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The Rise and Fall of Torchwood Magazine

12 Blogs of Christmas: #4

Torchwood’s curious history and continuing success makes for an interesting subject. Ever since Series Two of its parent show included the word “Torchwood” as its ongoing meme [actually fact fans, it first got a mention in Series One’s “Bad Wolf” as a quiz answer in one of the Anne-Droid’s Weakest Link questions], Torchwood has been discussed, dissected and developed in to what promises to be quite the hit in the US of A (Mekhi Pfifer and Bill Pullman are joining the cast for crying out loud). Interesting then that the official magazine of the series  has just come to the end of its run after 25 intriguing issues.

My first problem with the magazine was the publisher. Panini (and Marvel before it) have been happily producing Doctor Who Magazine for more years than they probably care to remember and they have been doing it with critical, commercial and fandom’s acclaim. Why then, give the publishing rights to someone like Titan? While they churn out TV Tie-in titles with regular abandon, they can hardly be thought of in terms of quality when held up in comparison to DWM. The paper feels cheap, the content is light, there are far too many adverts for other Titan products and they never appeared to strike up a relationship with the production team that would give them any kind of insight whatsoever. Panini would have been a much better choice with a bunch of journalists who already know the producers, writers and behind the scenes staff, who clearly love the show already and who would be able to release a lovingly crafted sister edition to the main magazine.

On the plus side of Titan’s output was fiction. Short stories and comic strips from some excellent writers and artists have littered the pages of Torchwood magazine over the years and for those alone, the collection is worthwhile but I still suspect that there is something other than purely commercial reasons (licencing possibly) as to why Torchwood magazine is now ending. I am hoping given that the new series is about to commence shooting, that a new publisher will pick up the rights and give Torchwood the high calibre official periodical that it deserves.

Torchwood: Day Five – The Hit

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Bad Jack.

I wasn’t quite sure whether Day Five was going to deliver, or whether it could possibly live up to the tour de force of Day’s One to Four. Well, one thing’s for sure, we didn’t get a happy ending. It was bleak and uncompromising in a way I don’t think anyone in fandom is used to and, as a result, I imagine that there will be quite a bit of controversy surrounding it. Some of the nonsense that I’ve read about fan reaction to Day Four’s shock death might pale in to insignificance relative to the shock of Captain Jack Continue reading

Torchwood: Day Four – Sobbing Like a Child

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“On The Fourth Day The Government Will Conspire”… and didn’t they just?!

A few days ago, the biggest Doctor Who community on the internet, The Doctor Who Forum (formerly Outpost Gallifrey), was closed down to be replaced in spirit and substance by Gallifrey Base: a place for the discerning fan to partake in a diverse and vibrant discussion… and to throw insults at the trolls. I always used to read, with general amusement, the opinions of a vocal minority of “fans” and quite a few critics whose viewpoints I respect, about a genuine disappointment with Torchwood. Marketed, consciously or otherwise, as an adult version of its anagrammed parent show, Torchwood’s first two series were/are seen by these significant few as Continue reading

Torchwood: Day Three – Isn't It Isn't It

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Day Three, in which [Spoilers Follow]

Okay, I was thoroughly enjoying the first two episodes of Torchwood: Children of Earth, all the while hoping that the pay-off would live up to the promise of the set-up. After seeing Day Three I don’t think I’m going to be disappointed. Questions were answered and new ones were asked. Jack’s daughter, Alice, turned out to have inherited some of the old man’s skills. Frobisher got screwed by the PM. Lois managed to infiltrate the highest levels of the conspiracy without anyone so much as blinking. And Jack turned bad… sort of. James Moran and Russell T Davies managed to create a quite magnificent piece of drama tonight and I am so chuffed that we have two more evenings to enjoy. Continue reading

Torchwood: Day Two – Second Thoughts

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Day Two – In the big Torchwood House

After I watched Day One, I mentioned that the trailer-fest and general press previews had provided enough to let me know, more or less, what was going to happen until the end of the episode. However, in the countdown to Day Two, I had somewhat less of an idea. The “Next Time” snippet had given us enough information to let us know that Jack’s bloodied corpse would make an appearance but there were some lovely gruesome scenes as his body regenerated nonetheless. The plot developed Continue reading

Torchwood: Day One – First Thoughts

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Torchwood: Day One – What’s Occuring?

Well, that was a rather special episode of Torchwood, in fact I’d go as far as to say faultless. I got the feeling that I knew most of what was going to happen from the trailers and press releases (kids stopping, the “We. Are. Coming” chant, the mysterious alien threat, government reaction and Torchwood being hunted down) but, despite the prior knowledge, it didn’t prevent the last 10 minutes from making my heart race. Dr Rupesh’s shooting of Jack was a jaw-dropper given I thought he was genuinely being introduced as an Owen replacement and the bomb in Jack’s stomach was something I didn’t see coming at all. The five-hour story format rather than self contained 45-minute chunks seem to have Continue reading

JULY POLL

July’s poll is one for the Torchwood fans, though it’s probably best to leave voting till after you’ve seen Children of Earth.  Think I will be blogging after each episode this week, so come back to add your comments.