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You want to watch "Torchwood." - Mark's Journal
You want to watch "Torchwood."
You may already have taken a gander at this Wales-based spin-off to "Doctor Who," or you may not, but either way I strongly recommend setting your TiVo or other recording device to grab the several episodes running next Tuesday morning (September 7th) on BBC America. It's starting at 11am EDT with the very first episode.

John Barrowman"Torchwood" has always felt much more approachable to me than "Doctor Who," so if you found the original too cerebral, too goofy, or something else, you may find you like this. It still pertains to aliens and time shifts, but it's mostly focused right here on Earth. (Well, largely in and around Cardiff.)

This show is aimed at a more mature audience than its parent, which was always at least outwardly a kiddie show. The star, John Barrowman, plays a bisexual American from decades in the past who leads the Torchwood group, investigating temporal anomalies. Barrowman is actually gay, and ironically, actually Scottish, but having lived in the U.S. since he was 8, has a perfect midwestern American accent that must really sound jarring to BBC viewers.

Give it a try.
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sskipstress From: sskipstress Date: September 1st, 2010 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Torchwood is also available through Netflix streaming, which is good for me because I can't put a DVR on the gym TVs :)
retrev From: retrev Date: September 1st, 2010 08:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Although his character is actually bisexual, but point taken. :)
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: September 1st, 2010 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Right! Sorry. Likes the ladies, too. :-) It's been a while.
adelais From: adelais Date: September 1st, 2010 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Just do yourself a favor and skip "Children of Men."
pkdan From: pkdan Date: September 1st, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)


Well, only skip it if you don't like CRYING YOUR FREAKIN' EYES OUT AND FEELING LIKE HUMANITY IS YOUR CHILD THAT JUST BROKE YOUR HEART. (Yes, that was me. Sobbing like a baby.)

I loved it. I never want to see it again. But damn, it was good.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 1st, 2010 10:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Love Torchwood, but Captain Jack is not American, btw. He's a former Time Agent from Boeshane in the 51st century, and borrowed the identity of an American pilot called Captain Jack Harkness in WWll.
If you really want to be accurate, he's omnisexual (men, women and aliens).
artistwife From: artistwife Date: September 1st, 2010 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)
This is a great show. Series 3 Children Of Earth is heart-wrenching but I think it was one of the best shows on TV. So do watch it also. Torchwood will be returning to Starz in summer of 2011.
artistwife From: artistwife Date: September 1st, 2010 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)
BTW John Barrowman's character, Captain Jack Harkness' genesis was in Dr. Who Season 1 last 5 episodes. Starting with the ep "The Empty Child". They are downloadable from Itunes. He was also in the season 3 "The Last Of The Time Lords" and "The Sound of Drums" These take place after the end of Season 1 of Torchwood.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 1st, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's in the last 2 episodes of series 4 as well (Stolen Earth and?) along with Torchwood and Sarah Jane...
blueinatl From: blueinatl Date: September 1st, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOVE Torchwood and actually had the episodes sent to us from the UK before they aired here as we simply couldn't wait on the BBC
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