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Episode 4 – Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight

In this episode of Traveling the Vortex, we discuss filming of “Torchwood: Miracle Day” starting in the U.S.

Also congratulations to David Tennant and Georgia Moffat on their impending new arrivals and wedding date.

Also in this episode, DVD discussion and plans for a review of some of the classic material.

Plus a review of “The Vampires of Venice”, “Amy’s Choice”. “The Hungry Earth” and “Cold Blood”. If you’d like to send us feedback you can e-mail us at travelingthevortex@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter – @travelvoretex, friend us on Facebook, or leave a message on our Google Voice number (913) 890-3025. We’d love to hear from you!

Technical Difficulties

We are currently experiencing some issues with uploading the latest episode to our server. We have been informed that the problem is being looked at, but in the meantime there will be a delay in getting the next show out on the feeds. Keep checking back, and we will let you know when it becomes available.

Recording Sunday

The next episode of Traveling the Vortex will be recorded on Sunday night. If you’d like to provide questions or feedback, you can send it to travelingthevortex@gmail.com, or leave audio feedback on our Google Voice at (913) 890-3025. You can also find us on Twitter – @travelvortex, or on Facebook. Submissions should be in before 10pm CST.

Also be sure to vote in our poll on the blog on whether we should go back and review some older Silurian episodes from the classic era after our review of “The Hungry Earth” and “Cold Blood”.

Episode 3 – The Angels Have the Podcast!

In this episode Shaun, Keith, and Glenn discuss the Weeping Angels and River Song story arc. We also show our love and appreciation for the writing of Steven Moffat. To send us feedback you can contact us at travelingthevortex@gmail.com, leave a comment on this blog post, or call our Google Voice number at (913)890-3025. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter – @travelvortex.

Lauren Ambrose Joins Newly Renamed Torchwood: Miracle Day

According to Spinoff Online

Six Feet Under star Lauren Ambrose has signed on for the highly anticipated fourth season of Torchwood, newly retitled as Torchwood: Miracle Day.

Entertainment Weekly reports that she’ll appear in seven of the 10 episodes as Jilly Kitzinger, “a sweet-talking PR genius with a heart of stone who’s just cornered the most important client of her career … and maybe of all time.” Ambrose joins returning stars John Barrowman and Eva Myles, recent additions Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phifer (Lie to Me, ER) and the just-cast Alexa Havins (All My Children) and Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse).

Previously called Torchwood: The New World, the co-production of Starz and BBC Worldwide tried on its new title last week as creator Russell T. Davies revealed the first plot details during the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

“The premise is a miracle happens in the world,” Davies said. “One day, on Earth, no one dies. The next day, no one dies. The day after that, no one dies. The [people who are] dying, keep dying … but don’t actually die. The possibility of death ceases to exist. Which is great for some people. But it’s an instant overnight population boom. The earth relies on people dying … What is society going to do now? Some of the answers are beautiful and brave. Some of the reactions are terrifying.”

Torchwood: Miracle Day began production this week, and will debut on Starz and BBC One on July 1.

River Song / Weeping Angels 101

Well, it looks like Keith will be delving all the way back into Weeping Angels lore (at least all that we fans know about them, anyway.)

This weeks poll asked if Keith should watch “Blink” and “Silence in the Library” / “Forest of the Dead” duo-logy before tackling “The Time of Angels” and “Flesh and Stone”. You spoke and Keith listened, so he has begun his crash coarse on the origins of both story lines.

Fortunately for him there is little of Ten to worry about in “Blink” to add to the confusion, however, he is about to get a double dose of Tennant’s Doctor AND Donna Noble in Season Four.

We are still discussing whether or not to split this week’s discussion in two. I guess you’ll have to wait to find out in the next episode of Traveling the Vortex, coming very soon!

Poll Closes Soon!

There are just a few hours left to vote on our web poll on whether Keith should watch “Blink” and “Silence in the Library” / “Forest of the Dead” duo-logy BEFORE “The Time of Angels” and “Flesh and Stone”. You can find the poll on the right hand side of the blog. Happy voting!

Episode 2 – Fishfingers, Beasties, and Daleks!

Episode 2 of Traveling the Vortex is now available on the feed!

This week we talk a bit about Torchwood: Miracle Day, and the Dr. Who YouTube Channel. Keith has watched the first three episodes of Season 5 since then, so we discuss what he and the others thought of them. We round out the episode by discussing how Keith should continue.What do you think? Should he go back and watch Blink, Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead before continuing on to The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone? Sound off and let us know!

If you’d like to leave feedback, you can e-mail us at travelingthevortex@gmail.com. You can also follow us on twitter – @travelvorex, and on Facebook. If you’d like to leave us an audio feedback, we have a Google Voice box as well. The number is 913-890-3025.

Thanks for listening!

UPDATE: In this episode we also talked about the opening theme, and that it represents our passion for gaming, particularly from the late 80’s and early 90’s (or the NES years). Giving credit where credit is due, here is a link to composer, ShatteredDreams888’s YouTube channel where the theme comes from. http://www.youtube.com/user/ShatteredDreams888

"Torchwood: Miracle Day" details

The BBC and Starz Entertainment, today announced new cast, plot and character details for the new series of Torchwood.

– First is the name change from Torchwood: New world to Torchwood: Miracle Day.
– It will premier this July.
– Cast
  – Mekhi Phifer (ER and Lie To Me) as Rex Matheson, a C.I.A.operative.
  – Bill Pullman (Independence Day) as Oswald Danes, a convicted child killer who survives his own execution to become the most infamous man on the planet.
  – Alexa Havins as Esther Drummond, a deskbound C.I.A agent
  – Arlene Tur as Dr Vera Juarez, a Washington D.C. surgeon
  – John Barrowman and Eve Myles will return in their roles as Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper respectively.

– The 10-episode installment has been written by a team led by Torchwood creator, Russell T Davies, and produced by BBC Worldwide Productions.

The plot of Miracle Day (SPOILERS): 

  • One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging — they get hurt and sick — but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four months’ time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.

Recording Tonight!

Keith, Shaun and I will sit down and record our second episode of Traveling the Vortex tonight. We’ll be talking about the first three episodes of Doctor Who – Season 5 starring Matt Smith as The Doctor. Be sure to look for it on the feeds coming soon.

And thank you to everyone who has discovered and downloaded our inaugural episode. We were a little overwhelmed by the amount of people who have been attracted to out site.

If you’d like to leave feedback, you can e-mail us at travelingthevortex@gmail.com. You can also follow us on twitter – @travelvorex, and on Facebook. If you’d like to leave us an audio feedback, we have a Google Voice box as well. The number is 913-890-3025.

Thanks for listening!

River Song on the Late Late Show

Don’t forget to set your DVRs tonight. Alex Kingston (River Song) is on The Late Late Show With Craig Freguson tonight on CBS. I also understand that the Doctor Who cold open planned for the night Matt Smith was on, was finally cleared by their legal department. So if you didn’t catch it on YouTube, tonight could be a special treat.