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Gareth David-Lloyd, and Welsh drag queens…

Gareth David-Lloyd, and Welsh drag queens…

Not exactly my cup of tea, but if you’ve ever wanted to see Gareth David-Lloyd (Ianto Jones of Torchwood) compering a Welsh drag queen competition for a Welsh short-film comedy then:

More about the film on their own website or Facebook – and don’t forget to tell your friends…

Bless Russell T. Davies

Bless Russell T. Davies

So, some parts of fandom have amusingly (or not amusingly) exploded over the events of Torchwood: Children of Earth.

Russell T. Davies’ response to them?: “If you can’t handle drama you shouldn’t watch it. Find something else. Go look at poetry. Poetry’s wonderful.” – and recommends they all go off and watch Supernatural instead.

Bless him. His excellent book/collection of emails The Writer’s Tale revealed a self-doubting writer coupled with bouts of intense confidence – like all writers – but it’s moments like this that just want to make me sit back and applaud.

Extreme fandom…

Extreme fandom…

As some people may have noticed, Torchwood: Children of Earth annoyed quite a few Torchwood fans, and some of them responded in less than flattering ways, especially towards one of the writers, the gentlemanly James Moran.

The best quote I saw was when someone Twittered James to ask that he walk into the production offices and shoot the executive producer. Fan-icide, you might say.

So I wrote a short 400-word article about it for Ariel, the BBC’s in-house magazine – reproduced here for your slight enjoyment…

An article I wrote for Ariel

An article I wrote for Ariel

Of course, extreme acts of fandom stupidity and inaneness are not restricted to Torchwood fans, oh no… read an earlier post and the priceless comment

So this is Torchwood…

So this is Torchwood…

Just how many “cinematic” shots of Cardiff can one BBC Three drama sustain? Just how many night shoots? From the looks of Torchwood, a lot of them.

Some of the shots did manage to make Cardiff look glorious and cinematic, particularly the sweeping helicopter shot of Captain Jack – so good they kept using it over and over again. Apart from anything else, what on earth *would* he be doing on the roof?

The production team also managed the neat trick of making me look at certain less salubrious parts of Cardiff and go “oooh, that looks pretty” in a way I never thought when walking back at midnight. Must walk around Cardiff more often the next time I pop down there.

The plot itself was fairly formulaic and dull – as inevitably any first episoder would be – but the story actually went in a different way to the way I thought, and had me almost at the edge of my seat by the end.

But oh dear, oh dear, oh dear … spoilers ahead

Tooth and Claw's car-crash ending

Tooth and Claw's car-crash ending

I never thought I’d see wire-fu on a British TV show, let alone Doctor Who, of all things. But there it was. And it looked spectacular. I’ve been playing it back and forth over and over again.

Spoilers live beyond here…

X-Files! in Cardiff! with Captain Jack!

X-Files! in Cardiff! with Captain Jack!

BBC NEWS | Doctor Who spin-off made in Wales

Bloody hell. Sounds like an X-Files set in modern-day Cardiff starring Captain Jack in a quasi renegade UNIT-type organisation investigating alien goings-on in Cardiff. Which seems strange since the last time we saw him, he was trapped on an Earth-bound space station in 200,000.

Still, if Cardiff is anything to go by, there’s plenty of material for him to work on!

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