Episode 36: Dead of Night

Martyn, Gerrod and the now officially-announced third Bad Wilfer, Pete, look at Torchwood: Miracle Day – Dead of Night.

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Episode 34: Torchwood Audio Plays

Martyn is joined by Pete and they discuss the three Torchwood audio plays, The Devil and Miss Carew, Submission and House of the Dead.

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Audioboom, Player fm and Itunes.

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Torchwood UK Ratings

The BBC One and BBC One HD, showing of Torchwood:Miricale Day-A New World, attracted an over night figure of  4.8 million viewers

Day One, The first episode of the last Torchwood series, had an overnight rating of 5.9 million. I can’t help but think that this decline, is due to the BBC’s poor decision in showing the episode, one week behing the US. In these days of digital copies, a week is as good as a year…

Episode 33: Torchwood: Miracle Day

Martyn and Gerrod discuss Torchwood: Miracle Day – The New World

Martyn is then joined by Chris and Laura from the Oodcast: theoodcast.com

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Torchwood: Miracle Day, Episode One. Spoiler-free review

Each incarnation of Torchwood has been dramatically different to the last. Series one started out on the digital channel, BBC3, series two was moved to BBC2 and series three was promoted to a prime time BBC1 slot. So where do you go for series 4? Well, to America. The new joint venture between BBC worldwide and Starz is a thing of beauty. It’s Torchwood with the budget Torchwood deserves.

The tone this time round is slightly different – it’s not as dark as series three but isn’t as fluffy as series one and two. This is good old fashioned BBC drama that happens to have a sci-fi theme. It raises huge moral and social questions.

The pace is fast and very action packed and the culture clashes between the US cast and the Welsh cast provide the funniest lines of the episode. The action really kicks off as soon as Jack arrives. It does, for a while, focus mainly on the US cast but that is understandable as this is series one for the Americans and series four for the UK. Don’t worry, it isn’t long until Jack, Gwen and Rhys are in full frame. The new cast add so much; Bill Pullman is on fine form as the convicted child molester Oswald Danes. Bill plays the role with an understated menace, which makes him extremely creepy. He puts a pause in the right place and it sends shivers down your spine.

The theme tune and title sequence have been changed and they work well, as does Murray Gold’s musical score throughout, setting the tone of each scene perfectly.

Episode one leaves you wanting more and from the series trailer we were shown, we’re in for a good ride. I’m only worried about where they can take Torchwood after Miracle Day – the only logical place would be a movie, which would be welcomed with open arms.

BW reporter Martyn

Episode 29: The Rebel Flesh

Martyn and Gerrod look at Doctor Who: The Rebel Flesh.

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Torchwood Star Joins The Dark Night Rises

Former Torchwood actor, Burn Gorman has been cast in The Dark Knight Rises, which is potentially a career changing opportunity. Production is getting closer and closer. The film’s director Christopher Nolan has also added Daniel Sunjata and Diego Klattenhoff. They are joining a cast that now includes Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple and Josh Pence.

Sunjata will be playing “a courageous special forces operative” and Klattenhoff will be “a rookie cop who is looking to make a difference.” No word on who Gorman will play other than a supporting role in the film.

The Dark Knight Rises starts shooting in Pittsburgh, USA. This summer for a Summer 2012 release date

Torchwood-Department X. Review

Department X finds the Torchwood team investigating the old Cardiff department store, GR Owen.
The team go undercover to determine why customers are disappearing.
It’s written by James Goss and Kai Owen is on vocal duty again. The style has changed for this audio, it’s no longer a first person narrative, it’s more like a regular audio book.

Now, this isn’t up to the high standard of the previous audio, Ghost Train, but it’s still extremely entertaining. Kai Owen does another brilliant reading, again capturing the essence of all the Torchwood team, as well as new characters, the musical stores and sound effects still work well.

This is a return to the Torchwood of yester-year, it feels like a series 2 story, not as dark as children of Earth, but not as fluffy as series 1.

I imagine it’s the last time the Ianto Jones features in any Torchwood spin-off, as future adventures are more likely to be based, between children of earth and the new US format, or on the US format

You can get this audiobook straight from Audiogo, on cd or download for under a tenner, which is a bargain really.

 

Review-Torchwood:Ghost Train

It’s been too long since our last instalment of any kind of, Torchwood. So this release was welcomed with open arms.
Ghost Train is written by James Goss.
Goss has already written a few novels for both Doctor Who and Torchwood, he wrote 2009’s Torchwood’s audio play, the Golden Age.

Ghost train is a first person narrative, Its set between Series 2 and Children of Earth.
It’s centred around Rhys Williams and so no other than, friend of the Bad Wilf podcast, Kai Owen is brought in to read it. No, I really am shameless enough to put in a plug, during a review.

Kai has a great voice for audio.
The reading is very clear, even while he is imitating the voices of the other characters. The sound effects and music work well and add real atmosphere but don’t distract from the speech.

The story starts out about missing fridges but then it gets complicated. It centres around a train pulling into a station late night/early morning, years after the track has been abandoned. For the 2 weeks previous many strange things have been happening. Radios telling people to kill.
SatNav’s telling drivers to run people over. And it all has something to do with that train. The train is coming from a world that has just recently been destroyed and now what’s coming from that world, is coming to this one.

I absolutely loved this story, Its a 2 CD set, at just under 2 hours and 20 minutes. Honestly, it could have done with being slightly longer.
It’s funny when it has to be funny, it’s gripping when it needs to grip and it doesn’t feel like 2hrs and 20mins.
Kai manages to capture the essence of every character, extremely well, especially Ianto, he nail’s Gareth David-Lyod’s dry wit, and speech perfectly. He captures Gwen and Jack pretty well too.

Like the previous Doctor Who Audiobook it is also split into chapters for ease. It also contains the £5 off your first purchase code. Like all other Torchwood Audiobooks, this should be considered canon.

You can get this audiobook straight from Audiogo, on cd or download for under a tenner, which is a bargain really.

Episode 21: No Glove, No Love

Martyn and Gerrod discuss Torchwood series 1, episode 1: Everything Changes.

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