Friday, October 02, 2015

Welcome to the fold!

Almost ten years on from Torchwood's commission, BBC Three are at it again.

Just announced is Class, a brand new Doctor Who spin-off series aimed at a YA audience.

And yep, for those interested we'll be following the series' development - in a brand new blog, Classy Who.

Meanwhile stay tuned to for all the latest on Captain Jack et al.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Woodies Round-Up: The Conspiracy

Big Finish's The Conspiracy has been out for over a week now. Here's a round up of reviews for the adventure. More will be added over the next few days/weeks.

Blogtor Who (8/10)
CultBox (4/5)
Doctor Who News - Review ("This is when everything changes for audio storytelling")
Doctor Who TV ("It is a story you can listen to over and over again")
Doctor Who Watch ("Overall it's easily a success at bringing that old Torchwood feeling back")
Grawlix Podcast (5/5)
Planet Mondas (6/10)
Red Rocket Rising ("Torchwood needs a bit more of the team chemistry to really shine")
Sci-Fi Bulletin (8/10)
Sci-Fi Pulse ("A tight, well acted set-up episode")
Starburst Magazine (5/10)

Meanwhile the Radio Times have published "5 Things we learned from The Conspiracy"

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Janet's Papa

Those watching Doctor Who's new season opener The Magician's Apprentice got a surprise last night, as a couple of very familiar alien foes made surprise reappearances...

I'm talking about a Weevil and Blowfish, of course. Spotted early on, at the Maldovarium bar, they drank alongside Sycorax, Hath, Ood and many other oddities. can exclusively reveal that the Weevil shown is actually the father of Torchwood captive Janet, and he's named Julian. After Janet was lost through the rift (and thrown back through time) Julian turned to alcohol, and the rest, as they say, is now history.


In more serious news, Big Finish have announced the titles of the final two releases in their initial cycle of Torchwood audio dramas:

Release#5 is Uncanny Valley. It stars John Barrowman as Captain Jack, and is written by David Llewllyn. Big Finish confirm it "sees Jack still on his quest to find out more about the mysterious Committee. What is their involvement in the life of a reclusive billionaire?" There's no indication as to where this play takes place chronologically (aside from the fact it must be set after The Conspiracy from Jack's P.O.V.)

Release#6 (and the final adventure in this "Committee" arc) is called More Than This, and is by Guy Adams. It stars Eve Myles as Gwen on "a very special mission". From previous Big Finish teases, we know that this adventure will also feature other Torchwood stars too. Most likely Jack and Ianto.

For those interested, the company has also put out a full trailer for their new UNIT series, featuring Jemma Redgrave. No doubt it'll crossover with Torchwood at some point...

Friday, September 18, 2015

More Tosh

Might we be seeing a return for Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato? There's certainly some hints dropped in this interview regarding her involvement with Big Finish...

You can catch Mori in Everest, out today in cinemas and IMAX theatres across the UK.

Meanwhile Big Finish producer James Goss has spoken to Doctor Who News about his involvement in the company's Torchwood releases. I wonder who he's referring too when he discusses two people monster hunting in London... Martha and Mickey?

Finally, John Barrowman presents the National Lottery Stars Awards on BBC One, Monday 21st September at 10:35pm.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Torchwood Crossovers!

Big Finish have announced today that Tracy-Ann Oberman is to headline their fourth Torchwood audio adventure, One Life.

Oberman was the face of Torchwood in Doctor Who's second series finale Army of Ghosts/Doomsday, playing its leader Yvonne Hartman. Her London Hub, based on Canary Wharf, was destroyed in a battle between the Daleks and the Cybermen. In the process, Yvonne was Cyber-converted. Now, she's back!

One Life takes place a year before the battle of Canary Wharf, and sees Yvonne visiting Torchwood's Cardiff base. Producer James Goss promises she'll become "thoroughly unstuck" there...

The story is released this December, and you can order it here.

We still don't know who's in the fifth release... but the sixth story sees a mix of established characters reuniting - with Eve Myles already confirmed for the adventure.


In other news, the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine (issue 491) has been released. It features an interview with Torchwood costume designer Ray Holman (who has returned to the fold, designing Doctor Who's ninth season costumes), as well as confirming that they'll be a slight Doctor Who/Torchwood crossover, as an Arcateenian alien (one debuted in 2006's Greeks Bearing Gifts, and then Sarah Jane's Invasion of the Bane) will feature in new series adventure Under the Lake/Before the Flood.

An Arcateenian

Over in SFX Magazine land, Gareth David-Lloyd is interviewed briefly about Torchwood: Fall to Earth in their latest issue, number 266.