Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Torchwood's Bad Trip

This week's Radio Times has a very strange, mixed review of episode seven, "Dead Man Walking" - which continues from the end of "Reset". Reviewer Mark Braxton writes, "Consistency is still proving a problem; this second series is all over the place like an illegal firework. You could see it as a lucky dip: you never know what will turn up."

He continues, "Tonight's bad trip of an episode, for instance, although a continuation of last week's bouncy frolic, explores much bleaker, darker avenues. To reveal more detail about the story would spoil it, but this is Torchwood wearing its serious hat, with existential diversions and nightmarish imagery to boot. Still, there's always Ianto's deadpanning and a spot of skeleton wrestling for light relief."

"Dead Man Walking" guest stars Kai Owen (Rhys Williams), Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones), Paul Kasey (Weevils), Skye Bennett (Little Girl), Joanna Griffiths (Nurse), Ben Walker (JamieBurton), Lauren Phillips (Hen Night Girl) and Golda Rosheuvel (as a "Doctor").

The episode airs tomorrow at 9:50pm on BBC Three, or next Wednesday 27th on BBC Two.

The Radio Times also contains a brief interview with Burn Gorman, who reveals his favourite television programmes. Apparently the star loves old Tom Baker / Peter Davison episodes of "Doctor Who" and watches them on cable whenever he can. He also likes classical period dramas, like "Pride and Prejudice" and "Cranford".

Radio Times 23-29 February is out now, priced £1.

Meanwhile the BBC Press Office has a very basic synopsis for episode eight, "A Day in the Death". It reads: "A victim of his new-found circumstances, Owen Harper believes he needs absolution, as Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies's award-winning drama continues. Will the lonely girl on the rooftop help him, or will it be a mission to retrieve an alien device that is proving more lethal by the second? And how far will Toshiko go to help him?"

"A Day in the Death" is the third and final part of the Martha Jones trilogy, and airs on 5th March on BBC Two. Digital viewers can catch it next week, on Wednesday 27th February, over on BBC Three.
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