Once again, we review Torchwood: Miracle Day in the latest Hitchhiker's Guide to Britsh Sci-Fi, this time it's episode 4, "Escape to L.A." which is the current episode on the UK transmission schedule. Join us live on the net this Sunday when we review "Categories of Life" (episode 5).
Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 14
Running Time: 1:25:58
Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 4 - "Escape to L.A." reviewed live over the net with your live feedback including Robert Carrie-King.
The ELEVENTH HOUR 0/10 worst opening story to any new WHO season and all of the classic WHO seasons with the exception of TIME AND THE RANI and even that might beat this mess out. It’s an interesting idea that the Doctor might visit a child and then take them on as a companion when they are an adult but this is so badly done, it’s slow and boring and mostly unfunny straining to be funny. Amy dies for the first time here maybe—I won’t be checking since I don’t ever want to watch this mess. The “monsters” wait around until she recovers and until Rory and the Doctor give a painfully slow rescue and talk and chat. The Doc shows clips of himself to scare about the great big poor special effect eye monster spaceship. Really bad.
Terry Nation, the creator of the Daleks (with nods to Raymond Cusick who designed them and of course Davros himself) for Doctor Who as well as the creator of the popular British sci-fi series, Blake's 7 would had been 81 years old today (well, now yesterday (8th of August) by the time you are reading this unless you are in Hawaii for the next hour or two). Of course his credits extend further than Doctor Who and Blake's 7. There was The Survivors, and episodes of various televsion series he contributed to both in the UK and US during the course of his career.
We lost him all too soon at the age of 66 in 1997. It was about ten years (give or take) before then when I had an opportunity to sit down with him and interview him. Unfortunately, the audio of that interview has slipped through a time vortex or a crack in space. Hopefully it is re-materialize at some point. I don't even have any photographs to share from that time. Perhaps like so many other cast and crew that I was meeting at that time I assumed there will always be the next time if I didn't get a photo that time. Sadly, there was no next time in my case with Terry Nation.
My memories of Terry Nation is that he was very open about his work. You could tell he enjoyed having the opportunity to speak about it. There was certain intensity about him. He would be quick to correct you if presented with information that didn't jive with what he knew to be the case. Not in a rude a way, by any means.
If you are following Torchwood: Miracle Day, you will want to listen to the latest Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi in which we review episode 3, 'Dead of Night' on it. We'll be reviewing episode 4 "Escape to LA" on Sunday at 4pm, see details here.
Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi - Episode 13
Running Time: 1:09:41
Torchwood: Miracle Day - Episode 3 - "Dead of Night" reviewed live over the net with your live feedback including Samantha.
BBC America has on it's website an announcement that before the series begins, each week they will air a special leading up the series return.
The first special will air August 13th and is called "Doctor Who: Best of the Doctor"
The next special will air August 20th and is called "Doctor Who: Best of the Monsters"
The third special is on the August 27th and is called "Doctor Who: Best of the Companions" and that will air after the new episode "Let's Kill Hitler"
For the full story you can see it here: