reveal... which never comes! Well, not until the BBC lets us get our grubby little mitts on 'Day Four'.

Packed full of sparkling lines ("Have you gone bender?"), stunning twists, deep emotions dealing with Jack's immortality and some corking action sequences involving Ianto and a JCB, Torchwood: Children Of Earth is an exciting, funny and creepy enterprise over its first three episodes. It's not perfect, though, as the second and third episodes don't fully capitalise on the masterpiece that is 'Day One'. Despite many inspired moments, there is the nagging feeling that the plot is being stretched too much to fill time when we'd rather devour a Deep Pan than a Thin Crust.

Overall, the shortened third season of Torchwood looks like it's hurtling towards a thrilling final two hours. There's certainly an epic, global feel to the plot - bolstered by the appearance of a familiar American newsreader - and this feels like real event television and deserves to be a success. Just wait until you see the jaw-dropping revelation at the end of 'Day Three'. Someone's been a naughty boy...

It appears we learn Jack not only has a Daughter, but a grandson too!

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TW on Radio

Torchwood comes to BBC Radio Four this week with a specially commissioned series of three plays occupying the long running Afternoon Play slot.

Starring John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloydthe 45 minute plays will be transmitted at 2.15pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Once transmitted they can be downloaded from the BBC iPlayer for a period of 1 week.

Asylum Wednesday 1 July 2009
When PC Andy arrests a teenager for shoplifting, he thinks it is going to be a routine case. Then he sees the weapon she is carrying and decides to call in the Torchwood team.
By Anita Sullivan.

Golden Age Thursday 2 July 2009
The Torchwood team are led to Delhi on the trail of a dangerous energy field.
By James Goss.

The Dead Line Friday 3 July 2009
When a Cardiff hospital is inundated with patients who have fallen into coma – like trances, Torchwood move in to investigate.
By Phil Ford.

Tennant Denies 11 Doctors to appear Rumor

David Tennant has responded to the recent tabloid rumours which claimed that all of the Doctors, including Matt Smith, will be coming together for a special Children in Need mini-episode later this year.

The Scottish actor, who will next month be attending this year’s San Diego Comic-Con alongside Doctor Who’s outgoing showrunner, Russell T Davies, told The Chicago Tribune that he hasn’t been told anything about the proposed charity sketch.

“Ooooh, that sounds like a good tabloid wheeze!” he said. “It’s not something I’ve heard anything about, and I would have thought they’d be in touch. But that’d be quite a curious way to introduce Matt Smith. I’d have thought they’d wait until his first story. Not anything I’ve heard about yet.”

He went on to talk about his last day on the Doctor Who set, and how he felt when he recorded his final ever scene in role as the Time Lord…

“I’m all finished. Three or four weeks ago, I filmed my last scene, so it’s over. Still a long time to go before they’re all broadcast, though, so I’m still clinging on for a bit!”

He added: “But yeah, it’s done. It was very emotional, very exciting. We managed to go out with some of the best scripts I had in four years, so it was a real treat.”

David Tennant’s last ever Doctor Who story, a two-parter, will air on BBC One at the end of the year.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Download On-outside-it looked like old Fashioned Police Box

Now you can now download On the Outside it Looked Like an Old Fashioned Police Box as a MP3 file and play it at your leisure :)

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The UK is getting hotter & The Temperature is rising


Is it hot enough for everyone? It hit 20 degrees in the UK yesterday, and it looks like the weather is here to stay (OK, some cloud too, but still heat!). Yesterday evening it was 24 degrees while driving :)

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TW Children of Earth BBC One Trailer

TW Children of Earth Up Close preview International . version

Thursday, 25 June 2009

TW Children of Earth UP Close Preview

DWM 410 Details

The 410th issue of Doctor Who Magazine, which features an exclusive interview with the Series 5 companion, Karen Gillan, was released in the UK today at the usual price of £3.99 (a bargain if you ask us!).

As well as the interview, in which Gillan talks about her audition, working with David Tennant and what she’s most looking forward to about filming with Matt Smith, the July edition also includes Russell’s latest Production Notes entry, and the outgoing showrunner reveals what happened on his last day at the Who studios.

Also inside, Doctor Who’s executive producer for the last six years, Julie Gardner, talks about leaving the series and how the show has changed and developed since 2003, and the Watcher proudly presents everything you ever wanted to know about Tom Baker’s incarnation of the Time Lord, as his ultimate guide to the Doctors continues!

Meanwhile, with dinosaurs on the rampage and the Skith’s plans well advanced, could this be the final battle for Doctor and Majenta? All the answers are revealed in this month’s comic strip, The Age of Ice by Dan McDaid, with art by Martin Geraghty.

Plus, DWM chats exclusively to Chameleon Circuit, the new band that’s taking the music world by storm, and there’s all the latest news, previews, reviews, competitions and more!

Children of Earth TX Update

The BBC Press Office has been updated with the finalised scheduling information for the transmission of Torchwood: Children of Earth!

As was already confirmed, the first episode of the mini-series, Day One, will air on BBC One, and simultaneously on BBC HD, at 9:00PM on Monday 6th July.

The remaining four installments will transmit at the same time - 9:00PM to 10:00PM - each night (Day Two on Tuesday 7th July, Day Three on Wednesday 8th July, Day Four on Thursday 9th July and Day Five on Friday 10th July).

That means our live Discussions for each episode will be opening at 10:00PM each night for you to share your inital thoughts about the story as it develops across the week.

And with just 11 days to go until the return of Jack, Ianto and Gwen, expect trailers to start airing across BBC wavelengths imminently!

TW Children of Earth BBC One Trailer

Load on TW Children of Earth promo Images

The Radio Times and The Medusa Cascade have a lot of promotional Torchwood Children Of Earth Photographs online.

You can see them below: via the links

http://the-medusa-cascade.com/gallery/index.php?cat=129
http://www.radiotimes.com/content/features/galleries/torchwood-children-of-earth/01/

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Scans Of TW in RT (27/06/ 03/07)



Note, these are provided for our friends in countries the Radio Times isn't available in :)

Next week has a Torchwood Children Of Earth special in the Radio Times, I should have scans online on Tuseday :)

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TW Children Of Earth TX Times Confirmed

Torchwood Children Of Earth finally has a transmission time, posted on many BBC sites! As expected it will be transmitted Monday-Friday at 9-10pm on BBC1 on the 6th-10th July!

Torchwood – Children Of Earth:
Day One Ep 1/5

Monday 6 July
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE

Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones (John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd) return for a new adventure in Torchwood – Children Of Earth, a five-part series for BBC One.

An ordinary day becomes one of terror, as every single child in the world stops. A message is sent to all the governments of Earth: "We are coming." But, as a trap closes around Captain Jack, the sins of the past are returning and long-forgotten events from 1965 threaten to reveal an awful truth.

Torchwood is forced underground as the government takes swift and brutal action. As members of the team are hunted down, Britain risks becoming a rogue state. Meanwhile, the mysterious and powerful 456 draws ever-closer.

Captain Jack, Gwen and Ianto are helpless as events escalate to such a degree that mankind faces the end of civilisation itself.

Torchwood – Children Of Earth:
Day Two Ep 2/5

Tuesday 7 July
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE

As the new Torchwood adventure continues, the team is forced underground when the government takes swift and brutal action. With members of the team being hunted down, only Lois holds the key to Torchwood's salvation. But she is helpless as her superiors make plans for the mysterious Floor 13.

Torchwood – Children Of Earth:
Day Three Ep 3/5

Wednesday 8 July
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE

The eyes of the world turn to Britain, as the 456 announce: "We are here," as the new Torchwood adventure continues. As a pillar of fire descends upon London, the members of Torchwood must battle to protect their own families as the fight gets personal. But will Clem's memories destroy everything?

Torchwood – Children Of Earth:
Day Four Ep 4/5

Thursday 9 July
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE

Torchwood finally learns the truth about the events of 1965, as the adventure continues. But Britain is in danger of becoming a rogue state, and everything now pivots around John Frobisher, as the Ambassador of the 456 destroys its old allegiances and reveals its true intent.

Torchwood – Children Of Earth:
Day Five Ep 5/5

Friday 10 July
9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE

Torchwood is defenceless and Gwen Cooper stands alone, as the final sanction begins, in the last part of the new Torchwood adventure.

As violence erupts and the world descends into anarchy, an ordinary housing estate becomes a battleground, where the future of the human race will be decided.

John Barrowman plays Captain Jack Harkness; Eve Myles plays Gwen Cooper; and Gareth David-Lloyd plays Ianto Jones. Torchwood also stars Kai Owen as Rhys Williams; Paul Copley (Coronation Street, The Bill) as Clem; Liz May Brice (Bad Girls, The Bill) as Johnson; Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, Skins) as John Frobisher; Lucy Cohu (Forgiven) as Alice Carter; Nicholas Farrell (Casualty 1909) as Brian Green; Susan Brown (Brideshead Revisited) as Bridget Spears; and Cush Jumbo (Harley Street) as Lois Habiba.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/proginfo/tv/2009/wk27/unplaced.shtml#unplaced_torchwood

RT Confirms UK TX Times for TW Children of Earth

This week’s issue of Radio Times, which includes a feature on the three upcoming Torchwood radio plays, has confirmed that Series 3, Children of Earth, will start airing on BBC One from Monday 6th July at 9:00PM!

While we already knew from the BBC Press Office that it would air at some point between 4th-10th July (television Week 27), the 5-part series still remains as “unplaced” on the BBC schedule.

However, it still remains to be seen whether or not the four other installments of the series will be shown at the same time every night, or if the BBC have decided to shift it about the schedule in favour of its other dramas, such as Hotel Babylon, which currently occupies BBC One’s 9:00PM timelost for Friday 10th July

Torchwood: Children of Earth Broadcasting TX Update

A roundup of news for the broadcast of Torchwood: Children of Earth around the world.

United Kingdom (BBC1, 6th-10th July)
BBC Press Pack

  • The Radio Times website has now listed Torchwood as being broadcast from Monday 6th July from 9:00pm, and will be broadcast over consecutive nights.
  • The Guardian used Children of Earth's broadcast as the basis for an article on the role of the story-arc in science fiction.
  • The Examiner reports on the soundtrack for Children of Earth to be released in the UK on 7th July.
  • Press Pack coverage from io9, who also commented on the UK broadcast of Children of Earth ahead of the US broadcast (and spoilers revealed in the BBC Week 27 Information. Other articles on broadcast date from C21Media, Brand Republic, Rapid Talent, SF Crow's Nest, Coventry Telegraph, and Fantasy France.


United States (BBC America, 20th-24th July)

  • BBC America have provided an Inside Look video for the series. Details on the series that they produced were covered by Pop Culture Zoo
  • SF Universe carry an interview with John Barrowman; they also have an article of fun facts' about Torchwood. Another interview with John Barrowman from the Chicago Tribune, whilst Eve Myles was the subject of Wired.


Canada (SPACE, 20th-24th July)

  • Channel Canada report that the SPACE channel will broadcast the five-part series on consecutive days from the 20th July, and will be followed on the Saturday by the Canadian premiere of Planet of the Dead.


Australia (UKTV, date unknown)
Trailer 1 Trailer 2

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

More News on all 11th Doctors to Reunite in a special

According to The Mirror today, all eleven incarnations of the Doctor will unite in a special scene written exclusively for Children in Need 2009.

The report claims that the mini-episode, which will air in November as part of the BBC One’s appeal night for the charity, will see Matt Smith make his television debut as the Eleventh Doctor, alongside David Tennant (#10), Christopher Eccleston (#9), Paul McGann (#8), Sylvestor McCoy (#7), Colin Baker (#6), Peter Davison (#5) and Tom Baker (#4). The first three Doctors, William Hartnell, Partick Troughton and Jon Pertwee, will be included by using original shots from their tenures as the Time Lord and superimposing them onto the new footage.

“This is a momentous episode for all Doctor Who fans,” a source told the newspaper. ”Never before have all the Doctors been in the same room, let alone in the same show.”

They added: “The script has already been started and it’s classic Doctor Who - really witty and very sharp. Viewers will see the Time Lords regenerating and emerging one by one from the TARDIS, each with their own quirky opening line.”

It’s thought that the Tenth Doctor will call on his previous and future incarnations to help him track down a special piece of time travel apparatus.

Filming for the 15-minute sketch is said to begin in September. As always with these tabloid rumours, take the news with a pinch of salt until there’s any official word about it from the BBC!

DWM 410 Cover and Details


The cover for the 410th issue of Doctor Who Magazine has been unveiled, and, naturally, the cover star for July is the new Series 5 companion - Karen Gillan (looking particularly fetching in a green jacket!)

Inside the issue, which is out this coming Thursday (25th June 2009), there’s an exclusive interview with the Scottish actress, who shares her initial thoughts about being cast as the iconic role, and how she’s preparing herself for the filming of the new series!

Also inside, there’s a preview of Series 3 of Torchwood, Children of Earth, and the chance to win a copy of this year’s Doctor Who Easter special, Planet of the Dead, on Blu-ray.

A more detailed press release will be issued alongside the magazine’s release later this week, so we’ll keep you updated!

All 11 Timelords to Unite for a special (spoiler)

The Mirror has an interesting story today, but is it rumour or real? They claim all eleven Doctors are to be reunited! They aren't known for getting insider information correct though!

They claim a 15 minute one off special starts filming in September for Children In Need, to be transmitted in November, and will feature all living Doctors, and the three we have sadly lost in archive footage!

If you remember Russell T Davies did say there was one more project he wanted David Tennant to be part of here, so could this be it I wonder? It would be great, but I remain unconvinced ATM! Wasn't this rumour around when Nine became Ten?

A one-off special of Doctor Who is set to bring all 11 incarnations of the Time Lord together for the first time.

The episode will see new Doctor Matt Smith, 26, make his debut, joining David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston and old favourites including Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy.

The 15-minute show, which starts filming in September, will be shown in November as part of BBC1’s Children in Need appeal.

The stars have waived their fees for the show, in which the 10th doctor, played by Tennant, gets some help from the others to carry out a mission.

The three deceased Time Lords – William Hartnell, Jon Pertwee and Patrick Troughton – will be included by using images from their original shows, stretching from 1966 to 1974.

A source said: “This is a momentous episode for all Doctor Who fans. Never before have all the Doctors been in the same room, let alone in the same show.

“It’s been a logistical nightmare getting all the actors together and available for shooting on the same days.

“But the script has already been started and it’s classic Doctor Who – really witty and very sharp.

“Viewers will see the Time Lords regenerating and emerging one by one from the Tardis, each with their own quirky opening line.

“David Tennant is the central character in the episode. He’s trying to hunt down some special time travel apparatus.

“What he’s actually lost has not yet been decided, but the idea is for all the other Doctors to club together to help David find it.

“The actors who are no longer with us, William, Jon and Patrick, will make special cameo appearances, with footage from original shows being flashed up on screen.

“It’s a really exciting project – and all for a good cause.”

Rose Tyler, the Doctor’s assistant recently played by Billie Piper, is not thought to feature in the one-off BBC1 programme.

This is not the first Doctor Who special. Three years ago, Piper and Tennant filmed a show in Barcelona for Children in Need, while the first festive special aired on Christmas Day 2005.

Nor is it the first time all the Doctors have featured in a show – in 1983, the five Doctors to date were reunited for a Children in Need special called The Five Doctors. In 1993 the Children in Need special Dimensions in Time reunited Doctors three to seven.

A BBC spokesman said last night: “Nothing has been finalised yet, although there is discussion of a Children in Need Doctor Who special. It is too early to say what.”

WILLIAM HARTNELL

1963-1966

Loved the role because of the affection kids had for the Doctor and personally suggested Troughton as a replacement.

PATRICK TROUGHTON

1966 -1969

Chosen because of his reputation as a character actor. Died in 1987.

JON PERTWEE

1970-1974

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Had a fancy fashion sense, James Bond-like gadgets and a vintage car nicknamed Bessie.

TOM BAKER

1974-1981

Played the Doctor for the longest time. Famous for his long scarf and mop of curly hair.

PETER DAVISON

1981-1984

Becoming the Doctor aged 29, Davison has since said he believes he was too young to play the character.

COLIN BAKER

1984-1986

Baker returned the Doctor to his more crotchety alien roots.

Sylvester McCoy

1987-1989

His clown-like approach began to annoy fans.

Paul McGann

1996

Starred in the Doctor Who television movie.

CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTONE

2005

Quit after just one series as he feared becoming typecast.

DAVID TENNANT

2005-2009

A huge fan, he already had roles in radio and cartoon episodes and was a candidate to be the ninth Doctor.

MATT SMITH

2009-?

At 26, the youngest Time Lord. He was one of the first to audition after Tennant quit.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2009/06/23/doctor-who-exclusive-all-11-timelords-to-unite-for-mission-115875-21463519/
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Filming SJA series 3 yesterday (21/05/09)




Today they returned to the International Gallery, this time for filming the Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3. Sadly, all filming was inside so all that is available are these!

Thanx go to Alun.Vega for these great photographs!
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348 Uses For the Sonic Screwdriver

Mark Gatiss Presents Doctor Who Documentary

Written and presented by Mark Gatiss, 'On The Outside It Looked Like An Old Fashioned Police Box' is a special one-off radio documentary looking at the Doctor Who novelisations published by Target in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

Before the dawn of Home Video and whilst DVDs were still a laughable feature on Tomorrow's World, the only way viewers could have anything approaching a full 'copy' of a Doctor Who adventure would be to get hold of a Target novelisation. These were often penned by the show's script writers and boasted striking and stylised covers. They proved immensely popular and the series ran for around twenty years, gathering millions of readers for whom the books offered the only way to catch up with the Doctor's early exploits.

Mark Gatiss is already familiar as the writer of The Unquiet Dead and The Idiot's Lantern and he starred as Richard Lazarus in series 3's The Lazarus Experiment. But it was Mark's knowledge and enthusiasm as a fan of Doctor Who which proved invaluable for this examination of yesteryear's must-reads. He's joined by - amongst others - Executive Producer Russell T. Davies and script editor Gary Russell who recall their affection for the Target range which ultimately expanded to a library of over 150 titles.

On The Outside It Looked Like An Old Fashioned Police Box was produced by Simon Hollis and is available in the UK on BBC iPlayer for a limited period of time.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00l59rk/On_the_Outside_it_Looked_Like_an_Old_Fashioned_Police_Box

Saturday, 20 June 2009

TW Children Of Earth wallpaper

Recently I talked about some Torchwood Children of Earth Wallpaper would be released soon, here is some;

http://virunee.deviantart.com/art/Torchwood-Children-of-Earth-112079164
http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/262/torchwood-extras.jsp
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TW Children Of Earth Promo Images

Fanpop have some Torchwood Children Of Earth Promo Pictures, you can see them here.

http://www.fanpop.com/spots/torchwood/images/6457167

Target On Radio 4

In a new documentary, Mark Gatiss explores the history of the Target book range for BBC Radio Four.

In the days before domestic video players and multi channel Television, the only way for fans to relive Doctor Who episodes, or catch up with stories they had missed, was through the hugely popular Doctor Who novelisations, published throughout the 70's and 80's.

Gatiss, a self confessed Doctor Who fan, who has written and stared in the revived series, presents On the Outside it Looked Like an Old Fashioned Police Box. The documentary features some of the best excerpts from the books and interviews with publishers, house writers, illustrators and the actors whose adventures the books depicted.

The programme is on Radio Four on Tuesday 23rd June at 1130 BST. Radio Four can be heard across the UK and around the world via the BBC iPlayer. Once broadcast the programme will be availabe to listen again for seven days.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

DW The time Of My Life

TW Children of Earth Images






These are from the Torchwood Children Of Earth Press Pack, they aren't that big, and I'm expecting higher resolution wallpapers soon, but until then, you may find use for these!

TW Children of Earth TV Listings Descriptions

Reading the TV Listings for Torchwood Children Of Earth, here are the descriptions;

BTW The episodes are one each evening, and will be called Day 1 through to Day 5, rather then individual titles.

Day 1.
An ordinary day becomes one of terror, as every single child in the world stops. A message is sent to all the governments of Earth We are coming. But, as a trap closes around Captain Jack, the sins of the past are returning and long-forgotten events from 1965 threaten to reveal an awful truth. Torchwood is forced underground as the government takes swift and brutal action. As members of the team are hunted down, Britain risks becoming a rogue state. Meanwhile, the mysterious and powerful 456 draws ever-closer.

Day 2.
With members of the team being hunted down, only Lois holds the key to Torchwoods salvation. But she is helpless as her superiors make plans for the mysterious Floor 13.

Day 3.
As a pillar of fire descends upon London, the members of Torchwood must battle to protect their own families as the fight gets personal. But will Clems memories destroy everything?

Day 4.
Torchwood finally learns the truth about the events of 1965. But Britain is in danger of becoming a rogue state, and everything now pivots around John Frobisher, as the Ambassador of the 456 destroys its old allegiances and reveals its true intent.

Day 5.
Torchwood is defenceless and Gwen Cooper stands alone, as the final sanction begins. As violence erupts and the world descends into anarchy, an ordinary housing estate becomes a battleground, where the future of the human race will be decided.

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TW S1 Bloopers

DW & the Daleks @ The national Coal Mining Museum

Second Children of Earth trailer airs in Australia

Hot off the heels of yesterday’s Australian trailer for Children of Earth, a second teaser for the series has aired Down Under!

The latest trail is a chilling preview of Gwen’s speech, rumoured to be from episode 5. In the speech, she talks about the mysteries surrounding the Doctor. You can check it out below:

Confirmed TW Children of Earth Gets a UK TX(Transmission) Date

EP 1

Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones (John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd) return for a new adventure in Torchwood – Children Of Earth, a five-part series for BBC One.

An ordinary day becomes one of terror, as every single child in the world stops. A message is sent to all the governments of Earth: "We are coming." But, as a trap closes around Captain Jack, the sins of the past are returning and long-forgotten events from 1965 threaten to reveal an awful truth.

Torchwood is forced underground as the government takes swift and brutal action. As members of the team are hunted down, Britain risks becoming a rogue state. Meanwhile, the mysterious and powerful 456 draws ever-closer.

Captain Jack, Gwen and Ianto are helpless as events escalate to such a degree that mankind faces the end of civilisation itself.

John Barrowman plays Captain Jack Harkness; Eve Myles plays Gwen Cooper; and Gareth David-Lloyd plays Ianto Jones. Torchwood also stars Kai Owen as Rhys Williams; Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, Skins) as John Frobisher; Paul Copley (Coronation Street, The Bill) as Clem; Liz May Brice (Bad Girls, The Bill) as Johnson, Lucy Cohu (Forgiven) as Alice Carter; Nicholas Farrell (Casualty 1909) as Brian Green; Susan Brown (Brideshead Revisited) as Bridget Spears; and Cush Jumbo (Harley Street) as Lois Habiba.

EP 2

As the new Torchwood adventure continues, the team is forced underground when the government takes swift and brutal action. With members of the team being hunted down, only Lois holds the key to Torchwood's salvation. But she is helpless as her superiors make plans for the mysterious Floor 13.

John Barrowman plays Captain Jack Harkness; Eve Myles plays Gwen Cooper; Gareth David-Lloyd plays Ianto Jones; and Cush Jumbo (Harley Street) plays Lois Habiba. Torchwood also stars Kai Owen as Rhys Williams; Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, Skins) as John Frobisher; Paul Copley (Coronation Street, The Bill) as Clem; Liz May Brice (Bad Girls, The Bill) as Johnson, Lucy Cohu (Forgiven) as Alice Carter; Nicholas Farrell (Casualty 1909) as Brian Green; and Susan Brown (Brideshead Revisited) as Bridget Spears.

EP 3

The eyes of the world turn to Britain, as the 456 announce: "We are here," as the new Torchwood adventure continues. As a pillar of fire descends upon London, the members of Torchwood must battle to protect their own families as the fight gets personal. But will Clem's memories destroy everything?

John Barrowman plays Captain Jack Harkness; Eve Myles plays Gwen Cooper; and Gareth David-Lloyd plays Ianto Jones. Torchwood also stars Kai Owen as Rhys Williams; Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, Skins) as John Frobisher; Paul Copley (Coronation Street, The Bill) as Clem; Liz May Brice (Bad Girls, The Bill) as Johnson; Lucy Cohu (Forgiven) as Alice Carter; Nicholas Farrell (Casualty 1909) as Brian Green; Susan Brown (Brideshead Revisited) as Bridget Spears; and Cush Jumbo (Harley Street) as Lois Habiba.

EP 4

Torchwood finally learns the truth about the events of 1965, as the adventure continues. But Britain is in danger of becoming a rogue state, and everything now pivots around John Frobisher, as the Ambassador of the 456 destroys its old allegiances and reveals its true intent.

John Barrowman plays Captain Jack Harkness; Eve Myles plays Gwen Cooper; Gareth David-Lloyd plays Ianto Jones; and Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, Skins) plays John Frobisher. Torchwood also stars Kai Owen as Rhys Williams; Paul Copley (Coronation Street, The Bill) as Clem; Liz May Brice (Bad Girls, The Bill) as Johnson, Lucy Cohu (Forgiven) as Alice Carter; Nicholas Farrell (Casualty 1909) as Brian Green; Susan Brown (Brideshead Revisited) as Bridget Spears; and Cush Jumbo (Harley Street) as Lois Habiba.

EP 5

Torchwood is defenceless and Gwen Cooper stands alone, as the final sanction begins, in the last part of the new Torchwood adventure.

As violence erupts and the world descends into anarchy, an ordinary housing estate becomes a battleground, where the future of the human race will be decided.

John Barrowman plays Captain Jack Harkness; Eve Myles plays Gwen Cooper; and Gareth David-Lloyd plays Ianto Jones. Torchwood also stars Kai Owen as Rhys Williams; Paul Copley (Coronation Street, The Bill) as Clem; Liz May Brice (Bad Girls, The Bill) as Johnson; Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, Skins) as John Frobisher; Lucy Cohu (Forgiven) as Alice Carter; Nicholas Farrell (Casualty 1909) as Brian Green; Susan Brown (Brideshead Revisited) as Bridget Spears; and Cush Jumbo (Harley Street) as Lois Habiba.

All dates and times to be confirmed by BBC One

http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/proginfo/tv/2009/wk27/unplaced.shtml#unplaced_torchwood1

The BBC Press Office have released details for week 27, and confirms that Torchwood: Children of Earth will be broadcast during that week - 4th-10th July. The show is currently listed as "unplaced", meaning that the exact time and days have yet to be finalised.
Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones (John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd) return for a new adventure in Torchwood – Children Of Earth, a five-part series for BBC One.

An ordinary day becomes one of terror, as every single child in the world stops. A message is sent to all the governments of Earth: "We are coming." But, as a trap closes around Captain Jack, the sins of the past are returning and long-forgotten events from 1965 threaten to reveal an awful truth.

Torchwood is forced underground as the government takes swift and brutal action. As members of the team are hunted down, Britain risks becoming a rogue state. Meanwhile, the mysterious and powerful 456 draws ever-closer.

Captain Jack, Gwen and Ianto are helpless as events escalate to such a degree that mankind faces the end of civilisation itself.

John Barrowman plays Captain Jack Harkness; Eve Myles plays Gwen Cooper; and Gareth David-Lloyd plays Ianto Jones. Torchwood also stars Kai Owen as Rhys Williams; Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, Skins) as John Frobisher; Paul Copley (Coronation Street, The Bill) as Clem; Liz May Brice (Bad Girls, The Bill) as Johnson, Lucy Cohu (Forgiven) as Alice Carter; Nicholas Farrell (Casualty 1909) as Brian Green; Susan Brown (Brideshead Revisited) as Bridget Spears; and Cush Jumbo (Harley Street) as Lois Habiba.

Today the BBC announced the week Torchwood Children Of Earth is to be shown in the UK, 4th-10th July. Despite the BBC having previously stated this was to be a UK-USA simultaneous transmission, this now appears to be shown 2 weeks in the UK before the USA!

The US advertises Torchwood Children Of Earth is to be shown 20th-25th July in the USA, while it is on 6th-10th July in the UK.

The press release about UK transmission for week 27 is here. Despite no actual time shown, it is still expected to be on BBC1 at 9pm Monday-Friday.

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New Children of Earth promotional images released

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Tennant and Davis to attend SDCC(San Diego Comic Con) plus more details about the convention times and dates

Just announced: Special guests at this year's San Diego Comic-Con include new series creator Russell T. Davies and the show's lead actor, David Tennant. They will join former executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn on a special panel on Saturday, 26 July, 10:00 am - 11:00 am.

Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood is also returning to Comic-Con, with star John Barrowman appearing on a panel also featuring Davies, Gardner and Lyn. Sharing space at that panel will be the new BBC America series, Being Human. Creator and writer Toby Whithouse plus lead actors Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner, talk about the inspiration for the show and what it's like to play three twenty-somethings with secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost.

Fans can visit the BBC America booth (#3629) to capture their own photograph alongside part of the Doctor Who set as well as purchase exclusive merchandise including David Tennant figures.

Also featured will be exclusive previews of the upcoming Doctor Who specials and the final episode of Torchwood: Children of Earth.

Read more at the IGN website and the Action Figure Insider website.

It has been confirmed that Tenth Doctor actor David Tennant and Doctor Who’s outgoing showrunner Russell T Davies will be attending this year’s Comic-Con event in San Diego!

They’ll be taking part in a Q&A session alongside executive producer Julie Gardner and Euros Lyn, the director of several Who episodes including Tennant’s final two-parter, on Sunday 26th July 2009 between 10:00AM-11:00AM PT.

According to BBC America’s press release, the panel will be answering questions from audience members and there will be exclusive never-before-seen clips from Tennant’s remaining 3 specials. Fans attending the event will also have a chance to have their very own picture taken alongside part of a Doctor Who set!

Meanwhile, in the afternoon, between 2:15PM-3:45PM PT, John Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack in Torchwood, will be participating in a Q&A session with Torchwood creator Russell T Davies, its executive producer Julie Gardner, and director Euros Lyn. The panel will be discussing the third series of the Doctor Who spin off, Children of Earth.

IGN

BBC America has announced their Comic Con panels, and it includes a very big "get" – David Tennant appearing at the Doctor Who panel. This is of course the final year Tennant is playing The Doctor, in four specials that will end with him passing the torch to new Doctor, Matt Smith.

Tennant will appear alongside writer/executive producer Russell T. Davies at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego. They will take part in a Doctor Who panel along with executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn, Sunday July 26, 10:00-11:00am

Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood is also returning to Comic-Con, with star John Barrowman ("Jack Harkness") appearing on a panel also featuring Davies, Gardner and Lyn. Sharing space at that panel will be the new BBC America series, Being Human. Creator and writer, Toby Whithouse, plus lead actors Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner, talk about the inspiration for the show and what it's like to play three twenty-somethings with secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost.

BBC America also notes that the UK comedy The Mighty Boosh, which will be airing its three seasons on Adult Swim, will also have a Comic-Con panel, Friday, July 24, 4:45-5:45pm, with creators-stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, along with actors Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher and Dave Brown appearing.

Below is BBC AMERICA's Comic-Con Panel and Signing Schedule:

Friday, July 24
4:45-5:45pm The Mighty Boosh: creators-stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding along with actors Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher and Dave Brown will be on stage to discuss the magical, bizarre and exciting world of The Boosh, currently airing on Adult Swim and released on DVD by the BBC two days before the convention begins. The San Jose Mercury News describes the show as "an acid-trip fantasy-comedy [that] is seriously deranged and seriously funny." Room 6A

3:30-4:30pm The Mighty Boosh signing in the Autograph Area.

Saturday, July 25
3:00-4:00pm Being Human: creator Toby Whithouse and actors Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner signing at the BBC AMERICA booth (#3629).

7:30-10:00pm Torchwood/Doctor Who: Key talent from both shows introduce the last episode of the five part series Torchwood: Children of Earth and an advance viewing of Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, the first of four specials starring David Tennant. Room 6A

Sunday, July 26
10:00-11:00am Doctor Who: actor David Tennant, writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, director Euros Lyn and executive producer Julie Gardner discuss their creative process and experiences working on BBC AMERICA's Doctor Who with exclusive clips and a Q&A session. Ballroom 20

2:15-3:45pm Being Human/Torchwood: Being Human creator Toby Whithouse and cast members Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner, are on stage to give an inside look at BBC AMERICA's U.S. premiere sci-fi drama about the lives of three twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. Following that actor John Barrowman, creator/writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn talk about the making of the epic five-night television event Torchwood: Children of Earth as well as take questions from the fans. Room 6BCF

Action figure insider

New York, NY – June 17, 2009 – In support of BBC AMERICA’s U.S. premiere of four Doctor Who Specials, the Doctor himself, David Tennant, will appear alongside writer/executive producer Russell T Davies at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. They will take part in a Doctor Who panel along with executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn, Sunday July 26, 10:00-11:00am PT.

David will travel to Comic-Con, fresh from the Doctor Who set, having shot his final scenes as the tenth Time Lord. He and fellow panelists will discuss the latest incarnation of television’s longest running science fiction series and take questions from the floor. There will also be exclusive sneak peeks from the upcoming specials.

Fans can visit the BBC AMERICA booth (#3629) to capture their own photograph alongside part of the Doctor Who set – as well as purchase exclusive merchandise including David Tennant figures.

Fans of BBC AMERICA’s highest rated show ever, Torchwood,which will have just completed the five-part special, Children of Earth, will get to chat with the stars and makers of the show first-hand. Just 48 hours after the last episode, the show makes a return visit to Comic-Con with a panel featuring star John Barrowman, writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn, Sunday July 26, 2:15-3:45pm PT.

As part of the same panel, Sunday July 26, 2:15-3:45pm PT, catch the talent from BBC AMERICA’s most buzzed about new sci fi drama, Being Human. Creator and writer, Toby Whithouse, plus lead actors Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner,talk about the inspiration for the show and what it’s like to play three twenty-somethings with secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. All four panelists will be signing exclusively at the BBC AMERICA booth, Saturday July 25, 3:00-4:00pm PT.

Cult comedy favorite and BAFTA-nominated, The Mighty Boosh, comes to Comic-Con for the first time to celebrate the airing of all three seasons on Adult Swim, and the BBC’s DVD release, just two days before the convention begins. Inspired by the Perrier Comedy Award-winning live comedy show, creators-stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, along with actors Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher and Dave Brown,will be on stage to discuss the magical, bizarre and exciting world of The Boosh, Friday, July 24, 4:45-5:45pm. The hit UK comedy series follows crazy zookeepers Howard Moon and Vince Noir and was described by The San Jose Mercury News as “an acid-trip fantasy-comedy [that] is seriously deranged and seriously funny.”

Fans can also catch exclusive BBC AMERICA screenings during the convention with back to back episodes of Doctor Who and Torchwood. Key talent from both shows introduce the last episode of the five part series Torchwood: Children of Earth and a U.S. premiere viewing of Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, the first of four specials starring David Tennant.

Underground Toys (#3949) will be selling their entire Doctor Who and Torchwood lines of toys and novelty items. In addition, this year they will once again introduce new limited edition Comic-Con action figures that have never been seen before.






BBC AMERICA Comic-Con Panel and Signing Schedule

Friday, July 24

4:45-5:45pm The Mighty Boosh: creators-stars Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding along with actors Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher and Dave Brown will be on stage to discuss the magical, bizarre and exciting world of The Boosh, currently airing on Adult Swim and released on DVD by the BBC two days before the convention begins. The San Jose Mercury News describes the show as “an acid-trip fantasy-comedy [that] is seriously deranged and seriously funny.” Room 6A

3:30-4:30pm The Mighty Boosh signing in the Autograph Area.



Saturday, July 25

3:00-4:00pm Being Human: creator Toby Whithouse and actors Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner signing at the BBC AMERICA booth (#3629).

7:30-10:00pm Torchwood/Doctor Who: Key talent from both shows introduce the last episode of the five part series Torchwood: Children of Earth and an advance viewing of Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, the first of four specials starring David Tennant. Room 6A



Sunday, July 26

10:00-11:00am Doctor Who: actor David Tennant, writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, director Euros Lyn and executive producer Julie Gardner discuss their creative process and experiences working on BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who with exclusive clips and a Q&A session. Ballroom 20

2:15-3:45pm Being Human/Torchwood: Being Human creator Toby Whithouse and cast members Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner, are on stage to give an inside look at BBC AMERICA’s U.S. premiere sci-fi drama about the lives of three twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. Following that actor John Barrowman, creator/writer/executive producer Russell T Davies, executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn talk about the making of the epic five-night television event Torchwood: Children of Earth as well as take questions from the fans. Room 6BCF

TW Children of Earth BBC America Promo trailer

More Sun News

FORMER James Bond star Timothy Dalton goes from meeting Dr No to Doctor Who.
Timothy, 63, is set to appear with current Timelord David Tennant and co-star John Simm in this year's Christmas special.

He plays a judge who puts the Doctor on trial in an intergalactic trial - and will scare the Living Daylights out of him.

David, 38, will give up his tenancy in the starring role and hand over the reins to rising star Matt Smith, 26, at the end of this year.

TV Biz reckons arch-enemy The Master - a role which Simm, 38, has bleached his hair for - will be the one to see off the Doctor in his current human form.

Comic Catherine Tate, 41, will return for her third Christmas special as Donna Noble.

The Shakespearean actress first appeared in the Christmas Day 2007 episode called The Runaway Bride.

Sources say Donna WILL get married in this year's special.

We wonder Who will give her away

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/2484796/Who-to-a-kill.html

DW Why You don't believe everything you read in IMDB

Theres a lot of people quoting IMDB as source as to who is in Doctor Who season 5, but here is why you shouldn't.

Click here. Its Doctor Who season 5, complete with the Gillian Anderson as The Rani.
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And click on it.
Now enter your Registration details, its free.
And then you can enter whatever you like into Doctor Who season 5 (or anywhere)!

Thats why no-one should ever trust IMDB with unproven facts!

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Australian Children of Earth Trailer

As shown on UKTV an Australian Channel

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

TW To air in the UK on 6th July

Keeping track of when your favourite shows are back on the air is a difficult - and often quite stressful - chore. But worry no more! Tube Talk is here to help. Welcome to the Premiere List Page (the PLP, to its friends), your one-stop shop for all the latest premiere dates!

Programme Season Premiere date Time Network
CSI: Miami 7 End Jun TBC TBC Five
Damages 2 Sat, Jul 18 10pm Hallmark
Everybody HC 4 End Jul TBC TBC Fiver
Make Me A SM 2 Mon, Jul 13 TBC Living
Numb3rs 4 Early Jul TBC TBC Five USA
One Tree Hill 6 Mon, Jul 6 10pm E4
Private Practic 2 Thu, Jun 25 9pm Living
Reaper 2 Thu, Jul 2 10pm E4
The Office USA 4 Jun TBC TBC ITV2
The Wire 3 Mon, Jun 22 11.20pm BBC Two
Torchwood 3 Mon, Jul 6 9pm BBC One
True Blood 1 Fri, Jul 17 10pm FX
Ugly Betty 3 Wed, Jun 24 TBC Channel 4

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/tubetalk/plp/