SciFi Weekend: Torchwood and Doctor Who News

John Borrowman discussed Torchwood: Miracle Day in the video above. Are we really in store for “full-on, naked sex”?

The BBC Press Office has released a synopsis of the first episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day. The listing is for BBC One on Thursday on July 14, with the episode premiering in the United States on Starz on July 8. It also airs on July in Canada and Australia.

One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep ageing – they get hurt and sick, but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight.

With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month’s time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as CIA agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking: “What is Torchwood?”, he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human … for ever.

In The New World, the launch episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day, Agent Rex Matheson is impaled in a car crash and miraculously survives, while his analyst, Esther Drummond, sets out to discover what Torchwood is. Far away, in Wales, Gwen Cooper lives in hiding with her husband Rhys and daughter Anwen – she’s the last surviving Torchwood member and is determined to stay hidden. In Kentucky, convicted murderer Oswald Danes survives his own execution. And when Esther meets the mysterious Captain Jack Harkness, assassins are activated to kill them all…

Alex Kingston discussed her role as River Song on BBC Breakfast in the video above. Karen Gillan also made some news with allegations in The Daily Mail that she was found nude in a New York hotel after partying. My theory is that either it was a Ganger or that Karen had been traveling in a TARDIS and her clothes wound up lagging behind in her trip through time.

There is some interesting news from Steven Moffat coming out of ComicCon Paris. Moffat has again tried to calm fans about rumors about a shortened series of Doctor Who for 2012:

Moffat said Contrary to what you may have heard, there will be the same number of episodes next year. At the end of the conference, Steven Moffat returned to the subject to add There will be the same number of episodes. But its true that there will be a change in the mode of distribution. I would explain it all. Later.

Moffat responded to the fan speculation about the number of times Rory has appeared to die, noting that Rory really did die and return once. Moffat says “dead Rory leads to something. There will be a pay-off.”

Moffat had this to say about the revelation that River Song is Amy Pond’s daughter: “River Song, you do not know anything yet.” This conceivably could cast doubt upon what we learned, but I take this as meaning that just knowing that River is Amy’s daughter hardly tells us much about the character. I’ve already pointed out in previous posts that a tremendous number of questions persist about River Song.

In the one bit of non-Torchwood/Doctor Who news for this week, word came from Starz last week that Camelot is not being renewed. The show was mixed, but I wish it got more time to establish itself. A second season after the basics of the show were set up in the first might have been much better. It was also harder for the show to get established this year, competing for attention with the much better show from HBO, Game of Thrones.