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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Not your mother's spinoff...some thoughts on Torchwood.

D.W.Q.M.: "It was your instincts and intuition against my logic, and you succeeded." -the First Doctor, to Barbara

I was reading an interesting post over at
Torchwood.TV by Raxacoricofallapatorius, which got me thinking...

...would Torchwood make it over here in the U.S.? Where would it air?

Actually, I had been thinking about that since I saw the first couple of episodes, Everything Changes and Day One.

We had been warned about the swearing so much that I was expecting F-bombs to be dropped every other line. When it finally did happen, it was in such a setting that if this were a real life situation, yeah, I'd expect to hear F-bombs being dropped. Not family friendly, but not so outrageous that you're gonna say, 'Oh come, on! Enough already!!'. And then there was the talk about sex in episode two-actually, I didn't know what to expect, and I have to admit, I was taken slightly aback (me still being quite naive about watching such things), but again, not to the point where I was going to complain about it.

Like Raxacoricofallapatorius, I was wondering, if this show did come here, where would it air without too many edits? My first thought was Showtime-that would be the only place I could see this show coming edit-free...maybe HBO, but I think it would be more at home on Showtime.

Then I read some of the comments and realized there are some channels on basic cable that might pick up Torchwood (if they thought there would be an audience, of course), with only minor edits. Spike, for example. Anyone watch it late at night? You should see some of the programming-and the commericals-especially for their late night hours (hey, I have a CSI and MXC addiction, so yeah, I'm seeing those commericals.) And then there is FX...oh! FX. Home of Nip/Tuck...ah...Nip/Tuck. My sister loves that show, and when it had it's season premiere, my sister told me I should watch it. I was only half watching, and when I looked up, I was greeting with Sean, as Christain "politely" put it, 'porkin' a potential nanny for his baby in a motel.

Also, I bet some of us think that there's no way SciFi would air Torchwood. I was one of them-remember, my first choice was Showtime...but look at Battlestar Galactica-there have been several times this season where the show starts with a 'Viewer discretion is advised' warning. Also-remember LEXX? Bizarre and risque -that's what LEXX was.

What it boils down to, is that if we can somehow show there is an audience for it, I'm sure Torchwood would find a home. I've only seen four episodes so far, and I'm enjoying the series.

Would I show it to my nieces and nephews? No, probably not-not until they are older.

Would I show it to my Mom? The jury is still out on that one-she may seem like she might not enjoy Torchwood, but I've known my mom to enjoy things that I thought were too risque for her. ;)
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Monday, November 27, 2006

It's that time of year again...

D.W.Q.M.: "You've redecorated!" -Sarah Jane Smith

...when my apartment has become a jungle of Christmas boxes, stuffed with decorations, just waiting to be let out!

I think I've already knocked my ankles up at least 20 times...I'll be seeing bruising soon, I'm sure. Yesterday afternoon, my bed was loaded with boxes, and I was relaxing in the living room when I heard my cell phone go off in my bedroom. Making a mad dash, I discovered that the easiest path to my phone was across my bed-so I jumped across it, landing with a soft *thud*, amazed that I hadn't disturbed my boxes much...although a couple had fallen on top of me. *ow!* (the call was from my sister-she wanted to make sure I brought my Favre jersey with me to MN-the Packers are playing the Vikings on the 21st!)

You know, it's really hard to get in the mood to decorate for Christmas when the weather is warm and sunny, the windows are open, and I can hear birds chirping outside. God forbid I ever move to Arizona or someplace else like that-I'd never survive! I love the cold! I love snow! I love going on chilly walks at night, the wind biting my face, and the smell of firewood being burned in fireplaces...I LoVe it! :)

I did manage to start decorating-most of my lights are up (except my bedroom window ones-I need to close the storm windows before I do that). I only had to retire one set of lights this year. My dining room lights-I was actually a little sad-they were the last strand that I bought when I first got my apartment *sniff*-they had some good years! Unfortunately the spare set I had ended up being a little short-doh! But I'll deal. I suspect I may have to replace my hallway lights next year-several bulbs have burned out, and sometimes half the strand goes out-I managed to get them up and working, but their days are numbered. (BTW, 3M hooks are AWESOME!!!!)

Jerm is going to help me with my traditional garland star on my living room ceiling sometime this week. He's also going to help me with my new project-my Mom gave me some pine garland from her old apartment-I'm planning on running it around my living room ceiling-but I need someone who is tall with longer arms (thank you, Jerm! You rock!)

So far things are going smoothly-I bought a Post Office to add to my Christmas Village this year-so I'm excited about that. :) I also have several smaller trees to add to the landscape. It's not going to go up yet-I figured it's safer to wait until the garland is up on the ceiling first. I also have the lights on my Christmas tree, but I haven't pulled out the ornaments yet. My goal is to have it all done by the weekend, so I can put my boxes away instead of tripping over them! LOL.

I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!!!!
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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

D.W.Q.M.: "...why am I thinking of food?" -the Second Doctor

Even though the day is almost over, and those of us who are crazy enough to get up and do some early doorbuster shopping tomorrow are probably in bed (well, except for me ;) ), I'd still like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!



Krismutt Pie
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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Ro and Shar's LAFF Plan update #1

D.W.Q.M.: "Carrot juice, carrot juice..." -the Sixth Doctor

I've been meaning to post my progress on our
Look and Feel Fantastic Plan that Shar and I started in September, but I just haven't gotten around to it. I find it slightly amusing that the day I decide to update is right after our staff potluck luncheon. I've never felt so stuffed at work in my life! ;)

So far it's working great! I've lost at least 10lbs since I've started-even my doctor congratulated me! :) He told me to keep up the good work, and I'll see him again sometime in March for a follow up to see how my chloresterol is (it's a little high right now.) Thankfully everything else is ok-I was mainly worried about my glucose levels-since diabetes does run in my family-but they are normal-yay!

Shar and I have been trying to get more walks in at work-I think it's awesome that we are both doing this-we give each other moral support when someone brings in baked goods to share, or their leftover Halloween candy. She's also helping me keep track of my points (yes, weight watchers points). Shar's been coming up with mini-goals for the different weeks. One week it was to only use the ladies on the third floor-and we had to take the stairs, couldn't take the elevator. (this also prompted the line, "From now on I'm only going to pee on the third floor!" *hee*) This week it's do at least one minute of crunches everyday-so far I've met my mini goal for the week!

This coming week is going to be a challenge with Thanksgiving and all. But the experts say that you shouldn't try to loose weight during the holidays-rather aim for maintaining your weight. Hopefully it won't be too bad. I do love the holidays, and holiday baking. ;)

It's getting late-tomorrow I'm going to go for a walk-last week I planned a whole new walking route-with different options all in the same area, so I won't get bored. :) The plan is to make daily walks a regular habit!
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Friday, November 17, 2006

Doctor Who news

D.W.Q.M.: Sgt. Benton: "What are we going to do now?"
the Second Doctor: "Keep it confused, feed it with useless information. I wonder if I have a television set handy?"

I know, I know-I really need to update my blog more-I'm sorry! I've just been so busy-I'm lucky I get the weekly Doctor Who posts out!!

(author's note: this post can also be found at the Idiot's Lantern.)

Series 2 (season 28)
Fridays, 8pm EST on the SciFi Channel

Current episode:
8.
The Impossible Planet

Previous episodes:
7.
The Idiot's Lantern
6.
The Age of Steel, part 2
5.
Rise of the Cybermen, part 1
4.
The Girl in the Fireplace
3.
School Reunion
2.
Tooth and Claw
1.
New Earth (9:30pm EDT)
The Christmas Invasion (8:00pm EDT)

Doctor Who on BBC7:
Check out
BBC7's Listen Again page to hear the 8th Doctor audios from Big Finish. Current epsiodes are available for one week after it originally airs.

Stones of Venice finished up last Sunday-this Sunday starts one of my favorite 8th Doctor Audios, Invaders from Mars.

This week:
Sunday, November 19th: Invaders from Mars. part 1

Previous:
Sunday, November 12th: Stones of Venice, part 4
Sunday, November 5th: Stones of Venice, part 3
Sunday, October 29th: Stones of Venice, part 2
Sunday, October 22nd: Stones of Venice, part 1

Torchwood
Sundays, 9pm, GMT on BBC3

Current episode:
6.
Countrycide

Previous episodes:
5.
Small Worlds
4.
Cyberwoman
3.
Ghost Machine
2.
Day One
1.
Everything Changes

I'm sorry I don't have much time for news this week, but I thought I would leave you with a couple of links:

Coming to Region 1 dvd in March 2007: The Second Doctor story, the Invasion (complete with the animated versions of episodes 1 and 4), and the Fourth Doctor story, the Sontaran Experiment (yay-now I can get ride of my vhs copy of the the Sontaran Experiment/Genesis of the Daleks-it's taking up alot of space on my shelf! ;) ) [TvshowsonDVD link]

BBC Radio Wales will be broadcasting the Children in Need concert this Sunday. They will have a live stream starting at 6pm GMT, and it will also be available in their Listen Again section after the concert!
BBC Radio Wales: Children in Need Concert details [BBC link]

TAFN, happy Who watching!
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Friday, November 10, 2006

Doctor Who news

D.W.Q.M.: Sgt. Benton: "What are we going to do now?"
the Second Doctor: "Keep it confused, feed it with useless information. I wonder if I have a television set handy?"

(authors note: This post can also be found at the Idiot's Lantern.)

Series 2 (season 28)
Fridays, 8pm EDT on the SciFi Channel

Current episode:
7.
The Idiot's Lantern

Previous episodes:
6.
The Age of Steel, part 2
5.
Rise of the Cybermen, part 1
4.
The Girl in the Fireplace
3.
School Reunion
2.
Tooth and Claw
1.
New Earth (9:30pm EDT)
The Christmas Invasion (8:00pm EDT)

Doctor Who on BBC7:
Check out
BBC7's Listen Again page to hear the 8th Doctor audios from Big Finish. Current epsiodes are available for one week after it originally airs.
This week:
Sunday, November 12th: Stones of Venice, part 4

Previous:
Sunday, November 5th: Stones of Venice, part 3
Sunday, October 29th: Stones of Venice, part 2
Sunday, October 22nd: Stones of Venice, part 1

Torchwood
Sundays, 9pm, GMT on BBC3

Current episode:
5.
Small Worlds

Previous episodes:
4.
Cyberwoman
3.
Ghost Machine
2.
Day One
1.
Everything Changes

Another Doctor Who time change on SciFi! SciFi has changed their schedule around again-the second showing of Doctor Who is back to midnight. Personally, I think this is better-one hour after the original episode aired was a bit too close, I think. I thought they were nuts when they aired the same episode of Battlestar Galactica back to back!

Doctor Who soundtrack! The Doctor Who soundtrack will be released on December 4th, 2006 on Silva Screen Records. The cd will feature music from both the first and second season, plus a song by Neil Hannon which will be featured in the Christmas special, the Runaway Bride. Unitnews has a
track listing on their site. I'm a little disappointed that School Reunion doesn't show up anywhere on the soundtrack (unless it's hidden in one of the other tracks.) I really loved the music from that episode. [BBC link]

A couple of links from the Doctor Who LJ community:
-Doctor Who, along with Winnie the Pooh and Westminster Abbey, is officially an English Icon-as part of England's
ICONS project. [BBC link]

-Amusements:
Chief of UK's MIB speaks out. "Aliens could attack at anytime..." I love the picture
they have there. ;)

The Invasion, with the animated missing episodes, is finally out on DVD in the UK. Check out a clip of the animation, as well as the extended trailer and clips from the commentary. I think animation is a little weird, but I think that's because I'm used to seeing live-action Who-and this format just seems a little strange. I still can't wait for it to come to the States-I'm sure it'll grow on me. :) [BBC link]

All things Torchwood. UnitNews has an excerpt from an interview with John Barrowman from the Friday Night With Jonathan Ross show, which will air tonight on BBC One. [UnitNews link]

TAFN-happy Who watching!
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Friday, November 03, 2006

Doctor Who news

D.W.Q.M.:Sgt. Benton: "What are we going to do now?"
the Second Doctor: "Keep it confused, feed it with useless information. I wonder if I have a television set handy?"

(author's note: this post can also be found at the Idiot's Lantern.)

Series 2 (season 28)
Fridays, 8pm EDT on the SciFi Channel

Current episode:
6.
The Age of Steel, part 2

Previous episodes:
5.
Rise of the Cybermen, part 1
4.
The Girl in the Fireplace
3.
School Reunion
2.
Tooth and Claw
1.
New Earth (9:30pm EDT)
The Christmas Invasion (8:00pm EDT)

Doctor Who on BBC7:
Check out
BBC7's Listen Again page to hear the 8th Doctor audios from Big Finish. Current epsiodes are available for one week after it originally airs.
This week:
Sunday, November 5th: Stones of Venice, part 3

Previous:
Sunday, October 29th: Stones of Venice, part 2
Sunday, October 22nd: Stones of Venice, part 1

Torchwood
Sundays, 9pm, GMT on BBC3

Current episode:
4.
Cyberwoman

Previous episodes:
3.
Ghost Machine
2.
Day One
1.
Everything Changes

Hey, guess what!
Outpost Gallifrey is back! (Or will be very shortly-the news section that is). Click on the website link to get the full details. Yay! :)

Doctor Who took 3 awards home at the
National Television Awards (NTA): Best drama, most popular actor-David Tennant, and most popular actress-Billie Piper. I love David's comment as he accepted his award. Congrats to all!

Series 3 casting update: Miranda Raison, from the BBC show Spooks is set to star as a showgirl from 1930s New York in an episode in the new season. Ryan Carnes, from Desparate Housewives is also lined up for a role in the new season. Hmmm...interesting!

According to
Unitnews, Torchwood's first two epiosdes did extremely well in the ratings. The repeat on BBC 2 also brought in 2.5 million viewers. Nice! Those who have seen it-what do you think of the show?

First spotted on
Sarah Jane.TV (and yes, it would be like me to find a blog dedicated to the Sarah Jane Adventures), a partial transcript with a link to an interview Elisabeth Sladen did for BBC Norfolk. She talks about School Reunion and a little bit about her new show. This is just a short transcript, as more of the interview will be released in December.

TAFN, happy Who watching!
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