Day One: First Glance

A double bill of Torchwood on BBC Three this evening, and every sign that Russell T might have pitched this series a little too… darkly. Cardiff comes under threat from an alien entity that feeds off the high of sexual climax. Torchwood accidentally release the alien from fallen space debris and the amorphous alien sets out on a murderous rampage of orgasms.

Now, Torchwood was never billed for kids… Russell T made it pretty clear that the series was for adults. Heck, the BBC have chosen a standard timeslot of 10pm on a Sunday night… firmly within the confines of the watershed set up as a fair guide to parents that programming herein could contain material of a violent or explicit nature.

But… Doctor Who spread Torchwood throughout the whole of the last series. Kids will have seen the adverts… they will be raving about it… and parents will no doubt let them stay up without a second thought. I have to say that isn’t clever and inspired parenting… but, I can’t do anything about that. The BBC will get complaints. People will complain that about the sex, the shagging in the toilets. People will make out like the BBC are to blame. Perhaps, just perhaps, Russell T shouldn’t have made such an effort to get people interested in Torchwood. Or at least set this episode later in the series when the tone could have been more formally established.

Does Terry Wogan still do Points of View?

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