Next week's issue of the Radiotimes (4th-10th July 09) boasts a cover with the second best show on TV on! [See below, click image to enlarge] The cover shows Captain Jack on the main part and then Ianto, Gwen and Rhys on the fold-out part all standing on a heap of rubble - could this be a concept of what many of us may already know that happens in Children of Earth? It is also worth noticing the large beam of light coming out of the sky and graffiti on the rubble by Ianto, Gwen and Rhys saying the numbers, "4 5 6".
Don't worry, I'm not posting any spoilers here, but inside this issue you can get a few sneak peeks at 'Children of Earth' and an insight into the readthrough of the first three episodes of the series.
Digital Spy have released their own review of Torchwood: Children of Earth's first two episodes of the five. A part of the review can be seen below...
"The amazing opening episode 'Day One' hits the ground running, beginning with a mysterious event in 1965 Scotland before zapping forward to the present day and some possessed children. With the move to BBC One hopefully bringing in a broader audience, Russell T Davies's script economically and seamlessly manages to re-establish the show's trio of surviving regular characters for new viewers without alienating the existing fans. In particular, Jack and Ianto's hospital-based introduction - involving a very nasty hitchhiker blended with some light-hearted banter - is a delight to watch. Twin Peaks fans should keep their eyes peeled for a damn fine in-joke involving an estate agent too."
Digital Spy have released their "ten tantalising teasers" for Torchwood: Children of Earth, which you can view below...
"1. Children Of Earth has a slightly terrifying premise: all of the children in the world stop dead at exactly the same moment and begin uttering the message "We are coming." All of them. And all in English, too.
2. The "we" is revealed to be an alien race dubbed The 456, not heard from in over 40 years.
3. In addition to the children, there is one other person reciting the message - a psychiatric patient named Timothy White. What connection does this have to an incident in Scotland in 1965?
4. Captain Jack and Ianto are referred to as "a couple" on more than one occasion.
5. As the episode begins, Rhys is looking at new houses for him and Gwen. But by the end of the episode, she has a very large secret she needs to share with him.
6. Both Owen and Tosh make appearances.
7. We meet Ianto's sister, nephew and niece. How will he respond to confirmed sightings of him on a dinner date with a man?
8. We also meet Captain Jack's.... daughter. Yes, daughter.
9. By the end of the episode, both Jack and Gwen have something inside them. Both items will change their worlds forever.
10. The ending to the first episode is probably one of the most compelling cliffhangers the Whoniverse has ever seen."
What do ou think of these teasers? Which individual ones stood out to you?
Karen Gillan has revealed in the latest edition of Doctor Who Adventures magazine that when she was cast as the so-far-unnamed companion, she couldn't tell her mother because she might let the secret slip as she is such a big Doctor Who fan!
Karen said: "I really wanted to tell my parents but I thought it wasn't a good idea as my mum is a huge fan." and added, "I didn't want to drop that bomb on her and she'd then have to keep it secret. So I waited until it was publicly announced to go up to Inverness to tell her."
According to Doctor Who's Wikipedia website (tardis.wikia.com), it has been confirmed that James Marsters will return to his role as Captain John Hart in Torchwood: Children of Earth.
The 46-year-old American-born actor has played notable roles in programmes such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville, Without A Trace, etc. James is also an accomplished musician. He has even played at a concert of his own with Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones in Torchwood).
Captain John Hart first appeared in Torchwood's 'Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang' in Series 2 and made a come-back in 'Fragments' and 'Exit Wounds'. He came from Captain Jack's past and is also a fellow Time Agent from the 51st Century. As with Jack Harkness, John Hart is not his real name, it is a name he was "wearing".
Are you pleased he is returning? What do you think?
Some brand new promotional and on-set photos have been released on the Radiotimes website. There are loads of images so I won't write too much because the images take up lots of space already. Click on any of the images to enlarge...
Jack (John Barrowman), Gwen (Eve Myles) and Ianto (Gareth David-Lloyd) Gwen and Rhys (Kai Owen). Ianto, Jack and Gwen - previously seen on the BBC's press release. These are government workers, presumably in jobs lower than Mr Frobisher. This woman (also in the previous photo) can also be seen in the first 'Children of Earth' trailer. Gwen interviews Clem. Clem, played by Paul Copely. Clem... once more. Johnson, played by Liz May Bryce. Gwen talks to Dr Rupesh Patanjali (Rik Makarem) Rupesh watches as Ianto films a chanting child with his mobile phone. Gwen, followed by Rupesh, running to The Hub entrance door in 'Day One'. The same scene as the previous photo but zoomed back. Ianto Jack, Gwen and a girl and her mother. Dr Rupesh in a hosptial. Captain Jack in a hospital examining a body. Rupesh with Jack. Johnson, she appears to be in the same hospital that Jack and Rupesh were/are in. Is she following them? Rupesh and Jack. Johnson. Johnson...again... ...and again. Rupesh. Lois Habiba, played by Cush Jumbo, during her first day in the office. All the children scream, before begining their chilling chant. Captain Jack Harkness!
The cover and information for the official Torchwood Magazine issue #16 have been released by Titan on their TWM website. You can see both below..."IT’S BACK! Torchwood magazine returns for the last time before Children of Earth finally hits our television screens in July! We whet the appetite for the new series in the latest issue with more sensational coverage – check out this page for all the info!"
"EXCLUSIVE COLLECTOR’S EDITION!
[Ed - click cover, left, to enlarge] The latest issue of Torchwood magazine is available as an exclusive collector’s edition, featuring a specially commissioned cover illustration by comic artist Michael Golden to celebrate the "Rift War" comic strip storyline. The magazine is only available to buy through comic book stores. You can find your nearest specialist retailer here, and print out a form to reserve your newsstand or collectible edition here."
"ART OF WAR! It's more than just a TV show, you know! One of Torchwood’s biggest multimedia successes has been the Rift War saga, a 10-part comic strip that has featured in the pages of Torchwood magazine. Celebrating Titan Books’ release of the whole collection in one volume, we speak to the celebrated writers and artists behind the epic adventure. Paul Grist, Simon Furman, Ian Edginton and D’Israeli were already well known in the world of comics – in the latest issue they talk about applying their distinctive styles and bold, big-picture storytelling to the wonderful world of Torchwood."
"JOHN, EVE & GARETH ON THE NEW SERIES As Torchwood: Children of Earth gets ever closer, read what the stars of the show – John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd – have to say about the eagerly-anticipated new series! Still, that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the latest issue’s essential coverage of the show, as we bring you the second part of an exclusive photo collection direct from the set! Plus, find out what alien terrors lurk beneath the heavily guarded doors of Floor 13 in Children of Earth, as Torchwood magazine’s man on the inside makes a break from the gargantuan set with an exclusive production report!"
"RADIO TIME! Following the success of Lost Souls, the one-off Torchwood adventure broadcast on Radio 4 last year, the Torchwood cast has been back in the studio to record three new audio adventures! The three plays are Asylum by Anita Sullivan, Golden Age by James Goss, and The Dead Line by Phil Ford. In the latest issue, Torchwood magazine editor Simon Hugo visits the studio to get the lowdown on the plays, and finds stories that span continents and concepts in ways that most TV shows can only dream of."
"THEY KEEP KILLING SUZIE Torchwood magazine continues to look back at series one of the show with a unique guide to They Keep Killing Suzie. If the title rings a bell, that’s because it’s a riff on The Avengers story title, They Keep Killing Steed, in which the diabolical mastermind of the week tries to infiltrate a peace conference with doubles of John Steed. Plus, we interview one of the episode’s guest stars about the Torchwood experience – after playing a talking tree in Doctor Who, Yasmin Bannerman gave a memorable performance in They Keep Killing Suzie as the sharp-tongued Detective Swanson."
Are you getting this issue? What do you think of the contents?
The cover of Doctor Who Magazine issue #410 has been released (see below) and by gathering information from the cover and from issue #109's Next Issue page, you can have a look at what's inside this issue...
Who is Karen Gillan? - an exclusive interview with the actress playing the companion of 2010!
Torchwood: Children of Earth Preview - a sneak peek at what's to come in the third series!
Julie Gardner - an exclusive interview with the current Executive Producer of Doctor Who!
The Age of Ice - Part 3 of The Doctor and Majenta's latest comic strip adventure.
Time Team - the team watch the 7th Doctor and Ace's adventure 'Battlefield'.
The Fact of Fiction - 'Timelash' is put under the microscope.
The Watcher's Guide to the Fourth Doctor
Gallifrey Guardian - all the latest news in the worlds of Who!
You Are Not Alone
WIN 'Planet of the Dead' on Blu-Ray disc, and more!
Doctor Who Magazine #410 is available in WHSmith's and other good newsagents in the UK on Thursday 25th June 2009 for £3.99.
Are you buying this issue? What do you think of what's inside?
BBC America are running a behind-the-scenes trailer inside-look on Torchwood: Children of Earth featuring interviews with John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Kai Owen, Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner...
Two brand new trailers made for the Australian channel UKTV have been released. One is an epic, cinematic sort of trailer (first video below) and the second is definitely my favourite out of the two - it's Gwen talking despairingly to a camera about a certain Time Lord...
What do you make of each of these trailers? Please comment.
The airdate of Torchwood: Children of Earth has finally been confirmed as July 6th - 10th.
Synopses of each episode have also been released, and they are as follows...
Day One - Episode 1/5
Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones (John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd) return for a new adventure in Torchwood: Children Of Earth, a five-part series for BBC One.
An ordinary day becomes one of terror, as every single child in the world stops. A message is sent to all the governments of Earth: "We are coming." But, as a trap closes around Captain Jack, the sins of the past are returning and long-forgotten events from 1965 threaten to reveal an awful truth.
Torchwood is forced underground as the government takes swift and brutal action. As members of the team are hunted down, Britain risks becoming a rogue state. Meanwhile, the mysterious and powerful 456 draws ever-closer.
Captain Jack, Gwen and Ianto are helpless as events escalate to such a degree that mankind faces the end of civilisation itself.
Day Two - Episode 2/5
As the new Torchwood adventure continues, the team is forced underground when the government takes swift and brutal action. With members of the team being hunted down, only Lois holds the key to Torchwood's salvation. But she is helpless as her superiors make plans for the mysterious Floor 13.
Day Three - Episode 3/5
The eyes of the world turn to Britain, as the 456 announce: "We are here," as the new Torchwood adventure continues. As a pillar of fire descends upon London, the members of Torchwood must battle to protect their own families as the fight gets personal. But will Clem's memories destroy everything?
Day Four - Episode 4/5
Torchwood finally learns the truth about the events of 1965, as the adventure continues. But Britain is in danger of becoming a rogue state, and everything now pivots around John Frobisher, as the Ambassador of the 456 destroys its old allegiances and reveals its true intent.
Day Five - Episode 5/5
Torchwood is defenceless and Gwen Cooper stands alone, as the final sanction begins, in the last part of the new Torchwood adventure.
As violence erupts and the world descends into anarchy, an ordinary housing estate becomes a battleground, where the future of the human race will be decided.
John Barrowman plays Captain Jack Harkness; Eve Myles plays Gwen Cooper; and Gareth David-Lloyd plays Ianto Jones. Torchwood also stars Kai Owen as Rhys Williams; Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, Skins) as John Frobisher; Paul Copley (Coronation Street, The Bill) as Clem; Liz May Brice (Bad Girls, The Bill) as Johnson, Lucy Cohu (Forgiven) as Alice Carter; Nicholas Farrell (Casualty 1909) as Brian Green; Susan Brown (Brideshead Revisited) as Bridget Spears; and Cush Jumbo (Harley Street) as Lois Habiba. What do you make of the airdates and synopses?
Another special Doctor Who panel at San Diego's Comic Con will be held on Sunday 26th July this year between 10am and 11am. The special guests on the panel inlcude David Tennant, Julie Gardner, Russell T Davies and Euros Lyn in a Q&A session. According to BBC America, the team will be answering questions from audience members and will be previewing exclusive clips from each of the final three 2009 specials.
There will also be a Torchwood panel, where John Barowman will join Gardner, Davies and Lyn in a Torchwood Q&A session. They will also discuss the third series of Torchwood, 'Children of Earth'.
Hopefully these panels will be filmed on put onto YouTube like the previous Doctor Who and Torchwood panels.
The BBC Press Office has released the official Press Pack for Torchwood: Children of Earth, containing an introduction with new synopsis, cast list and production team, and interview with Russell T Davies, and interviews with John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones), and Kai Owen (Rhys Williams) with new promo pictures alongside them.
Here's the new synopsis: "Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones return for a brand-new adventure in Torchwood – Children Of Earth, a new five-part series for BBC One.
An ordinary day becomes a world of terror, as every single child in the world stops. A message is sent to all the governments of Earth: "We are coming".
But as a trap closes around Captain Jack, sins of the past are returning, as long-forgotten events from 1965 threaten to reveal an awful truth.
Torchwood are forced underground, as the government takes swift and brutal action. With members of the team being hunted down, Britain risks becoming a rogue state, with the mysterious and powerful 456 drawing ever closer."
The 456 is said to be the Torchwood team most fierce threat to date, Russell T Davies explains how they will deal in such a situation: "This whole story tears Torchwood down and then watches them rebuild, but always questioning them, asking what sort of heroes they are, how far will they go?" He added, "At the same time, we get to know Jack, Gwen and Ianto more intimately than we ever have before – exploring their families, their history, their hopes and loves and their failings, too." "And their lives are on the line – none of them are safe!"
John Barrowman explains, "This storyline is one of the darker Torchwood storylines. Every time you turn a corner you don't know what's going to happen. And when you watch episode one you're going to want to see two, and when you've seen two you'll want to see three. You're just going to want more and more and more."
"This series will actually terrify people." Eve Myles says. "She's got a huge responsibility on her shoulders. A few years ago she was working as a young policewoman in Cardiff. A couple of years later here she is saving the world with Captain Jack. One way or another something's got to give."
Gareth David-Lloyd revealed some interesting information as well: "We filmed it in a quarry and used real pyrotechnics. It was really hot and I had to climb up the side of this quarry. It was the first time in my career I felt like a proper action hero."
Kai Owen remarked, "It's very different to the previous series. I loved the story arc. We were very used to there being different stories spread across 13 episodes – with the only constant thing being the characters. I was very excited about the scripts for this new series – even more so as Russell had written some of them."
I know I've been saying that spoiler warning a lot recently, but this one is probably one of the biggest and most 'spoilerific' posts so far on Doctor Who Fansite! So, if you do not want the final two Doctor Who 2009 specials to be spoiled in a huge way, don't read ahead! You have been warned...
The website io9.com have posted news on two leaked pictures from the Doctor Who 2009 finale set, which will be The Tenth Doctor's swansong. The photo is of David Tennant with two guests actors on set.
Yes, that's right, John Simm is returning to Doctor Who as The Master (looks like The Master's opting for a new look with the blonde hair). Also on photo 1, on the left, is Timothy Dalton in full Time Lord attire as a Time Lord dignitary or High Councillor! So either The Doctor goes back in time to when the Time Lords were alive (unlikely - you know, "time-locked" and all), or they were never actually destroyed.
However, my theory is that The Master might have gone back in time and done something so that he can resurrect the Time Lords or simply bring them back in some way to help him. Also, from photo 2, what on Earth are those barrels or cannisters for?!
Silva Screen Records have released the cover and track details for the official Torchwood: Children of Earth soundtrack, which you can view below along with previews of the tracks.1. The First Sacrifice 2. What's Occurring? 3. Jack's Daughter 4. Diplomatic Cars 5. We Are Coming 6. Thames House 7. Double Crossed 8. Countdown to Destruction 9. The Crater 10. Torchwood Hunted 11. Gwen's Baby 12. On the Run 13. Jack in a Box 14. Ianto Jones 15. Tractor Attack 16. Resurrection 17. Clement MacDonald 18. Something's Coming 19. Eye Spy 20. Trust Nobody 21. The World Looks to the Skies 22. Jack's Secret 23. Clem Remembers 24. Judgement Day 25. Requiem for the Fallen 26. The Ballad of Ianto Jones 27. The Final Day 28. Calm Before the Storm 29. Phase Two Has Begun 30. Requisition 31 31. Here Comes Torchwood 32. He Was a Good Man 33. The Children of the Earth 34. Breaking the Connection 35. Fighting Back 36. Run for Your Lives 37. Sacrifice and Salvation 38. Redemption 39. I Can Run Forever 40. Next Time On Torchwood
'Children of Earth' Soundtrack preview:
Are you going to get this soundtrack? What do you think of the track previews? Please comment.