Captain Jack Harkness

Lost Thursday

A mere two days until ‘Miracle day’, and I have already resigned to the loss of my Thursdays for the next 10 weeks. Getting up at 5am, returning from work around 5pm, the volunteering until past 8pm – Torchwood, I hope, will be my little reward for a long hard day. No pressure Captain Jack!

I have seen a couple of trailers – one recently, one a while back – and I have high hopes. ‘The Children of Earth’ redefined what Torchwood could be as a series, so doubling the length, adding new characters and presenting the team in a new environment certainly has potential, I hope, for something even better.

I have been wondering about the accents. While Captain Jack should appeal to an American audience, as he effectively comes across as a native speaker, I’m thinking more about the Welsh contingent. Will the Americans require Gwen tone down her accent, or do the StarZ network offer sub-titles for the non-English elements of the script?

Weevil Time

If you have an overwhelming urge to construct you own Torchwood Weevil army, now would seem to be as good as time as any. Need to fill you Pandorica chamber with growling Weevil menaces – no problem. Get yourself down to your local branch of Toys R Us, and you’ll likely find – as I did – that Torchwood series action figures are currently half price. Maybe better than half price. I think the label said ¬£2.99, but I could be wrong. Weevil, Cyberwoman, Jack or Gwen – you can take your pick. However, given neither Jack or Gwen look like the characters/actors, I’d stick with the Weevils.

No. No one in their right mind would want to buy even one Cyberwoman. Don’t. Just don’t.

Connections Unseen

I’ve been thinking about connections, considering what might have caused certain events or points of focus.

Is it possible, for example, that one of the tears in reality, like that in Amy’s childhood bedroom, also caused the sun to go nova causing the grand exodus of Earth seen in “The Beast Below”?

Aside from the fact River Song seems to have spent a lot of time there, is the pull of the 51st century significant, given humanity harnessed the power of time travel during this period – seen in the despicable acts of the evil mad man Magnus Greel and the formation of the Time Agency, of which Jack Harkness was a member? I’m reasonably sure it isn’t connected, but Jack’s home in the Boeshane Peninsula suffered mass deaths from an unimaginable horror in this very century. A coincidence of continuity, but still…

Does the presence of Amy and Rory on the distant hilltop suggest more than just a passing interest in their earlier selves – and why is the Doctor somewhat blas√© about it, considering the dangers? The events of Father’s Day resulted in his death and came about because Rose tampered with causality – is his memory so short?

Or, perhaps, memory has become a problem for everyone – with Amy forgetting the Daleks (and, for that matter, Van Statten not being aware of them either in 2012 as he struggled to engage with his silent Metaltron – in “Dalek”, despite the mass invasions of “Army of Ghosts”/”Doomsday” and “The Stolen Earth”/”Journey’s End” a few years earlier) and a strong reliance in recent episodes on perception filters keeping what is openly there out of sight and out of mind. Can we trust anything we’re seeing, given the Doctor’s own subconscious dark side can work against him with such murderous intent?

Children of Earth

Well, I just sat and watched the whole of Children of Earth in a single marathon sitting. Feel the need to sum up my thoughts without being too detailed or complete.

In truth, it wasn’t bad, but it didn’t quite work in the end. You know the scenario that we’ve seen so many times before in this and other series – how do you deliver the finale that matches all the build-up? Well, when you destroy the Hub in the first episode, how do you keep ramping up the action?

Characterisation was good. Frobisher troubled, the new PM self-serving and spineless. Pushy Americans and spunky young women PAs… Check! Keeping the 456 out of sight ensured we weren’t disappointed… And it had all the temper tantrums and attacks of projectile nausea you expect from a TV drug addict extraterrestial.

Is Captain Jack becoming too tortured now? Perhaps. You have to wonder why we never heard about the Torchwood extended families before now… That sort of thing is so Russel T, after all. Wouldn’t that have been an ideal target for Jack’s enemies in the past – like Captain John?

The conclusion. Well, it worked and didn’t come across as too forced, as some Who conclusions have in the recent past. However, all the sacrifice and torment came in the same few episodes as it was established. We didn’t know Jack’s family before, so areas as traumatized by the events of the final episode as we might have been if we’d met them earlier? I don’t know. I suspect not.

In short, worth watching and still better than some of the first season dross. Hope this isn’t the last we see of Torchwood…