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During a press tour on Saturday, creator Russell T. Davies talked about the upcoming TORCHWOOD: NEW WORLD, saying that there will be a significant amount of storytelling in the U.S. In fact, the show will visit many shores beyond Cardiff.
“It has this global sweep to it which is justified by the story. I hate to say ‘international in scope’ because it usually means a scene set in Berlin for no reason.”
Davies hadn’t automatically planned to continue TORCHWOOD, but then changed his mind after “Children of Earth” aired. “[It] got phenomenal figures in Britain and did beautifully over here on BBC America,” he says. “There was just a buzz about it. ‘Children of Earth’ was a new form of ‘Torchwood’ and something clicked. It just inspired me. The story of the new ‘Torchwood’ is something that’s been ticking away in the back of my head for a long while.”
TORCHWOOD picks up a while after the events of “Children of Earth,” but still deals with Capt. Jack Harkness’ (John Barrowman) state of mind after those devastating events that left him dispirted. Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) will also be back. A new character, CIA agent Rex Matheson — who’s yet to be cast — will serve to introduce new audiences to the world of TORCHWOOD.
“Rex has no idea what Torchwood is and has to investigate,” explains Davies. “Torchwood has been destroyed. It’s ike a legend now, it’s almost ceased to exist a long time ago and is spoken only of in whispers. We also have a watch analyst at the CIA called Esther. The two of them become embroiled in the Torchwood legend and investigate what Torchwood is or was and they find themselves on the run and meeting Captain Jack and Gwen, having to decide whether they’re friends, whether they’re enemies. It’s a decision that takes a long time to be decided. That’s part of the 10 episodes is the two teams coming together, a lot of sparks, a lot of excitement.”
Despite the global scope, TORCHWOOD won’t abandon its Welsh roots. “The Welsh setting still features in a really significant way as we move forwards so when we start filming in January, we will start filming in Wales,” confirms executive producer Julie Gardner. “There will be beautiful landscapes. Gwen Cooper is still that character. She’s still Welsh. Her story will take place in the U.S. but also very much in the UK, so that flavor of Wales will be very apparent.”
Since filming has not yet begun, Davies has few details to share, but we also learn:
•Rhys Williams (Kai Owen) will be back with their baby.
•Sorry Capt. John Hart fans, but James Marsters is not going to be in this 10-episode season, but he’s still in good with Davies for possible future participation.
•The new series continuous and very arced.
•Scheduling of the new “Torchwood” will be “very close” on both sides of the pond.
•Since the show is on a premium cable network, “Torchwood” can have nudity in sex scenes, but Davies is only sold on that if the story demands it. “There’s nothing worse than a great big global international thriller that stops for a sex scene. Get on with it please.”
TORCHWOOD will run in Summer 2011 on Starz.

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  • My RALFS went looking for Mickey Ds and got Mickey B….

    Benedict Cumberbatch (AKA “Scarfy McBritishChap“) spoke to an interviewer for DigitalSpy to promote the new BBC series Sherlock, where Cumberbatch plays the titular detective in a modern day setting, complete with a Blackberry, nicotine patches, and his own blog.  The interviewer asked him if he’d like to be in an episode of Doctor Who, to which he replied that it wouldn’t be an episode. cheeky monkey.

    He didn’t clarify whether this means he’d like to be the next Doctor or if this lends credence to the rumor that Steven Moffat is writing him into Doctor Who as The Master.  He did say he’s “keeping his powder dry” (how english) and it would seem strange for BBC’s new Sherlock Holmes to take merely a supporting role in one episode of another BBC show.

    the smil…what??? i wasn’t to tell…wudda mean exterminate!?!!  

    thxcoojpz1hckzmqm62w1.gif Dalek exterminate picture in Aliens Or Robots
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  • the Hobbit from Gallifrey…..

    while my RALFS were looking for an answer to the universe….

    Sylvester McCoy, the seventh Doctor Who, was nearly cast as Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  The role went to Ian Holm, who was awesome, but is no longer the right age to play Bilbo in The Hobbit, as Bilbo in that movie should look the same age or just a bit younger. (The One Ring stopped or dramatically slowed his aging. I am a gigantic nerd.)  It just so happens McCoy is 12 years younger than Holm and is friends with Peter Jackson, so this rumor shouldn’t come as a surprise:

    Last night, the good people of Screenrush somehow ended up meeting Sylvester McCoy. The how and why are not important to our story – we care about what was said and that, according a tweet I caught this morning, was that he’s been cast in The Hobbit.  Not given an audition. Not offered a role. Actually cast in the part.  I got back in touch with Screenrush and they confirmed that this was something they were told directly by a friend of McCoy. [BleedingCool]

    Screenrush was unable to get a comment from McCoy’s agent, but they do claim the friend of McCoy’s said he’ll be playing “the second biggest lead”, which is probably the Bilbo Baggins character.  Then again, maybe not.  Or maybe the friend misunderstood what was going on and McCoy hasn’t been officially cast.  Or maybe he is cast but MGM won’t make the picture because of their money troubles. Or maybe a blogger just found an M&M in his couch cushions and is contemplating whether or not it’s still worth eating.  Important things, these.

    time travel is a tricky thing…i must be off…the dr. smilee…ththedo10.gif Tardis smiley image by Aliens Or Robots

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  • Moffat Talks Sherlock

    The guys at denofgeek (we love those guys) took time to talk to Steven Moffat here is some of what was discussed. Follow the link to read it all.

    After watching Sherlock I was wondering – and I appreciate that this might sound like an odd question – do you find that you are consciously writing for widescreen viewing now?

    Probably since I got involved in any capacity in Doctor Who, which has the power of a big picture. And I tend to plot Doctor Who in terms of big pictures, so there’s that. And we can do big pictures really, really well now on television.

    So, yeah, I think I probably do. I think anyway television has become a lot more cinematic because it is possible for it to be. Think how far we’ve come from a multi-camera studio. So, yes, you suppose you do. You think ‘that’ll look cool’.

    Does that inspire your choice of director, too? Because I thought Paul McGuigan did a brilliant job with A Study In Pink?

    It’s beautiful. All credit to Sue Vertue, the wife. Who, after having seen Lucky Number Slevin and hearing that he was interested in doing television, suggested Paul.

    I think he was an inspired choice. A brilliant, amazing director. I’ve worked with directors with a great visual eye before, but never one who was so driven by the plot. So, while he does fantastic pyrotechnic visual things, it’s all about the story. It’s not irrelevant to it, so I’m not saying ‘that’s a lovely picture, but you’ve given away the murderer, you can’t use it’.

    I love working with Paul, he’s been absolutely brilliant.

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