The story so far:
Doctor Who, the famous BBC Science Ficton show, was brought back last year and was a spectactular success, as far as I’m concerned – much faster paced, and much funnier, than any of the episodes from the original 20-odd-year run that I have seen, which is saying a lot, when you consider that Douglas Adams wrote some of those old shows.
If you haven’t seen them, you’re really missing out, but you can get the first season of the new run on DVD, and the second season is playing right now on the Sci-Fi network on Friday nights.
The exciting news, the thing that has me hugging myself in anticipation, is that a spinoff show, Torchwood, is set to debut Sunday night on BBC 3 (and on torrents everywhere), and somewhat later in North America, via its co-creator, the CBC.
I had known that Torchwood was coming Real Soon Now, but didn’t realize that it was literally tomorrow, and that it stars one of my absolute favorite characters from last year’s season of Doctor Who, Captain Jack Harkness from the 51st century.
To give an idea of why I like the show so much, and to introduce Captain Jack, here is an excerpt from the first season of the revived Doctor Who:
[Our heroes are menaced by a steadily-advancing, deadly mob]
CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS: [Pulls out weapon] Okay! This can function as a sonic blaster, a sonic cannon, and a triple-enfolding sonic disruptor. Doc, what you got?
THE DOCTOR: I’ve got a sonic…
[Fishes around in pockets, gets out his Sonic Screwdriver]
THE DOCTOR: …er, never mind.
CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS: What?
THE DOCTOR: It’s sonic, okay, let’s leave it at that.
CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS: Disruptor? Cannon? What?
THE DOCTOR: It’s sonic, totally sonic, I am soniced up!
CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS: A sonic what?
THE DOCTOR: Screwdriver!
[After they have escaped using Captain Jack’s blaster]
CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS: *Who* has a sonic screwdriver?
THE DOCTOR: I do!
CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS: Who looks at a screwdriver and thinks,
“Oooh, this could be a little more sonic!”?
THE DOCTOR: What? You never been bored? Never had a long night? Never had a lot of cabinets to put up?
Doctor Who, 2005
“The Empty Child”-“The Doctor Dances”
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From Episode 1 of Torchwood:
[A COP is confronting a scary ALIEN in a hospital corridor. A PORTER arrives.]
PORTER: [to scary alien, thinks it’s a man in a mask] Oh! There’s a face! Nice one! Hey, tell you mate, you should try plastic surgery — not on the NHS, mate.
[ALIEN looks at him, appraisingly, threateningly]
PORTER: [oblivious, to COP] You all right?
COP: [still in shock from seeing the ALIEN, not sure that it’s a mask] Yeah!
PORTER: [still oblivious] Bloody hell, that is brilliant! That’s like…uh, Hellraiser! That is first class, that is. Look at that! That is just like real teeth, that’s……aghhh!
[CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS has just shown the COP a lift from a secret underground lair to a public sidewalk in Cardiff.]
COP: But hold on, if no one can see it, when the lift’s comin’ up, there’s a bloody big hole in the sidewalk. Don’t people fall in?
CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS: That is SO Welsh!
COP: What is?
CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS: I show you something fantastic; you find fault.