Does Torchwood Need Fixing?

  • Torchwood‘s second season finale left many fans shocked. In one moment, viewers lost two fan favorite characters, Owen Harper (Burn Gorman) and Toshiko Sato (Naoko Mori). How can the series survive? The folks at Discover Magazine offer five ways to “fix” Torchwood. One of their suggestions is “More Sex”: “For a show that was supposed to combine Doctor Who and sex, lately there hasn’t been very much of the latter. Honestly, Captain Jack talks a good game and he smooched James Marsters, but Series 2 showed him to be a pretty sedate monogamist. Sure, he gets it on in the office, but so did George Costanza. On top of that, they killed off the two most sexually active Torchwood team members (Owen and Tosh). We really need to get back to the good old-fashioned interspecies deviant sex plots.” Agree? Disagree? What changes would you like to see for Season Three, if any?
  • Can Russell T. Davies nab fellow Welshperson Catherine Zeta-Jones to play the Timelord’s companion in a Doctor Who special? Imagine that. David Tennant and CZJ would sizzle together.(Den Of Geek)
  • Doctor Who and Top Gear dominated the TV Choice Awards.(ITN)
  • Minnie Driver popped over the weekend: she has given birth to a son, Henry Story Driver.(Just Jared)
  • The trailer is out for Frost/Nixon.
  • The new Guy Ritchie movie is No. 1 at the UK box office.(BBC)
  • Pob plagiarism: Victoria Beckham has stolen Halle Berry‘s Bond Girl haircut.(Telegraph)
  • Burial, the mysterious British dubstep producer, is the bookies’ pick to win the Mercury Prize for his album, Untrue.(Guardian)
  • No Salman Rushdie on the Booker Prize shortlist. (BBC)
  • Another red carpet event, another report from The Sun that Keira Knightley‘s the next Karen Carpenter.
  • The man charged with attacking Noel Gallagher is 47 years old, making that onstage tackle even more impressive. Seriously, the Giants should sign that guy.(BBC)
  • Andy Murray may have lost to Roger Federer in yesterday’s U.S. Open final, but he’s Britain’s best hope for a homegrown tennis champion.(The Herald)
  • London beats Paris in fine dining?(Evening Standard)
  • Monty Python‘s Michael Palin – not Alaska Governor Sarah Palin – for Vice President?(Swamp)
  • The Times embraces ’70s rock nostalgia with an excerpt from a Clash biography and photos from Elton John’s legendary live shows.
  • Dancing With the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli, 52, bares it all for a UK charity event. (The Sun)
  • Pussycat Dolls frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger says she’s moving in with her British racing hunk, Lewis Hamilton.(Mirror)
  • Josh Hartnett has begun a defamation suit against The Daily Mirror, which claimed the actor had sex with a woman in the library of a London hotel while security cameras rolled.(BBC)
  • The UK is lagging behind other nations in education – despite longer school days and above average spending.(The Times)
  • Pitchfork sits down with 50-year-old Paul Weller.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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