AN INTRODUCTION TO TORCHWOOD BY RUSSELL T DAVIES
Creator, Lead Writer & Executive Producer of Torchwood
describes the show.
Torchwood team is a small group of cops and investigators who use alien
technology in a very real world. All
the bits of future technology that fall to Earth are captured,
scavenged, plundered by the Government, and Torchwood finds ways to use
them. A very British operation, away from the prying eyes of
who works for Torchwood is young, under 35. Some say that's because it's
a new science. Others say it's because they die young.
bleak, brutally funny, full of all the sex and swearing that usually
gets cut from sci-fi. And the sci-fi is very ‘real’. Few alien
creatures in themselves - though if they appear, they’re not the Moxx
of Balhoon, they’re nightmarish and savage and profoundly strange.
minimal CGI, with the occasional blow-out to take people by surprise.
But it should feel different to the usual sci-fi stuff - this show
doesn’t need gorgeous spaceships, it needs to manipulate the texture
of the picture, as Jacob’s
Ladder once did, to frighten in all sorts of new ways.
whole show picks up that feel - rough, wild, with a hefty dose of Shameless.
And with that show’s sense of humor! Reflected in the scripts as well
- The X Files meets This Life.
series consists of one-off stories - using alien tech to investigate
human crimes; to investigate alien happenings amongst ordinary people;
and to research new alien devices in themselves. But
stories about the central characters are continuous throughout - affairs
between team members, traitors, sinister bosses, the misuse of their
powers, and then even more affairs - so that the 13 episodes have a
shape and an arc.
Torchwood team first appear in Doctor Who, and spin off into this
series - though the link isn’t too heavy, since this is for a very
A dark, clever, wild, crime/sci-fi paranoid thriller cop-show. What else is television for?!
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