As the world spins on the every move of the Granthams of Downton Abby, it seems there is another BBC show or one may say a revival of a well known character Doctor Who. Again this time I was looking through my travel diary and wondered across some notes on Cardiff, Walls and off I went on the Google highway. That is when I wondered into the world of Doctor Who and Torchwood.

miptv-gavinbarker-4Torchwood is a British science fiction television programme created by Russell T Davies. It’s a spin-off from the revival in 2005 revival of the science fiction program we are more familiar with Doctor Who. The show has a large and still growing audience. In contrast to Doctor Who, whose target audience includes both adults and children, Torchwood (and Downton Abby) is aimed at a more mature audience.

Here is what wiki has to say about this newer TV Show.

Torchwood follows the exploits of a small team of alien-hunters, who make up the Cardiff, Wales branch of the fictional Torchwood Institute, which deals mainly with incidents involving extraterrestrials. Its central character is Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), an immortal former con-man from the distant future; Jack originally appeared in the 2005 series of Doctor Who. Other than Barrowman, the initial main cast of the series consisted of Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Naoko Mori and Gareth David-Lloyd. Their characters are specialists for the Torchwood team, often tracking down aliens and defending the planet from alien and nefarious human threats. In its first two series, the show uses a time rift in Cardiff as its primary plot generator, accounting for the unusual preponderance of alien beings in Cardiff. In the third and fourth series, Torchwood operate as fugitives. Gorman and Mori’s characters were written out of the story at the end of the second series. Recurring actor Kai Owen was promoted to the main cast in series three, in which David-Lloyd too was written out. Subsequently, American actors Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins and Bill Pullman joined the cast of the show for its fourth series.

Did you catch that last sentence “BIll Pullman”. Last time I remember him was from Independence Day with Will Smith. Wasn’t he turned into a toy dog or something or do I have my movies confused?

timthumb.phpWell dog or not, this just proves I am getting a little too tied up with my TV watching these days. I hardly ever watched TV until I got hooked on Downton Abbey this year after going to the Lord Grantham Tea at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. But it looks like I am not the only one. More research has found that the BBC wants to keep us all hooked. You can even get Torchwood audio downloaded to listen to anywhere. Something to listen to while riding the Tube to work each day.

When I was in London I found that most watched U.S. TV Shows. It was a struggle for me to even find a U.K. show to watch while there. I was lucky enough to snag a viewing though of One Direction when they were just starting out on the original X Factor. So may I venture to say could the BBC ever take over all our channels? What do you think?