An Essay on TORCHWOOD: Series 1

Neo’s written essay on TORCHWOOD: Series 1.
What was Russell T Davies doing in 2006, setting a dark and sexy sci-fi crime drama in a city where the kebabs are velocitised? How well were the themes of the series executed, those themes of mundane life as humanising, trivium the only meaningful defence against meaningless death, and the friction of fae worlds jutting up against these mundane ones? Why do moments even beyond Cyberwoman fighting pterodactyls grate, and feel adrift with the rest of the show?
Plus a ranking of the thirteen episodes!

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TORCHWOOD: Series 1 | Discussion & Review Podcast

Who Cares about Torchwood’s first series? Who cares about the adult-aimed sci-fi crime drama spinoff of DOCTOR WHO? One of us hadn’t cared at all up until now, this being her first watch, while others of us had cared a lot over the years. All of us had quite the chat, over quite the series of quite the show.

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YEARS AND YEARS | Episode 3 | Review & Discussion

Who Cares about YEARS AND YEARS, three weeks in? Well, what’s there to care about? Skeevy IQ testing, even skeevier BBC titling, Viv Rook’s Last Supper, cathartic car crushing, Murray Gold’s music, and multiple moments of embarrassment for the cast, as the show’s halfway point is reached. The show being YEARS AND YEARS, not WHO CARES? of course (have no fears, we’ve stories for…years!).

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YEARS AND YEARS | Episode 2 | Review & Discussion

Who Cares about the second episode of Russell T Davies’ new show, YEARS AND YEARS? With a new and musical intro, the cast discuss real-life biohacking, Theresa May, RTD+Moffat’s treatment of religion, deniable irony, pornography, family sagas, multi-generational living (and more!), as the episode that covered 2024 to 2025 spawns much discussion.

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YEARS AND YEARS | Episode 1 | Review & Discussion

Who Cares about former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies’ new show, YEARS AND YEARS? In this first instalment of coverage for the six-episode miniseries, that question is thoroughly answered. Music, politics, a surprising link between Russell T Davies and Quentin Tarantino; much is discussed as the years of 2019 to 2024 that the episode covered are examined.

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