Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Titans

Of course you've heard by now that Torchwood is returning in comic book form. Via publishers Titan Comics:

Titan Comics is excited to announce that Doctor Who TV spinoff Torchwood is back, in an all-new ongoing comic series starring the daring Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper.

Written by Captain Jack himself – John Barrowman – and Carole E. Barrowman, and with issues illustrated byAntonio Fuso (Drive, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) and Pasquale Qualano (Batman ’66, She Hulk, Harley Quinn), this spectacular original ongoing series is not to be missed.



In continuity with the new hit Torchwood audio dramas from Big Finish, as part of the official continuation of theTorchwood saga, the comic arrives in stores on July 6 – the week of Titan’s third annual Doctor Who Comics Day event – Saturday, July 9 2016.

The BAFTA-winning cult science-fiction drama by Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies, which aired for four successful seasons from 2006 to 2011, follows the exploits of Captain Jack, Gwen (Eve Myles - Broadchurch), and their team as they investigate the unusual, the strange, and the extraterrestrial.

The hotly anticipated Torchwood comic sees Captain Jack return to Cardiff to engage the help of the last person who expected to see him again, Gwen Cooper! A dark technology from a forgotten species has been claimed by a conspiratorial power… and in this collision between an ancient civilization and an all-new evil, the Earth itself may be forfeit! Only Jack, Gwen, and their allies from what remains of Torchwood hold the key to stopping a cataclysmic wave of destruction… On the road, on the run, and under fire – can Jack and Gwen put aside their differences and rebuild the heart of Torchwood… before its flame is stamped out forever?!

The debut issue comes with variant covers to collect from Doctor Who superstar artists including Tommy Lee Edwards(Tenth Doctor, Turf), Elena Casagrande (Tenth Doctor, The X-Files), Blair Shedd (Ninth Doctor), and Rod Reis (Doctor Who, C.O.W.L.)!


It's great to hear that it ties in with the newly established Big Finish continuity.

Friday, March 11, 2016

So, you want to see Kai Owen strip?

No, don't worry - this isn't one of those dodgy messages you get sent via email. Rather, actor Kai Owen has a new role, acting in the stage adaptation of Simon Beaufoy's The Full Monty. Based on the popular movie, here's a taste of what you might see Kai up to:


Folks, prepare yourself! The play goes on tour from September 21st.

Kai's also attending Bournemouth's Film and Comic Con this Saturday.

You can get a personal message from Kai (as well as Gareth David-Lloyd) through CelebVM, costing £15.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Big Finish's Series 2 Debuts!

Blimey, that was quick.

Only a month on from the conclusion of their first run of Torchwood stories, Big Finish have today released part one of their second


The Victorian Age features Captain Jack, and Queen Victoria - the founder of Torchwood, as well you might remember from the Doctor Who episode 'Tooth & Claw':


I'm hearing that we'll be getting an announcement soon enough about full cast audio plays (which may suggest a new TV series isn't on the cards) - so watch this space! In the meantime, head over to Big Finish to buy this latest release.

Fans clamour for show's return

The Radio Times recently asked readers to vote whether they would like to see Torchwood return to TV, or not. An impressive 97% of those polled stated a desire to see it back - and they're not alone.



John Barrowman has been vlogging from his own bedroom, as he works his way through a re-watch of the show's first season. He's clearly loving every minute of it, but regrets that the show ended when it, feeling it had plenty more life left in it.

Let's not pretend that Miracle Day was anything other a misfire, and as great as Big Finish are it's just not the same on audio. So come on BBC/BBC America/Netflix and/or Amazon. Give us fans a break - and bring old Jack back for more!

John says in one of his videos ". . . I’m going to watch episode one — I’m going back and I’m watching Torchwood. And there’s a reason why [wink] which I’ll tell ya when I can."

So, there's some hope at least.

[Or Captain Jack is in Doctor Who season 10, maybe even Class...]

Add in Eve Myles' comments recently that she's quitting the role of Torchwood... Could discussions have taken place regarding the future of the show, that involve John but didn't involve Eve? (Hence Eve's unexpected social media outburst) I guess we'll find out soon enough.

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In news we missed, John Barrowman is now writing a comic based off of his Arrow series, Titled 'The Dark Archer' it's available now from digital comic stores.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Woodies Round-Up: One Rule

We're up to One Rule (the fourth release in Big Finish's Torchwood series) in our catch-up run down of external reviews:

Doctor Who TV ("one of those stories you can listen to all day and never grow bored.")
Red Rocket Rising ("Tracy-Ann Oberman’s performance is to be enjoyed...and worth at least two listens!")
Doctor Who Watch ("Despite the fact that it’s been a decade since her appearance in Series 2, [Tracy-Ann Oberman] plays the character so perfectly that it feels like no time has passed at all.")
Cult Box ("As well as being exciting, ‘One Rule’ is damn funny too")
Warped Factor ("I had trouble getting through this audio story, not because it doesn’t flow – it absolutely does – but because I was laughing so hard.")
Planet Mondas ("A rough night in a rough part of a beautiful City but a diamond performance from all involved and a polished script")
Blogtor Who ("This one is a proper treat and the tale is a real hoot, except when it isn’t.")
Sci-Fi Pulse ("Throughout, Oberman ate the scenery with all the condiments…obviously.")
Enigmania ("It allows for a lot of cool, funny and sometimes dark scenes that is just the sort of thing Torchwood fans loved watching on TV.")
Third Eye Cinema ("It’s not only atmospheric, well written and well acted, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun.")
The Grawlix Podcast ("I found myself thinking… “Yeah. I would listen to a Yvonne Harman series.”)
Starburst Magazine ("6/10: We found this hour of Torchwood to be pretty forgettable. Chuck it in the Rift, we say.")
Karl Bate ("One criticism, or maybe a commercial win, is it left me wanting more.")
Outpost Skaro ("May ultimately end up being more divisive than previous episodes")

From Youtube:


If you've listened to One Rule, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Alternatively, provide a link to your own site.