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#1 OFFLINE   RunnerFL

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 08:48 PM

Ok, I know I'm a little late to the party but I'm now hooked on Torchwood after a friend suggested I "give it a go"...

I just finished watching Season 1 but I'm a bit lost on a couple of things. This is probably because I haven't watched Dr. Who in over 20 years and had no desire to watch the new ones that came out the past few years.

1. How does Gwen tie into Dr. Who? I see the same actress played the same part in both Dr. Who and Torchwood.

2. How does Captain Jack Harkness tie in to Dr. Who?

3. What does Jack mean that he's from the past and future?

And yes, I realize that Torchwood is an anagram for Doctor Who. :)
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#2 OFFLINE   Stewart Vernon

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 10:24 PM

1. How does Gwen tie into Dr. Who? I see the same actress played the same part in both Dr. Who and Torchwood.

2. How does Captain Jack Harkness tie in to Dr. Who?

3. What does Jack mean that he's from the past and future?


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#1. Technically she doesn't, except that she is the same actress... although, a wink/nod was done in last season's Dr Who finale that suggests Gwen might be a descendant of the character she played in the earlier Dr Who episode.

#2. Captain Jack was introduced in the latter stages of the first series of the new Dr Who series... He was in a few episodes there before Torchwood. Also, Torchwood itself was referenced and appeared in Dr Who first.

#3. It's convoluted, and I can't answer too much without giving away a lot of plot points that are kind of neat... But suffice to say he was born in Earth's future... then became a time traveller... and has (as a result) spent considerable time in the past now.

There's a short list of good Jack/Who episodes you might want to watch even if you don't want to watch all of the new Dr Who series to help fill in some of the gaps.

There will also be a character in season 2 of Torchwood that is from the 3rd series of the new Dr Who... so you'll have that question soon as well :)

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:16 AM

1. How does Gwen tie into Dr. Who? I see the same actress played the same part in both Dr. Who and Torchwood.


She really doesn't for the most part.

2. How does Captain Jack Harkness tie in to Dr. Who?


He was a companion along with Rose in the first season of the new Dr. Who. He appeared in several episodes (also in a few I think in either the 2nd or 3rd season). What happened there is a big setup for what Jack really is (like he can't die). I won't give away any more as it would all be spoilers.

3. What does Jack mean that he's from the past and future?


Again, would be Spoilers to say too much but he was born in the future and as he notes in the Torchwood series he is a "Time Agent". Kinda like FBI for time travel. How he gets to today's world is explained in Dr. Who and the first episode of Torchwood.

Torchwood itself was established by Queen Victoria some 100+ years ago after her interactions with Dr. Who.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:36 AM

She really doesn't for the most part.


So it's a complete coincidence that the same actress plays a character with the exact same name? wow...

I may have to check out the newer Dr. Who episodes although I have to say they look like junk...
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 08:00 AM

So it's a complete coincidence that the same actress plays a character with the exact same name? wow...

I may have to check out the newer Dr. Who episodes although I have to say they look like junk...


The show is made to be a bit campy, kinda keeping in line with the original shows. They do a good job with it and the writing for the show gets better as the first season progresses. I'd give it a shot.

And like others stated, watching Dr. Who will answer a bunch of questions you have about Torchwood.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:50 AM

Torchwood is one of my all time favorite sci-fi series, with Countrycide being probably the scariest hour of TV I've seen in a very long time...

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 01:55 PM

Torchwood is one of my all time favorite sci-fi series, with Countrycide being probably the scariest hour of TV I've seen in a very long time...


It was a good episode, all of Season 1 was I think, but I don't think it was that scary. And you had to know how it was going to end based on several movies that have had similar storylines.

I think Torchwood is smart well written sci-fi. If only hollywood would stop babying us and thinking we're all idiots who can't "get" an intelligent show...
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 03:23 PM

Not "all". Simply "more than enough", perhaps, though.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 03:27 PM

So it's a complete coincidence that the same actress plays a character with the exact same name? wow...


It's not a coincidence, the producers really liked her performance in an early Dr. Who episode and decided to call her in for Torchwood. Since she played a maid in the 1800's in the Dr. Who episode there shouldn't be any confusion between the two characters.
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 04:30 PM

Torchwood is one of my all time favorite sci-fi series, with Countrycide being probably the scariest hour of TV I've seen in a very long time...

It was a bit of a gamble so earlyon in a new series to have an episode that actually broke from the pattern. The pattern was not well established, but would be, and this episode did not follow that at all.

So it's a complete coincidence that the same actress plays a character with the exact same name? wow...

I may have to check out the newer Dr. Who episodes although I have to say they look like junk...


It's not a coincidence, the producers really liked her performance in an early Dr. Who episode and decided to call her in for Torchwood. Since she played a maid in the 1800's in the Dr. Who episode there shouldn't be any confusion between the two characters.

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 01:23 PM

So it's a complete coincidence that the same actress plays a character with the exact same name? wow...

I may have to check out the newer Dr. Who episodes although I have to say they look like junk...


She actually played 2 different characters in Dr. Who. She played the descendant of Gwen cooper a couple of seasons ago. Then she played Gwen Cooper in an episode of Dr. Who with Ianto. There was just one episode of Crossover.
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Posted 28 September 2009 - 12:26 PM

So I've started watching Season 2 and have a couple more questions...

1. Is "Children Of Earth" considered Season 3?

2. Is "Children Of Earth" the end or will there be more?

3. Does the show get to a point where everyone on the team has shagged everyone on the team? :lol:
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Posted 28 September 2009 - 01:01 PM

1. Yes.

2. There will probably be more, but nothing is firm yet.

3. No. There actually wasn't much, uh, cross-shagging.

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 05:32 PM

1. A 5 episode season, how sad.

2. I'm hooked now, I hope there's more.

3. Let's see you've had Owen with Suzie, Toshiko and Gwen... Jack with Ianto and Owen with Jack has been implied too. I'd consider that a large amount of cross-shagging.
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Posted 28 September 2009 - 05:58 PM

1. A 5 episode season, how sad.

Not sad at all. It was an incredible season. A very tight, creatively superior season.

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 08:54 PM

Torchwood got a longer season than Dr Who did this season, in fact.

The 5 1-hr episodes are more than the 4 1-hr specials Dr Who gets this year, though technically a 5th Who special will air as part of a 2-parter over Christmas/New Years.

This was a take-a-break year for the whole Who family basically... so I was pleased to get any Torchwood, and thought the tight-mini-series story was a good way to go.

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 06:53 PM

I just hope their is a Season 3 of Torchwood. I saw the Children Of the Earth mini-series. It was good. Then I saw John Barrowman say at comic-con video posted on YouTube that Torchwood returning was up in the air right now. I have my fingers crossed!

I knew Doctor Who WAS returning with the new doctor after David Tennants' run is though. I think it's set to start in 2010. There are 2 (I think) more specials of current Doctor Who set to air on BBC America.
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Posted 02 October 2009 - 07:45 PM

I just hope their is a Season 3 of Torchwood. I saw the Children Of the Earth mini-series.

You wouldn't think it because it was only 5 hours, but officially "Children of Earth" is the third season, so Season 4 would be next ...

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Posted 03 October 2009 - 04:47 AM

You wouldn't think it because it was only 5 hours, ...

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 04:11 PM

You wouldn't think it because it was only 5 hours, but officially "Children of Earth" is the third season, so Season 4 would be next ...


I agree. But Barrowman couldn't say if their even would be a season 4.
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