Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Holiday's Over...

What can I say? I needed a break. After almost two years reporting all things Torchwood on a near daily-basis, I needed to get away from the Torchwood universe for a little while. 13 episodes equates to 13 frantic weeks of non-stop reporting; breaking news, broadcast times, reviews, and anything else that might have been sprung at us during the second series' time on air. It's very demanding, and exhausting too. Honestly, it takes its toll - and I could feel my passion for this barmy old show slowly slipping away.

I've took some time off, and am back - recharged and ready to go!

The latest issue of Torchwood Magazine is out across the UK today (a full preview of it will follow either tonight, or tomorrow morning) and it breaks the news that the forthcoming Radio 4 Torchwood audio adventure will be set post-season two! So, alas, they'll be no Owen or Toshiko - but the special 45 minute story will feature Freema Agyeman, again reprising her role as Martha Jones! Apparently Martha hears about the death of Owen & Tosh, and decides the team should get away from Cardiff for a little while - and investigate strange goings on at the CERN laboratory. Bring it on!

Expect the episode sometime in either June, or July.

In other news, Richard Stokes has now left the series (along with Chris Chibnall) to work on the all new Law & Order: UK series. There's no news on who will replace him in the producer's chair just yet - but you can leave your own suggestions in the comments section below!

The Torchwood trading card game has now been launched across the UK - and you can read all about it here.

Across the pond the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television & Radio) are holding a special event - “Click Critics: The Power of Fan Websites” - this May 19th. The invitation for readers of this very site reads:

"Click Critics: The Power of Fan Websites Monday, May 19, 2008; 6:00 to 7:30 pm TV recap/fan sites like Television Without Pity have a significant impact on television's creative community, as producers are able to instantly track fans' reactions to their programming. In addition to the entertainment these portals provide readers, they have become the ultimate focus group, making passionate, informed, unfiltered audience responses to new material a simple click away. We are gathering writers behind some of the more well-known sites to discuss the influence of fan sites on programming, the culture of actively engaged critical communities, and their position in the "legitimate" critical landscape.

Panelists include creators and contributors from Lostpedia, Ugly Is In, Galactica Sitrep, OfficeTally, Whedonesque, and Television Without Pity"

The event is being held in the New York branch, with tickets costing $10, or $8 for students. Click here for ticket details, and use the code "fans" for a special $8 ticket price.

If any fans of Torchwood.tv do attend, let us know how the night went - and if you spread the word!

Finally, if you're a fan of the Torchwood and Sarah-Jane websites over on BBCi, then check out this nifty blog to learn several secrets, courtesy of webmasters carbon studio, on how the sites were created!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

you need to change your link for torchwood cards as it is.com not .co.uk

great to see you back

jackharkness said...

Ah, thanks! And it's great to be back!!

Ant :)

Anonymous said...

just wanted to say that that the time and effort u put into this site is very much appreciated! Very informing and amusing.

glad to see your return.

Brislayer said...

Glad to have you back! Having a little Torchwood withdrawl myself...but catching up on Doctor Who.

Will definitely miss Chibnall.

Brian

kryswynUSA said...

Glad you 're back. With the news that Stokes has left on the heels of Chibnall and Julie Gartner, it's no wonder there has been no announcement about series 3. RTD will have to put a new team together. How do you approach people and ask "would you like to give up the next few years of your life?" It's got to be tough to find extremely creative people you can work with who want to give up their lives to TW. However, I'm available LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN ON THIS SITE PREVIOUS AND ON TORCHWOODPR WILL REMEMBER THAT I HAVE ALWAYS GIVEN YOU INSIDER INFORMATION STRAIGHT FROM THE SET. THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH... SO HERE'S A SCOOP THAT WILL LEAVE YOU ALL IN DEEPEST SHOCK!!

TORCHWOOD HAS NOT BEEN
RE-COMMISSIONED.

I REPEAT.

TORCHWOOD IS NO MORE.

THE BBC HAVE PULLED THE PLUG AFTER ALSO AGREEING THAT DR WHO WILL TAKE A YEAR'S BREAK AND COME BACK IN 2010 WHEN CAPT JACK MAY OR MAY NOT (DEPENDS ON JB SCHEDULE) BE BACK IN DR WHO.

I'M SURE I DON'T HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT WE ARE ALL IN DEEP SHOCK, BUT ONCE AGAIN IT COMES DOWN TO THE HEADS OF DEPARTMENT AND GREEDY EXECS OVERSPENDING ON THEMSELVES AND SPOILING IT FOR EVERYONE ELSE...

WE'RE SO SORRY..
BBCINSIDER

Anonymous said...

ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN ON THIS SITE PREVIOUS AND ON TORCHWOODPR WILL REMEMBER THAT I HAVE ALWAYS GIVEN YOU INSIDER INFORMATION STRAIGHT FROM THE SET. THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH... SO HERE'S A SCOOP THAT WILL LEAVE YOU ALL IN DEEPEST SHOCK!!

TORCHWOOD HAS NOT BEEN
RE-COMMISSIONED.

I REPEAT.

TORCHWOOD IS NO MORE.

THE BBC HAVE PULLED THE PLUG AFTER ALSO AGREEING THAT DR WHO WILL TAKE A YEAR'S BREAK AND COME BACK IN 2010 WHEN CAPT JACK MAY OR MAY NOT (DEPENDS ON JB SCHEDULE) BE BACK IN DR WHO.

I'M SURE I DON'T HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT WE ARE ALL IN DEEP SHOCK, BUT ONCE AGAIN IT COMES DOWN TO THE HEADS OF DEPARTMENT AND GREEDY EXECS OVERSPENDING ON THEMSELVES AND SPOILING IT FOR EVERYONE ELSE...

WE'RE SO SORRY..
BBCINSIDER

Anonymous said...

OK as reported by me two weeks ago and disputed by many - let me again tell you that we have seen the last series of TORCHWOOD.
Now let me fill you all in on the latest news... Richard Stokes' departure must have given you all some clue after all...
It seems that cos of JBs hectic schedule - Torchwood has finished for now in its present state. What will be filmed however, and later than normal, are 5 stand alone episodes. AND THEN THAT WILL BE IT !!!
bbc insider.
My word is true - honest! I work in the BBC Drama dept.

kryswynUSA said...

I, for one, don't doubt you. I'd done the math w/ JBs schedule and figured that filming couldn't start before March of 2009. When Stokes left I knew we wouldn't be seeing TW anytime soon (see my earlier post above).

It's really too bad. The show had such promise which was mostly squandered in the sophomore season. Who knows when the stand alone eps will air in America but I think they'll have lost their fan base in the US by then.

For purely intellectual reasons I'm curious how much longer the TW mag will be published. I don't see it surviving long w/o a new series to look forward to. Any word when the Beeb will make the news official??