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February 26, 2008

Addendum to Torchwood

I was going to mention this in the previous entry but I couldn’t find anywhere to fit it in without ruining the flow so…

One question that does come to mind is “If Torchwood is just another silly adventure show, why the adult elements at all? Why the swearing and sex, why not just make it a kids show too?”

It’s a fair point and I have a theory on that. Torchwood isn’t made for adults. It’s made for teenagers. It wants to be that show that 14 year olds watch in thier bedroom with the volume down in the hope that this episode might have some naked boobies or a guy getting his head blown off. These are the kids who are too ‘cool’ for Doctor Who but to them Torchwood is edgy and sophisticated and crucially, something they can understand. God knows my 14-year old self was smart but wouldn’t have been able to follow The Sopranos.

It also annoys me that that shows like this get so much marketing and support and good time slots from the BBC purely on the basis that they’re home made. Torchwood isn’t bad, but Buffy was far better and Angel almost feels like the show Torchwood dearly wants to be (darker spin-off of a more lighthearted progenitor, immortal lead character, James Marsters…) but they were dicked about the schedules so much (Angel not so much by the BBC as they didn’t even bother to pick it up) they inevitably failed. Meanwhile mediocre shows like Torchwood and even, yes, Doctor Who, are held up as shining examples of thier craft. Clearly the earth is doomed.
*eats apple


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