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Torchwood #1 Preview

Torchwood is back in comic form on Wednesday (August 3rd)! Titan releases the first issue in the ongoing line. Here’s a synopsis and preview pages from Titan Comics!

Torchwood is Back, in an all-new ongoing comics series written by Captain Jack himself, John Barrowman! Captain Jack Harkness is back in Cardiff, and there’s only one person he can turn to, the last person who expected to see him, Gwen Cooper! On the road, on the run, and under fire, can the pair put aside their differences and rebuild the heart of Torchwood, before its flame is stamped out forever? Even better, the new comics series is in continuity with the amazing new Torchwood audio dramas from Big Finish; join us both for the official continuation of the Torchwood saga!

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Episode 78 – Now With Higgs Particle

In this week’s episode we review The Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane story (and one of Shaun’s favorites) The Android Invasion.

Then, in a lead up to next week’s Torchwood Series three review, we give our thoughts on the BBC audio play, Torchwood – Lost Souls.

Also, we have another review from our UK correspondent Philip Malkin on The 11th Hour, the three day convention last weekend in Birmingham, England.

And, of course, we’ll have a look at this week’s news and your feedback.


Doctor Who Monsters Invade Cardiff
TARDIS in Mindcraft video

Pictures from The 11th Hour convention:

Picture from Soonercon in OKC:

June Events In The Vortex (Revised 5/29)

* REVISED! In order to give the Vortex Boys just a bit more time to get though all the Shada goodies, we’ve flip flopped two weeks on the upcoming schedule.  City Of Death has been bumped back a week, and The Keys Of Marinus and Phantasmagoria move up one.

Once again it’s time to update you all on the joyous goodness coming your way. (Or the giggle inducing horror of it all, whichever you prefer!)

Tonight we’ll record episode #74, an Adversary Archive on The Daleks (again). Can’t help it they’ve just got so many episodes.  We’ll discuss the Jon Pertwee stories “Frontier In Space” and “Planet Of The Daleks” that make up the Dalek war box set, as well as Big Finish #7 “The Genocide Machine (Dalek Empire 1)” with Sylvester McCoy.

Next week’s Friday Night Who on 6/1 is the Matt Smith story “The Eleventh Hour”.

And then, the big massive spectacular 75th epiversary is our first set of BOOK REVIEWS!  Glenn will be sharing his thoughts on Crooked World featuring the eighth Doctor by Steve Lyons, Shaun reviews Only Human with the ninth Doctor by Gareth Roberts, and Keith talks about The Story Of Martha with the tenth Doctor by Dan Abnett.

June 8th’s Friday Night Who takes us back to William Hartnell’s First Doctor with “The Keys Of Marinus”.

On Traveling The Vortex episode #76 we’ll review “The Keys Of Marinus” and Big Finish #2 “Phantasmagoria”.

Friday Night Who on 6/15 is the Tom Baker classic “City Of Death” written by Douglas Adams!

For episode #77 is an explosion of Douglas Adams, as we cover “City Of Death” and ALL THINGS SHADA: Shada The Book, Shada The VHS Reconstruction, Shada The Animated Story, Shada The Flash Animation, Shada The Big Finish, Shada The Flame Thrower!

Colin Baker makes a return to Friday Night Who on June 22 with the story “Timelash”.

And then we’ll review “Timelash” and Big Finish #3 “Whispers Of Terror”.

FNW 6/29 is one of Shaun’s all time favorite stories, “The Android Invasion” with Tom Baker. 

TTV #79 covers “The Android Invasion” and the BBC Radio drama: “Torchwood: Lost Souls”.

And our first Friday Night Who of June ( 7/6) is the awesome series one two parter “The Doctor Dances / The Empty Child” with Christopher Eccleston.

Wait!  …what was that? Did you say TORCHWOOD was on the schedule again?  Can that mean?  Yep.  It’s time to subject Keith to the glory of “Torchwood: Children Of Earth” which we’ll cover in episode 80.

As always, an amazing thank you to all of our amazing listeners for joining us on these travels.  Thanks for putting up with us!

Episode 32 – Everything Changes

Rested and rejuvenated, Shaun is back from vacation, and we were able to finally sit down and record another episode of Traveling the Vortex.

This week, a change of pace in the Doctor Who universe, as we take a look back at season 1 of the spin-off series, Torchwood.

Also, Shaun recounts his trip to Omaha, reaction to the new trailer and posters, and of course you feedback,


Links mentioned in this show:

Strategic Air and Space Museum
Doctor Who: The Ten Doctors

Opening theme for this week’s show is “borrowed” from TopherJ316, who’s Torchwood Theme 8-bit version can be found on youtube.com

Passing The Torch(wood)?

Coming up this week will be our first serious look into Doctor Who spin off series Torchwood. While not everyone is a fan of the show, and welcome to their opinions, I’d like to throw out a counter argument in favor of the spin off.

Generally (if incorrectly) thought of as “Doctor Who for adults”, Torchwood started off a little rocky. The concept was sound, a group of investigators tackling the strange and unusual for the benefit of England. The problem is, we’ve already seen that show. It was called “The X-Files” and it was pretty good. Yes, there was (at least originally) more sex and violence and swearing than what you’d find on Doctor Who (that’s where the adult comes in) Torchwood has its share of monster of the week episodes, and a few mythology arcs thrown in, and as Glenn calls it, it’s the cherry on top of the Doctor Who sundae. You don’t need to see it, but it makes the over all experience a bit more enjoyable.

The show grows up a bit in its second season, (although there are still a handful of meh thrown in) becoming even more thoughtful and thought provoking science fiction. But it was the third season “Children Of Earth” miniseries where Torchwood blew the doors off its conventions and came into its own. It did this by going DARKER. Now, Torchwood was already a darker show, especially when compared to Doctor Who, and I think that’s where some people got off the carousel, and that’s fine. But for those who also enjoy a wilder ride, it became some of the most riveting television I have ever seen.

The biggest difference between the two shows is that Doctor Who shows humanity at its best, usually through the rose colored lens that is the Doctor. He wants to believe in our ability to be better than we are, and because of his faith, we frequently rise to his expectations. That is a powerful way of looking at the world. It’s joyous and infectious and makes the show fun to watch. Torchwood tackles some of the same issues and aliens as Who, but does it with just us humans. There is no all powerful savior watching over us, we’re left to our own devices, and we muddle through the best we can. As such, the violence and sex doesn’t seem out of place, it seems… well, human.

At the center of the maelstrom is Captain Jack Harkness. He’s not quite the same cheeky hero we remember from Who, but is himself dark and jaded. As the events of Torchwood play out, we discover the transformation of Jack. Who wouldn’t change after becoming immortal? We understand his detachment, who wouldn’t tune out after hundreds of years without the marvels of the universe to keep one occupied? And eventually, we see his long fall from grace in “Children Of Earth”. It’s a great character arc, it’s well written and compelling. Reminds me a bit of Stephen King. People ask me why I read him when I’m not much of a horror fan. And I always reply with, even if I dislike the subject matter, I enjoy the way the story is told. Torchwood’s story—if nothing else—is well told.

And now with Miracle Day, I’m hoping to see Jacks resurrection. While Torchwood is dark, I can still find the hope. Doctor Who gives me hope for humanity, Torchwood gives me hope for television. Because it’s consistently the most thoughtful thing on, and in today’s wasteland of reality TV, news magazines and game shows, a tightly woven, thinking-man’s science fiction script is a commodity to be cherished. <>