“Torchwood: Children of Earth” official trailer hits the net.

The bad news is it’ll be a short five episode series this year. The good news is it’ll be broadcast over a five night period mini-series style:

Looks intriguing!

Russell T. Davies interview in L.A. Times.

There’s a really good interview with Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Sarah Jane Smith Adventures executive producer Russell T. Davies in the L.A. Times:

In 2003, the BBC approached Davies to revamp “Doctor Who,” and under his leadership, the show’s success has ballooned. It survived what could have been a massive blow when after the first season it lost its lead, Christopher Eccleston. He was succeeded by David Tennant, who has since become a high-profile star here; he will play Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company later this year. An audience of 13.31 million watched “The 2007 Doctor Who Christmas Special” (with guest star Kylie Minogue)—a lot of people for a small country.

Licensed “Doctor Who” merchandise crowds the shelves at Boots and Borders. Eight-year-old boys in gray flannel school uniforms huddle at bus stops furtively trafficking in the show’s trading cards. “Doctor Who” appears—at least to a displaced foreigner—to be the most visible of Britain’s current pop culture commodities. Having been sold to 40 territories worldwide, it is also among its most exportable; in the U.S., it airs on BBC America and the Sci Fi Channel.

Even Davies sometimes finds it overwhelming. “Put the ‘Doctor Who’ stuff away!” is how he said he sometimes feels. “It’s weird, isn’t it? You see that logo everywhere.” He paused for a moment, and continued. “It’s the time of our lives.”

Among the more interesting bits includes news that the The Sarah Jane Adventures is coming state-side as well as when we can expect to see the fourth series of the new Doctor Who:

What’s striking about the “Doctor Who” franchise is the wide age range it not only speaks to but also seeks out. When Davies embarked on “The Sarah Jane Adventures,” about an investigator and her 14-and-younger companions, he sought to tell younger stories without neutering them. There’s death and despair, he said, but less violence and more fun. Also, Davies added, with a laugh, “more hugs.” (It will be broadcast on the Sci Fi Channel beginning in April.)

The same can be said for “Torchwood,” though hugs on that show usually turn to more. If “The Sarah Jane Adventures” is G to “Doctor Who’s” PG-13, then “Torchwood” is decidedly R. Which is not to say kids here aren’t watching—and Davies thinks the crossover is to be celebrated. “I won’t even engage in it,” he said of being confronted by parents offended by the open bisexuality of “Torchwood” leader Capt. Jack Harkness (played by American actor John Barrowman). “I won’t apologize for it. I won’t even defend it. Because a defense is an apology.”

There’s also an interesting bit on how James Marsters got cast in season 2 as a recurring character:

It will help that in the season opener, they bonded in hatred over Capt. John Hart, a time agent who shares a complicated and passionate history with Jack. Much has been made of “Torchwood’s” similarity to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which gives a seemingly layered significance to the casting of James Marsters, “Buffy’s” Spike, in the role of Capt. John. But Davies said the choice was just a happy coincidence. He’d given up on finding a British actor to play the role and had temporarily scrapped the character when out of the blue Marsters’ agent got in touch. Still, Sunnydale-starved viewers may have felt that they got a shout-out when Marsters, in a costume half Adam Ant and half Janet Jackson circa “Rhythm Nation,” ended his first scene with the line “I’m thirsty.” It’s a recurring guest spot.

Season 4 of “Doctor Who” airs in the spring here and in the U.S. (on Sci Fi, starting in April). Then 2009 will be what Davies calls a “gap year,” with only four one-hour specials. Although the show has been commissioned for a complete season in 2010, he and Tennant are not yet signed on.

I’m a little happier to hear that 2009 will still see four one hour specials instead of the single Christmas special that was originally announced and I’m not too worried about Tennant signing on for the 2010 year as he’s already suggested he plans to do so. Some folks think Davies needs to move on to other things and Davies himself seems to feel the same way so it’ll be interesting to see who takes his place in 2010, if Davies does leave that is.

Oh, by the way, Season 2 of “Torchwood” started a week ago.

Season 2 of the Doctor Who spin-off series known as Torchwood got underway in England a week ago last Wednesday with episode two airing last night. I’ve downloaded and watched both shows already and had been meaning to mention it, but kept getting distracted by Call of Duty 4 (which is the same reason I missed the third episode of The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Monday).

The good news for those of you who don’t want to be bothered with BitTorrenting the files is that the first season did well enough on BBC America that they’ve arranged to have season 2 air a mere two weeks after it does in the U.K.. That means the first episode of the new season will hit the airwaves Stateside at 9PM Saturday, January 26th. You can check the full schedule for repeats at the BBC America Torchwood homepage. If, for example, you miss it this Saturday one of the additional times you can possibly catch it will be right before episode two airs the following Saturday. There’s enough repeat airings to ensure that you should be able to time shift it without it conflicting with another show, assuming you have a DVR to time shift it with. I don’t, but then I’ve already admitted that I’m grabbing the files as soon as they hit the net.

So far the new series is fairly intriguing and I think the quality of the stories is improving over the first season, but we’re only two shows in so it’s a bit early to judge. If you’ve seen it, particularly you U.K. folks who drop by, what did you think of it?

Oh, did I mention that Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s James Marsters shows up as a fellow Time Agent that has a past history with Capt’n Jack in the first episode? Yeah, that was pretty cool.

The Doctor’s TARDIS will be crowded next season.

According to the folks at Outpost Gallifrey the next season of the new Doctor Who will find the doctor dealing with not just one companion, but a total of three.

First the season starts off with the return of Donna (Catherine Tate) from last year’s Christmas episode, then later Martha (Freema Agyeman) will return from a stint with the Torchwood folks and finally Rose (Billie Piper) will find her way back into the TARDIS from the alternate reality she was supposedly trapped in. Initial reports on the web suggested she’d be back for at least three episodes, but the official Doctor Who homepage says those reports should be taken with a grain of salt and that, at the moment, they’ll only confirm that Rose is returning to the series.

This has a bit of a what-are-we-going-to-do-to-top-last-year’s-season feel to it and makes me somewhat concerned for the shows long-term viability, but it will be cool to see Rose in action again.

“Torchwood” coming to BBC America.

The Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood will be airing soon on BBC America:

Exciting news from BBC AMERICA’s press department hit the wires this morning: the entire channel is undergoing a “radical makeover” later this year. The channel will now “focus exclusively on bringing U.S. audiences the very best in contemporary British programs – including a greater emphasis on our world renowned news coverage,” according to our new head honcho, Garth Ancier. Lots of great acquisitions to announce, including MI-5 (Spooks to you UKers), the long-running youth soap Hollyoaks (which I love), Hotel Babylon, the new Jennifer Saunders comedy The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle, Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood, and new seasons of Hex, Life On Mars, and Doctor Who.

I miss the BBC America channel. We had it back in Canton thanks to Wide Open West cable, but Charter doesn’t carry it which is just one more reason for me to think Charter is a crappy cable network.